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Maggie Daley Park charmed us with its ice skating loop, challenged us with its climbing structures and thrilled us with its amazing play garden. It's easy to spend an entire day playing at this beautiful park, thanks to the tennis courts, picnic groves and fun, family-friendly events. Now there's yet another amazing thing to do at Chicago's best and brightest new park: City Mini Golf!

Visiting the Windy City this summer? Chicago is a must-visit destination every season of the year, but in the summertime, it truly shines. From our beautiful, Lake Michigan beaches to our playful, imaginative parks, there is something for every adventure-loving family under the sun. Budget-wise moms and dads will be happy to learn that the best things to see and do this summer in Chicago are totally free!

Here are our family's picks for the top seven free things to do this summer in Chicago. 

Millennium Park Ice Skating

Is it March already?? They say time flies when you're having fun and that's definitely the case in Chicago. This weekend continues to bring some great events that you can't miss. Check out a spectacular show of orchids, pig out on some of Chicago's best wings or taste classic and new brews at one of two booze festivals. Oh, and don't miss the final weekend of downtown ice skating. Make your weekend plans for Chicago here with these seven top picks.

5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.
Fairmont Chicago

Located in the hustle and bustling Lakeshore East neighborhood just east of Michigan Avenue and south of the Chicago River, the Fairmont Chicago is a perfect home base for a weekend out in the city. Whether you’re coming from another corner of the city or from farther away, it’s the place to relax and also do a bit of local exploration.

Chicago Summer 2016: Family Bucket List!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

North Avenue Beach Chicago

Summer in Chicago. The sun! The beaches! The festivals! When looking for family friendly activities, the possibilities in Chicago are endless. The summer days are drifting way, how many of our top 10 things to do and see in the city can you finish before school starts?

The Design of Maggie Daley Park

Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

As if Millennium Park weren't enough of an attraction, now Chicago is very much excited for the new Maggie Daley Park. While we may think of parks as places of nature, they involve an incredible amount of design of architecture. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh has envisioned this new park, and here is an overview of its history and its visually enticing and interactive features. 

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