A Perfect Chicago Day

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

So you're coming to Chicago and you want some suggestions on things to do. First of all, good call on visiting in the summer. This city isn't quite as pleasant in the winter. But summers in the Windy City? They can't be beat.
Below is a list of some of my favorite things to do during the day, maybe you'll enjoy them as well!

1. Go On An Architecture Boat Tour.
The history of the Chicago skyline is more interesting than you might think! See it by boat with a drink in hand and it gets even more interesting. I do this tour at least once every summer and I love it every time.

2. If an architecture boat tour doesn't sound fun to you, rent an electric boat instead and be your own captain as you cruise around the Chicago river. Pack some wine and cheese and this is always a good time.

3. Get out of downtown and head to the Lincoln Park Zoo (it's free!) And when you've had enough of the animal smells walk across the street to Mon Ami Gabi and have some oysters on their great patio.

4. Get your Ferris Bueller on at the Art Institute. I'm usually not cool enough to be an "art museum type of gal" but even I love the Art Institute. I also love their snack bar.

5. Rent a kayak or paddle board. Kayaking down the Chicago river can be a little .... gross at times depending on how dirty the water is, but I usually enjoy it never the less. And paddle boarding in Lake Michigan is always a blast.

*Not my photo, but I bet these cute dads in plaid don't mind me posting them.

6. Go to a baseball game! Cubs or Sox, both are a fun time.

7. Catch an improv show! Go to any show at either Second City or iO and you will have a good time. Both theaters have produced more comedic stars than I can even count.

8. Speaking of comedy, let's talk about stand-up... Zanies is Chicago's oldest comedy club. It hosts some of the best comedians from all over the country every weekend.

Of course there's also shopping, the beach, renting bikes, and a plethora of other tours/things you can do. I just named a few of my favorites. If I left something off, tell me below!

This post was sponsored by Ford, but all Chicago favorites mentioned are my own. For more Chicago fun, check out this episode of Taste Buds Chicago!

To see where I've been eating lately, check out this post. And more importantly, click here to see my favorite Bloody Mary's in the city.

What's your favorite thing to do in Chicago?


  1. I visited Chicago last spring and LOVED it! The architecture boat tour is amazing. I had so many people recommend we do that, and it sounded weird to me, but was so so awesome. Can't wait to make another trip!

  2. The boat tour is great! Shopping on Michigan Ave is pretty awesome too :)

  3. I've wanted to visit Chicago for awhile now. One day I will make it. I would love to go on the architecture boat tour!

  4. We were just there this past weekend and decided to go to the Shedd Aquarium. I really liked it and thought it was fun.

  5. I enjoy Ravinia Park and the Botanic Garden during the summer, though those are not actually in Chicago. (They're an easy Metra ride from Ogilvie Transportation Center downtown).

  6. Yup...I wanna come down from 'Sconnie, like, right now. You got an extra room & wanna be my guide?! Tee hee!

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

  7. i haven't done any of these things and I seriously need to change that.

  8. I've only been to Chicago once since moving to Michigan, but I want to go back soon! Great ideas! I'll be keeping them in mind!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle