There’s no sweeter reward in Chicago than the arrival of Spring and Summer after a long cold winter, not to mention Polar Vortex! When it’s warm and the sun’s out there’s no place on earth I’d rather be. Here are a few of my favorite things to do as Chicago begins to heat up, that I recently rounded up for The Scout Guide Chicago…
1. Wrigleyville. There’s a right way, and a wrong way to do Wrigleyville. At least if you plan on maintaining a shred of dignity, that is. I like to leave the late night bars to the college coeds, but make a point of getting to at least a few Cubs games every spring and summer. Not a baseball fan? The truth is a trip to Wrigley Field is as much about the ambiance as it is the actual game, and fortunately just being around the stadium on game day (perhaps grabbing lunch at Rockit Burger Bar?) provides a uniquely Chicago experience without the ticket price.
2. Green City Market. Just as a trip to Wrigley isn’t exclusively about baseball, a trip to this farmer’s market offers much more than what’s written on your grocery list. Consistently recognized as one of the best farmer’s markets in the country. You can’t beat the atmosphere, nor the beautiful backdrop in Lincoln Park. My perfect Sunday morning is a trip to the farmer’s market followed by brunch across the street in at Perennial Virant and some boutique shopping in Old Town. Luxury Garage Sale and Handle With Care are two of my favorite shops.
3. Ravinia. My husband and I never let a summer slip by without making it out to Ravinia in Highland Park at least a couple times, and with an awesome lineup of performers this summer it’s safe to say we’ll be in attendance as often as possible! A trip to Ravinia is all about the perfect picnic. We like to cut down on the stress of cooking by making a stop at Whole Foods on the way. No need to splurge on amphitheater tickets- the lawn is where it’s at!
4. MCA. Similar to the Green City Market and Perennial Virant combination, you can’t go wrong with brunch at RL’s and a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art. While everyone knows and loves the Art Institute of Chicago, the smaller but equally beautiful (and perhaps even more conveniently located) MCA offers gorgeous views of the lake and an impressive collection that can be seen in it’s entirety in less than a couple hours. Also, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop… it’s one of my favorite places for unique finds and great gift ideas!
[Originally Published on The Scout Guide]