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Chicago's Very Own Mermaid School! Where Young and Old Alike Can Make Waves

AquaMermaid Chicago
If you've ever dreamed of directing ships to safe inlets and riding the waves Ariel-style, here's your chance to transform into a mermaid: At Chicago's very own AquaMermaid school you'll trade your feet for fins and learn everything you need to know about mermaid life. Here's what to expect at your very first AquaMermaid Lesson.

The Best Bars for Drinks & Recreation in Chicago: Game On!

FTW Chicago Arcade For The Win

Sometimes alcohol and sports don't mix, but these action-packed arcade bars provide both drinks and recreational opportunities in Chicago. Luckily, there's little chance you'll get hurt when playing ping pong, or scoring points on video games. Even if you lose, it's all about having fun and delicious cocktails or craft beers with friends.

Chicago Sports Museum Shows Off 8 Exciting New Exhibits

Michael Jordan's Last Shot Basket

Located in Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan Ave), Chicago Sports Museum has curated even more Chicago sports memorabilia. For just $5 — or free after dining at Harry Caray's — see and experience some of the greatest moments of sports history. From Mike Ditka's playbook to Benny the Bull's suit, these 8 new exhibits will take you on journey through Chicago sports' history.

Spend a Summer Evening on The 606

The 606Chicago's latest and greatest park and trail system is The 606, a 2.7 mile trail that connects four ground level parks and four amazing Chicago neighborhoods. Running along Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland Avenue on the east to Ridgeway Avenue on the west, the 606 provides a glorious stretch of green space and trails for runners, walkers, bikers and nature lovers. Here's our guide to a fabulous summer evening date on The 606.

Keep Fit this Summer! Free Outdoor Workouts at Millennium Park & The Field Museum

Workouts in the Park
If you're looking to enjoy the fresh air while having fun and getting fit, Chicago has you covered this summer. Both Millennium Park and The Field Museum will be offering weekly summer fitness classes. All classes are offered outdoors, with views that will inspire you to keep on movin'. Best of all, they're FREE!

Take a Nature Tour! Burnham Wildlife Corridor Boasts 5 New Art & Culture Gathering Spaces on the Park Trail

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Hiking, biking and walking became literally more attractive with the opening of the new Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces. The South Side lakefront trail boasts local artist and community designed art installations that reflect African American, Latino and Chinese cultures. Extending from 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive, the trail weaves through the diverse communities of Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, which are highlighted by the installations.

Weekend Alert June 10-12: Mega Events America's Cup & Chicago Blues Festival PLUS Ribs, Food Trucks and Art Fairs

America's Cup World Series trophy

It's summertime and things are heating up in Chicago. We've got sports (witness soccer and sailing history this weekend!), music (join 500,000 blues fans at Grant Park!), art (check out the Art Institute's opener and an art fair favorite!), and much more. We have some great weekend plans for you in Chicago.

America's Cup: See the Sailing Action from Aboard a Boat, or a Helicopter!

America's Cup World Series Chicago: June 10–12, 2016

Get a unique perspective of history in the making at Louis Vuitton's America's Cup World Series this weekend. Not only is Chicago hosting the sailing competition for the first time, but it's also the first time in 165 years that the competition will take place in fresh water. These viewing options provide the best opportunity to see the race and the Chicago skyline.

Kayaks, Canoes, Cruises, Surreys & Water Taxis: 5 Unique Ways to Experience the Chicago River

Wateriders Kayak Tours Chicago

The Chicago River flows across the city, crossing the downtown Loop. Famous for having its flow reveresed in the late 1800's, our 156 mile long river links the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. While you can always stroll along the beautiful Riverwalk, why not hop into a kayak, paddle a canoe, take a cruise, pedal a bicycle or even zip around in a water taxi? Here are five unique ways to experience the Chicago River.

Bike the Drive with Kids: 2-Wheeled Fun for All Ages, May 29

Bike the Drive Chicago

Here's a summer experience to add to your family bucket list: Bike the Drive. One Sunday per year, Chicago's Lake Shore Drive is closed to cars, turning one of the most fantastic expressways in the world in the world into an unforgettable biking experience. It's one of the best bike rides in the nation, and it's simply wonderful to drive along the stunning Chicago lakefront on a fine, early summer day.

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