Summer in Chicago

 Flat and Point

Flat and Point

Memorial Day Weekend, the un-official start of summer in Chicago whether the weather holds up or not!  I spent the weekend watching College ultimate frisbee nationals and hanging out at the beach and just this one weekend in the sun has me excited for the rest of summer.  While we love to highlight amazing wedding vendors and gems in Chicago, we'd also love to chat about some of the amazing things Chicago has to offer during the summertime. 

1. Flat & Point

Farm to table BBQ joint right at Fullerton Beach along the bike path. Their taco and slider menu have an array of meat and vegetarian options, using the Texas style of cooking using an offset smoker. Owner and Chef, Brian, trained and worked at Spiaggia in Chicago and has created a unique Chicago style BBQ. Open from 12-7, Tuesday to Sunday! @Flatandpoint

2. Green City Market

Speaking of Farm to Table, be sure to check out Green City Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in 3 locations!  The most popular in Lincoln Park from 7am to 1pm. They sell various local jams, produce, juices and more. Spend the morning perusing the free samples and buy some fresh flowers for your kitchen table. Nothing better than supporting local and sustainable farmers.  @greencitymarket

3. Movies in the Park

Go watch a free movie in Millennium Park on Tuesday evenings. If you work in the loop, pack a blanket and a bottle of wine in your work bag and just walk east once the day is over!  They will have a wide array of movies to watch, starting June 5th, including Hairspray, Groundhog Day, Get Out, School of Rock and more. It is FREE admissions, starting at 6:30pm!

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4. Explore the 606

The East/West trail that used to be the Historic Bloomingdale train line stretches across Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square to form a bike and running trail.  It has multiple access points and historic sites and parks. There are organized trail runs, a 606 block party and lots of star-gazing opportunities organized by a truly invested and thoughtful community. 

5. Visit Universities

Chicago has an array of universities all over the city with both city architecture and classic college campus feels.  Ride your bike down Lake Shore Drive, get off at the Museum of Science and Industry and bike on over to the University of Chicago in Hyde Park.  The campus is beautifully littered with stone architecture and greenery galore.  Plus Hyde Park is home to Valois, beloved breakfast spot of Obama.  Or take a ride to Loyola University or Northwestern up in Evanston. 

 University of Chicago - Chuck Szmurlo

University of Chicago - Chuck Szmurlo

6. Chicago Architecture Tours

Chicago is internationally known for its architecture.  As home of the first skyscraper, many famous residential buildings and commercial buildings reside in Chicago's skyline.  There are a multitude of options when it comes to Chicago Architecture Tours.  There are cheaper walking options, where you take a leisurely stroll along the city with historical commentary or you can hop on a boat on the Chicago River and hear all about the history of Chicago through an architectural lens.