Summer Fun in Chicago!

6/28/2017 12:00:00 AM

School’s out and the sun is shining. It’s the perfect time to enjoy all the city has to offer with family, friends and your church community. If you’re a part of a small group, this might be the perfect time to start planning a summer get-together. But what to do?


Chicago truly comes alive during the summertime. There are plenty of family-friendly and free events to choose from all over. Here are a few ideas so you can start planning your next activity!


1. Movies In The Park

One of the best events the city has to offer during the summertime is the Movies In The Park. Newer family-friendly films such as Secret Life Of Pets and Sing as well as older favorites such as The Sandlot will be playing in parks all across the city, almost every day of the week. See the Chicago Park District’s website to see what’s playing near you. Don’t forget the popcorn!


2. Picnic On The Beach

Did you know that Chicago has 24 beaches that line beautiful Lake Michigan? That means you have many to explore this summer! Pack a lunch and head out for a beach day. Always check to make sure conditions are safe first through the Chicago Beaches website. Some beaches have areas to play volleyball and frisbee, which will make for an afternoon of fun.


Of course, one of the most popular times check out the northside beaches is during the Air & Water Show on August 19 & 20. If you haven’t been before, there’s certainly something for everyone.


3. Check Out A Museum

As much as we long for the summer sun, there is bound to be a few rainy days this summer. From the Museum of Science & Industry to the Chicago History Museum, there’s plenty of learning to be done even though school is out of session. Most museums have free days throughout the summer, so double check before you go. Or, stop by your nearest Chicago Public Library location to see if there are any Kids Museum Passport passes available for your family to use.


4. Go For A Swim

The lake isn't the only place where you can cool off this summer. There are 49 public pools located in various neighborhoods for you to have a swim and enjoy the sunshine. Chicago Park District public pool hours vary by location, so check before you go.


5. Take An Architecture Tour

For families with older children or couples looking for a unique way to spend a Saturday afternoon, check out the Chicago Architecture Foundation. While you may know them for their popular boat tour, did you know they offer a wide variety of walking tours? Most are under $20 and include downtown as well as other neighborhoods in the city. See the city in a new way this summer!


Chicago truly comes alive during the summer. Whether you’ve just moved here or have been a Chicagoan your entire life, you can discover something new about your city this season. The hardest part will be choosing a favorite!


Share with us! What’s your favorite summer activity?