Summer Isn’t Over Yet Chicago
Make the Most of the Rest of Your Summer with These Simple Ideas
Summer is nearly over, back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and you may be wishing you had gotten to a few more things on your to-do list over the past two or three months. Don’t worry – there’s still some time left this summer to check a few things off your bucket list while enjoying time with family and friends. The best part is that none of these ideas require a lot of planning or traveling, so they can be done easily during these last few (not so) lazy days of summer – right here in the Chicago area.
Make it a Beach Day
It’s just not summer without a beach day. Fortunately, Chicago has some of the best beaches on Lake Michigan, so you’re never too far from a sandy spot. Check out one of the newer beaches, Oakwood Beach, which has a lifeguard and public facilities. Montrose Beach is the perfect place to take your pooch for a swim while you relax under an umbrella or play a round of volleyball. For a more scenic, relaxing experience, visit Rainbow Beach, which is part of the 60-acre Rainbow Park adjacent to one of Chicago’s oldest public gardens. A lifeguard station, playground, and restrooms are available for public use.
Spend a Day on the Lake
Speaking of the lake, this world-famous body of water is best enjoyed by boat. Whether you’re fishing, waterskiing or just enjoying some leisure time, the lake is a boater’s paradise. Don’t have a boat? That’s OK! Joining a boat owner club such as Carefree Boat Club gives you access to a wide variety of boats for whatever activity you’re looking to do without the hassle of actually owning a boat. And when you don’t have to worry about things like maintenance and insurance, you can actually enjoy your time on the water instead of stressing about it.
Spend a few days being a hometown tourist. Residents of the Chicago area live in one of the most visited places in the country. Allow yourself to be a tourist for a day and enjoy all the city has to offer. Beat the heat by dropping into some of Chicago’s famous museums such as the Art Institute or the Museum of Science and Industry. Visit some of the monuments in Grant Park or ride to the top of Willis Tower. And of course, it wouldn’t be summer without catching a game at Wrigley Field.
Read a Book
If you had a really optimistic summer reading list lined up but haven’t even cracked the binding on your first book, then now is the time. Set aside a day one weekend – or maybe even take one of those vacation days you keep putting off – and just stay home and read. Enjoy some much needed quiet time before the hecticness of fall, school and work return.
Remember, summer isn’t over yet. There’s still time to do those activities you’ve been pining for but have somehow managed to be too busy to do. So set aside a few days this month to make some new summer memories.