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June 29, 2023

5 Top Sights to See in Chicago This Summer

Chicago is a sight-seeing wonderland, filled with endless things to see and do. The summer is a popular time to visit the city, and for good reason. When the weather is warm and the sun is out, there are so many places to visit that add something special to your summer vacation. Surrounded by a beautiful Lake Michigan and skyline, you can cool off or soak up some rays all throughout the city. We’ve gathered the top 5 sights that you need to see this summer during your visit to Chicago.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is a one-stop destination for all the best summer activities. Adults and kids alike can enjoy the picturesque waters and scenic views of Lake Michigan. Starting off with one of the most iconic features of the pier, Centennial Wheel is open during the summers and ready to take you to new heights. You can gain a bird's eye view of the skyscrapers and create lasting memories from within your own ferris wheel car. Adults can enjoy the beer garden on the water, choosing from an extensive selection of food and drink. Whether you prefer local craft beer or never before seen cocktails and frozen drinks, you can’t go wrong while enjoying a beer soaked brat or hand tossed pizza. Once the sun goes down, the pier fills with onlookers ready to watch the summer firework show. The free display runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day—and they never cease to amaze.  

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, was designated a National Historic Landmark and is celebrating its 99-year anniversary this year. Whether or not you’re a sports fan, visiting the stadium is a must on any Chicago trip. The iconic stadium boasts a gorgeous ivy-covered wall, a hand turned score-board, and the recognizable red sign outside the main gates. You can enjoy the history of the stadium while cheering on the Chicago Cubs this summer.  

Millenium Park

Millennium Park is one of the most well-known landmarks in the city and is best enjoyed during the summertime, though it’s great all year round too. The most visited element is Cloud Gate—otherwise known as The Bean—overlooks the street below. Besides The Bean, there is also Pritzker Pavilion, which overlooks the Great Lawn. During the summer, there are a multitude of free events for the public to enjoy there, from concerts to movie nights. Bring a blanket to sit on or enjoy the stadium seats as you take in the local culture or enjoy a free concert. Many visitors also enjoy a picnic before the shows start, sitting among the skyscrapers and appreciating the weather. Millennium Park is also home to a  green space and garden, often themed around the seasons of the year. Visitors can find various flora and fauna in the heart of the city and take a break from the concrete jungle.

Crown Fountain

Crown Fountain is known for its unmistakable 50 foot screens displaying various faces. Located next to The Bean, this is a tourist’s favorite to stop and marvel at. Every 5 minutes, the faces “spit” water down on onlookers, bringing joy to the children who wait patiently for their chance to run through the fountain. This is a great activity to cool down during the warm summer months no matter your age.

The Chicago Riverwalk

Located in the heart of the city is the Chicago River, which flows past some of the most iconic landmarks in the city. During the summer, you can enjoy the water from a boat or kayak tour, or you can stay dry on land from the over 2.5 mile long riverwalk. There are many local pubs and eateries along the river, most featuring outdoor patios for you to enjoy their craft beers, fine wines, and a variety of delicious foods. During the summer, you can usually hear music flooding out from each of the restaurants, both live and recorded.If you’re looking for a more relaxing river experience, the River Theater is a great spot for quiet enjoyment of the scenery. The concrete steps offer plenty of seating right along the riverside. In the early mornings you might find a morning yoga class under the honey locust trees, or locals sometimes trying their hand at fishing. In the evening, as you stroll on the riverwalk, be sure to stop and enjoy Art on theMart, the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, displayed across the river on the face of theMART.

Make this summer one to remember

There is so much to see and do in Chicago that each time you visit can be an entirely unique experience. The summer is a great time to stop at some of the more iconic locations in the city and enjoy the sun. With so many exciting sights to see, you’ll never forget your summer vacation in Chicago. To add a cherry on top of your trip, you should book a hotel in the heart of the city that continues to provide exciting experiences and restful nights. Hotel EMC2 is a boutique hotel within walking distance of many of the most iconic sights Chicago, and promises an experience exactly like nothing else.  To book your stay this summer at the intersection of art and science, click here.

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection
228 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 915-0000
Reservations: (844) 205-3939
Email: Info@HotelEMC2.com
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