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The Best Ways To Enjoy Summer In Chicago, According To Chicagoans

We asked. You answered. Here are 400 places to bike, eat, cool off and more.

May 28, 2019

From Rogers Park to Hegewisch, Chicago is the best place to be in the summer.

But whether you’re new to the city or a lifelong resident, there’s always more ice cream to eat, nature to explore and places to cool off.

And who better to offer those recommendations than fellow Chicagoans?

So we here at WBEZ created some fill-in-the-blank prompts so you could tell us what to do for fun.

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We received hundreds of suggestions for weekend adventures — and weekday escapes. Below is an edited list of 400 responses, randomly numbered, that can be sorted in a variety of ways.

Now, go enjoy your summer!



This piece was designed, developed and compiled by Paula Friedrich, with help from Julian Hayda, Michael Lansu, Natalie Moore and Daniel Tucker. Special thanks to all of you who offered your contributions to this list, as well as design and utility feedback.