Next to New York, Chicago is one of my favorite cities to be in during the summer. Thanks to some of my favorite people also living there, I always make sure to spend a weekend or two there during the summer months. Whether spending time on Lake Michigan or dining outside, here is my ultimate summer guide for a visit to Chi town.
DINE AND DRINK
Parson’s Chicken and Fish: With its striped umbrellas, huge patio seating and open air space, Parson’s is the perfect spot to head to with a big group. Known for their frozen Negroni’s and of course fried chicken and fish, make sure to share a ton of plates and drinks on a hot summer night here.
Somerset: Interior design heaven! Somerset is decorated to perfection with its navy leather seats, gold details and country club details. What really left me loving this spot though was their daily pastry specials, like a homemade guava pop tart, that is a must to share for the table.
Atwood: Looking for an Instagram worthy shot without the huge crowds? This is the spot. Inside The Alise Hotel, Atwood is a bright brunch spot with tons of delicious food options and of course, Instagram heaven plates.
Homeslice: We spent all of Saturday here for my sisters birthday party (amazing deal if looking to throw a party!) but the open porch, amazing pizza, strong cocktails and neon signs truly made it the ideal spot to spend with friends.
Cindy’s Rooftop: For the ultimate city views, a drink at Cindy’s is the spot to be. With stunning views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, try to make a reservation here for sunset so you’re guaranteed not to miss it.
Jeni’s Ice Cream: Jeni’s is my favorite ice cream company and it kills me that they still haven’t opened a store in NYC! With a few locations around the city, I always make sure to grab a waffle cone of my favorite Brambleberry Crisp.
WHAT TO DO
Walk the Riverwalk: A walk down the Chicago Riverwalk is perfect to soak up the sun, stop for a glass of wine at City Winery and take in the views of both the river and city skyline.
Architecture Boat Tour: One of the best (and only) tourist things I believe in doing in Chicago is taking the architecture boat tour down the Chicago river. It’s a relaxing tour and they teach you SO much about the history of the city and all the stunning buildings that make it.
Cubs Game: While I am not the biggest sports enthusiast, nothing is more classic than having a hot dog and beer at a summer Cubs game.
Head to Lake Michigan: One of the reasons I love Chicago is how easy is it to go from city to beach. For a hot summer day, a day on Lake Michigan is a no brainer.
Lincoln Park Zoo: If you’re looking for a relaxed (and free!) activity, I always love to head to the zoo where you can see a ton of animals without dropping a penny!