Sure, we’re the ‘Windy City’, and yes we do have bone-chilling winters, but the city of Big Shoulders also does an about-face in summer, turning into a hotbed of activity and festivals. Here are some must-do things in Chi-town.
• Get on yer bike
Haven of peace: Amandari is on a cliff above the Ayung river. Kristopher Anderson
Chicago is one of the best cities to bike around in. No visit to the city would be complete without a ride along the scenic Lake Michigan bike path. Rent your wheels at the historic Navy Pier and head north right alongside the lake. You’ll be able to take in the skyline, see locals at play, hang out at the beach—all the while seeing multiple neighbourhoods in this iconic city.
• Scale tall buildings
Sure the Mid-West is flat, but that only makes it easier to see miles and miles into the distance. If you’re in Chicago for a short spell, head straight to the Signature Lounge atop the Hancock Centre on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue). Entry is free, the drinks are decent and if you’re lucky you can get a seat by the window from where you can see the entire Chicago land area. It’s a romantic spot to take in the sunset, and a mind-blowing venue if you’re into photography.
• Rock out
Rock on: The music concert at Grant Park. Tammy Lo
Chicago is home to two critically acclaimed music festivals that promise jaw-dropping line-ups and amazing venues. If you’re into mainstream music, you can’t ask for more than Lollapalooza, which takes place the first weekend in August, every year. Held in the middle of Grant Park, Lollapalooza puts music lovers at the centre of the city’s skyline, and right beside breezy Lake Michigan. You’re guaranteed to bob your head in approval, whether you love the music or the park.