Located in Arlington Heights, less than an hour on the Union Pacific Northwest line from Ogilvie Transportation Center. Arlington International Racecourse is a taste of the Kentucky Derby lifestyle right here in Illinois. Break out your cutest sundress and floppy hat and cheer on horses with a flute of champagne in hand. Betting is optional and we advise setting an amount before you get there. (Usually about $20 or $30 and sometimes you can break even or make a few bucks!)
photo by Chicago Botanic Gardens
The Chicago Botanic Gardens are 385 acres of 27 different beautiful gardens in Glencoe. To get there it’s just a little over an hour on the Union Pacific North line from Ogilvie Transportation Center. Spend a day walking or biking through the different areas and then enjoy a meal in the Garden View Cafe. There are also cooking and photography classes and events throughout the summer. Sometimes you need some fresh air and greenery away from the city.
3. Royal Palms
photo by NY Daily News
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard is a Florida Beach inspired place with shuffleboards and other games to play with friends located in Bucktown. Enjoy a beer or prosecco in a mason jar at the bar or grab a burger from the side truck located in an open entrance on one side of the building. There is also a fun and free photo booth set-up with silly props to capture some moments and insta worthy snaps.
photo by SAIC Campaign
Chicago’s version of the NYC Highline; the 606 walkway! A decade in the making, the 606 brings together arts, history, design, trails for bikers, runners, and walkers. This once train line makes for the perfect place to get a taste of nature while in the city. Perfect for events or a family stroll, the 606 offers a fun and relaxing way to get out and explore the urban parks of Chicago.
photo by Chicago-Chinatown Info
A quick CTA ride from downtown lies a secret gem, Chinatown. Full of fun food, sights, and shopping, Chinatown is certainly a must do location while in Chicago. For our shopping inclined gals check out Chinatown square, a two-story outdoor mall equipt with not one but two Korean beauty stores. You can stock up on all things skincare and makeup before heading to Hing Kee for there famous handmade noodles and traditional soup dumplings, aka heaven in the form of food. For those with a sweet tooth, you can not go wrong with grabbing a coconut milk bubble tea before heading out to one of many candy sweet shops. Aji Ichiban, a Japanese candy store is everything and more than you can imagine, the variety of treats to pick from here is mind-blowing. For those who are little more adventurous be sure to stop by the dried food section and try the dried mini crab, you won't be disappointed. Before leaving, be sure to stop by the 12 beautiful, bronze zodiac figures in the heart of the square.
photo by Mackenzie News Service
This iconic summer event, The Garden walk, opens more than 100 neighborhood lush gardens for all to explore starting off right by us in Lincoln Park. This summer is the 50th anniversary so be sure to stop by this weekend of fun and enjoy music, food, local artisans, along with lots of other activities and performers. And best part? It's right in our neighborhood! So swing by to see us after.
photo by Eater Chicago
Attention all you insta-foodies! Each summer, Grant Park is transformed into foodie heaven. Local vendors come together in one place to give you the best of the best Chicago has to offer. This festival takes place July 11-15th. Admission is free, and the food is bought with tickets. A great stop on a tour of Chicago!
photo by Everyblock Chicago
Each summer the Chicago Park district features hundreds of events for the Chicago community. One of our personal favorites is Movies in the Park. Each park views one movie per week and is open to the public free of charge! Bring a nice blanket and picnic and enjoy a great Chicago summer night. Check out upcoming movies in link above!
photo by West Loop Community Organization
Located directly in front of the Lincoln Park Zoo, the green city market features the freshest foods from local midwest farmers. From micro greens to homemade pies, brick-oven pizzas to fresh bouquets, this market has it all. Every Wednesday and Saturday take a wander down and explore! Each saturday a local Chicago guest chef demonstrates a dish using ingredients found at the market. A place to engage with the community and get tasty treats.
photo by Time Out
A hidden gem in the heart of downtown. A rooftop lounge and bar that makes any occasion extra special. Featuring light apps to delicious drinks there is something for everyone. Our personal favorite is the tasty roasted cauliflower hummus. For drinks a great go-to is the froze with an umbrella. And of course, you have to finish with a boozy popsicle!