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Wednesday, June 19, 2019   (1 Comments)
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The City is at its best in the summer and there is plenty to do!

1. Navy Pier 

Yes, it’s very touristy, but during the summer there are daily lake cruises and dazzling fireworks over Lake Michigan on Saturday, July 27 from 10:15 – 10:25 p.m. Plus, a Children’s Museum onsite. And, on Sunday, July 28, there is a free concert. See the event details.  And, if you are going to take a boat tour, then the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is the one to book!  

2. Looking for Something a Bit More Funky? 

Try these options:

  • Wine Tasting at the Zoo
    July 26, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    Taste 35 varieties of wine with food for sale, live music, and a guided garden tour at Summer Wine Fest in the lush gardens of Lincoln Park Zoo for age 21+.

  • Art Tour by Trolley
    July 26, 2019, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

    A ticket for the Trolley Tour includes boxed snacks and a three-hour guided tour by trolley of murals and outdoor art projects. Location varies by month: July is west town.

  • Wicker Park Music Festival
    July 26 - 28, 2019

    Wicker Park Fest brings cutting-edge local and national acts to four stages on Milwaukee Ave. (from North Avenue to Paulina Street), offering “the best in music, food, arts, fashion, kids entertainment, and shopping.” Go early if you want to avoid crowds.

  • Beer & Cider Festival
    July 27, 2019

    A ticket to South Loop Beer & Cider Fest includes beer and hard cider samples, with live music and food for sale at Chicago Women’s Park & Garden.

  • Margarita Tasting
    July 27 - 28, 2019

    Chicago Margarita Festival promises live music, dancing, games, food trucks, and margarita tasting on Navy Pier for age 21+.

3. Play Ball! 

Take in a game. The Cubs are not at Wrigley while we are at ACLEA but the White Sox play at home:

  • July 26, 7:10 p.m.: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (Country Music Night & Fireworks)
  • July 27, 6:10 p.m.: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (Super Hero Night and White Sox Spider-Man Bobblehead)
  • July 28, 1:10 p.m.: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
    (Topps Baseball Card Giveaway)

4. Tour the Lake by Bike

For only 9.95 you may access Chicago’s city bike rental program – the Divvy bikes – for an entire day.

Biking not your thing? There are great walking tours too! Even a scavenger hunt. Or, hit the beach! 

5. Art!

Perhaps it’s too darn hot and an air-conditioned museum sounds about right. The famed Chicago Art Institute is a fantastic place to chill, as is the Museum of Contemporary Art.

6. Buckingham Fountain

And do see the Fountain! The famed Buckingham Fountain gushes in all its glory. The light show happens every hour from dusk until 10 pm. 

7. See the Bean! 

Sure, it’s officially “cloud gate”, but this public sculpture is nicknamed the Bean and it is the iconic entrance to Millennium Park! Right next to it is Crown Foundation – an interactive public art and video sculpture that welcomes kids and kids at heart to take a splash!  And, while you are there, you might take in a free concert!  

8. And, Let’s Talk Pizza!

Pizzeria Uno is still the place for deep dish; although Due is a close second. 

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Rick Horowitz, Prime Prose, LLC says...
Posted Saturday, July 6, 2019
I received several calls and messages pitching this "better rate." Sounded sketchy, and I turned it down. Rick Horowitz Wordsmith in Chief Prime Prose, LLC