Good afternoon, everyone! Today, we’re here to provide you with a few fun ideas and ways to spend your weekend in my hometown, Chicago. While some of these are taking place right now, other attractions are available (and often free!) year round – so to those of our national followers, this might be the perfect time for you to plan a trip to our Windy City!
- Lollapalooza: One of the iconic moments of a Chicago summer is Lollapalooza. Whether you like rock, indie, country (sometimes), EDM, rap, or pop music… this is the place to be! This year, headliners like Dua Lipa and Green Day are taking the stage in just a few hours. If you’ve never been to Grant Park, this is certainly your reason to make a trip Downtown. We recommend buying tickets in advance when able, dressing for the weather, and hydrating throughout the day to account for walking through the festival grounds!
- Randolph Street Market: Another awesome attraction that is set to return to Chicago after its Covid-based hiatus is the Randolph Street Market. Also found in the downtown area of the city, you can find antiques, vintage clothing, food, drinks, entertainment, and more at this fest! Make sure to stop by on July 30th or 31st to participate.
- Taste of [Neighborhoods]: Additionally, while not necessarily tied to one place (Wicker, Chicago in general, Lincoln Ave, and more!), there are several “Taste of” events scattered throughout the warm summer months. Usually lined with other goodies and live music, these are often free and wonderful ways to spend your afternoon. Make sure to plan your transportation to the event and wear comfortable shoes! While most vendors have POS terminals, we also recommend having a bit of cash on hand to ease the process.
- The Bean and the Magnificent Mile: As I’m sure you’ve heard of, one of the most tourist-centric areas is Millennium Park and specifically, “the Bean.” An enormous and shocking sculpture, the Bean is one of the visuals that remind people of our city. Make sure to take a bit of a walk or drive North and shop along the Magnificent Mile, home to the most populous stores in the city.
- A walk on the Lakeshore Path or Chicago River: Finally, and also free, is walking along Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. There are several entry points to these walking paths throughout different neighborhoods, so a quick map search will direct you toward your closest route. Not only are the walks beautiful, but give a great opportunity to view the city and its buildings from far and from up close.
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