Some of the world's best dining, shopping, attractions, architecture and hotels can be found right here in Chicago. From first-rate theater and museums to iconic sports teams and landmarks galore, Chicago is the only destination you need to consider for the perfect summer getaway.
1. WALKING, RUNNING OR BIKING THE LAKEFRONT
Look no further than Chicago's 26 miles of lakefront to get the most stunning, spectacular views of the city's skyscraper-laden coast framing Lake Michigan. Don't forget to grab a Divvy bike!
2. BE SERENADED AT THE GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE COUNTRY'S ONLY OUTDOOR CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES OF ITS KIND
3. SEE WHEN THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER AT THE FIELD MUSEUM
Learn about the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World, with this special exhibit at The Field Museum, running through September 7.
4. LOLLAPALOOZA. IT'S A PRETTY BIG DEAL.
See the world's biggest alternative rock, metal, dance and hip hop acts take the stage at Lollapalooza, a three-day explosion of irresistible music and inevitable fun.
5. MILLENNIUM PARK AND "THE BEAN"
It's really called Cloud Gate, but the Bean sculpture centerpiece of Millennium Park has become a Chicago icon, bringing thousands together to stare into its mesmerizing reflection. Explore the rest of the park and you have yourself one worthwhile summer activity.
6. EXPLORING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. THERE ARE 77 OF THEM.
Get off the beaten path and see what else Chicago has to offer. You never know what gems you might find.
7. FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS
Get your culture on with one of hundreds of festivals happening throughout the Chicago summer. Art, culture, food and fun! Pace yourself.
8. CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF WRIGLEY FIELD
The "Friendly Confines" have been a Chicago sports institution for a century. Come out to a ball game this summer and enjoy the special centennial festivities.
9. WHY EAT INSIDE WHEN AL FRESCO IS A THING? TAKE YOUR FOOD OUTDOORS FOR THE BEST PATIO DINING
10. THE BEACH! WHAT SUMMER WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SUN AND SAND?