Chicago has got 156 miles of waterways coursing through and around it, and so it makes sense that there are a great variety of tours available to those who choose to see the city this way – it makes for an unprecedented good viewing opportunity after all.
Ask any Chicago denizen what the worst thing about living in Chicago is and they’ll tell you flat out: “The winter.” True, Chicago does get mighty cold sometimes, and those months of chilly gray don’t do wonders for your tan, but that just means that when it’s summertime, it’s all the better. Look to Chicago in the summer to see the best of not only Chicago, but the best of its residents as well. Here are a couple things to do if you’re looking to explore Chicago in the summertime.
Both a park and a neighborhood, Lincoln Park is one of the highlights of any trip to Chicago. Nestled snug in the northern end of Chicago next to Lake Michigan, this neighborhood has plenty of charm, culture and more than its fair share of things to do and see. Whether spending a day or a week in Lincoln Park, it never seems like enough.
Stepping into a big city’s nightlife is like being a child in a candy store. You’ve never seen so many choices of colors, flavors, styles, and smells, and at first it’s a bit intimidating. Chicago is a big city with a healthy foodie scene, as well as some great blues and jazz clubs. Additionally, there’s the usual gamut of youthful vigor that creates fun karaoke spots and bars with theme nights in just about every Chicago neighborhood. The big Q is – where do you want to go?
Once Old Man Winter heads off to his dusty confines for another year, there’s Chicago springtime to be enjoyed, and oh, how they all come out to play. Like the bear emerges from his winter hibernation, so do Chicagoans emerge to take part in the celebration of the change in seasons. People start smiling more, outdoor farmer’s markets re-emerge, and the joggers return to Lake Michigan.
Late spring to early fall – that’s what they say is the best time to visit Chicago. Why? The sun shines longer, the days are warmer, and the city seems to burst at the seams with the energy and enthusiasm that might as well be a solstice celebration. Bring the family, stay for a while, grab a bite, and enjoy the various museums, sites, and walkways that make this city famous.
Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. How you mesmerize me. Always a fun bacchanalian extravaganza, St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is the spring celebration you’ve been waiting for. Where else on earth would they literally die a whole river green? The bagpipes, the kilts, the parade, the flurry of slurry-spoken brotherly love – it’s almost too much to handle. Fortunately, if you go with a plan, you can plan on having a great time on St. Patty’s Day in Chicago.
You might have heard about the Willis Tower. Repeatedly touted as “a must” for both visitors and residents, the views from high atop the 110 story building is truly a magnificent experience with vantage points into not one or two, but four (4!) states. Couple this with a glass ledge allowing you to walk out into the rarefied air (and thus giving you the feeling that you’re suspended oh-so precariously over the city of Chicago below) and you’ve got quite the tourist draw. The Willis Tower’s observation deck, also known as Skydeck, draws quite the line. Skipping these long lines is a trick within itself, but it can be done. After all, who wouldn’t want to just pop into the tallest building in the western hemisphere?
Chicago’s reputation as having a hard winter is well earned—winters here can be bone-chillingly cold, with a wind that make it feel even colder. It’s no wonder than most tourists visit from May to October. But those visitors who do come during the winter months will find that, despite the cold and snow, there’s still plenty to see and do—and plenty of ways to stay warm.