Chicago Summer is Official

Tomorrow marks the official start of Summer 2014. To us in Chicago, the weather has already climbed to over 90 degrees a few times this season… perfect weather for the many outdoor festivals and events that are set to occur in the city.

Patios are open and beaches are already buzzing with locals and tourists enjoying all that our city has to offer.

Here are our picks for spots to hit up tomorrow in celebration of Summer’s arrival…


Oak Street Beach – Lake Michigan is almost warm enough to swim in, and the sand volleyball courts are fresh. Sit outside and enjoy drinks with friends at the newly renovated bar and grill along Lake Shore Drive. They are open until about 10pm on any given day.

A loaded bloody mary from The Twisted Spoke.
A loaded bloody mary from The Twisted Spoke.

The Twisted Spoke – Looking for a rooftop to spend your day on? The Twisted Spoke in River North is your answer, with great food and drink specials. An edgy bar and brunch spot full of unexpected menu items and some of the best bloody mary’s on the planet! With veggies, deli meat and a beer side car, the bloody mary’s here could almost be a meal on their own.

A plate of tacos from Big And Little's Chicago Restaurant.
A plate of tacos from Big And Little’s Chicago Restaurant.

Big And Little’s – This newly-opened restaurant in Lakeview has a menu full of easy to eat and inexpensive items. Try out a few of the handcrafted tacos or a uniquely flavored burger. The newest location is on Belmont, near the red line stop. Complete with an outdoor seating area and a BYOB drinking policy, you never know what to expect–other than a happily full stomach.

Other Notable Locations include the Northern Hollywood Beach, if you’re looking for less-crowded day at the beach; Millennium Park, a go-to for tourists with a water feature to cool you off; Navy Pier, another tourist hotspot with a ferris wheel for great views; Museum Campus, even if you’re not planning on spending your money to sightsee indoors at the Chicago Museums, there are still plenty of sights to see on the lawn of the buildings- a great spot for people watching or sketching.

No matter what you choose to do with yourself, enjoy the first day of summer! Chicago has a lot to offer for all walks of life.




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