10 ways to welcome the Summer Solstice in Chicago

It is going to be a beautiful long, sunny day today as the Summer Solstice arrives to usher in Chicago’s favorite season.

After eagerly anticipating the official arrival of summer, we are ready to bask in the sunshine and enjoy every minute of this longest day of the year.

Here are ten fun things to do in Chicago on this special day:

  • Attend the Make Music Festival: Kick off the day by immersing yourself in the lively rhythms and melodies at the city’s annual Summer Solstice Make Music Festival. Local bands and musicians gather in the parks, serenading the crowd with their eclectic tunes.
  • Take a Stroll along the Lakefront Trail: Enjoy the picturesque views of Lake Michigan as you embark on a leisurely walk or bike ride along the Lakefront Trail. Breathe in the fresh summer air, feel the gentle breeze, and take in the stunning skyline of the city.
  • Picnic at Millennium Park: Pack a picnic basket filled with delicious treats from your favorite deli and head over to Millennium Park. Spread your blanket on the lush green lawn, and watch the reflections in the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture —what has come to be known as “The Bean.”
  • Explore Navy Pier: Visit the famous Navy Pier, a hub of excitement and entertainment. Ride the Ferris wheel for a bird’s-eye view of the city’s skyline and lakefront. Indulge in carnival games, treat yourself to classic Chicago-style hot dogs, or simply relax by the water.
  • Stroll along the Magnificent Mile: Shop at high-end boutiques, visit flagship stores, and indulge in some delicious dining options.
  • Take a Architectural Boat Tour: Discover Chicago’s stunning architecture from a unique perspective on an architectural boat tour along the Chicago River. Learn about the city’s rich history, admire the innovative designs of its skyscrapers, and gain a new appreciation for its urban landscape.
  • Visit the Art Institute of Chicago: Cool off indoors and explore the vast collection of art at the renowned Art Institute of Chicago. Marvel at masterpieces by artists like Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Let the vibrant colors and intricate brushstrokes transport you to different worlds.
  • Enjoy a Jazz Brunch: Chicago has a rich jazz heritage, and what better way to celebrate the summer solstice than by enjoying a jazz brunch? Find a cozy jazz club or restaurant offering live performances while you savor a delicious meal accompanied by the soulful melodies of Chicago’s talented musicians.
  • Join a Yoga Class in Grant Park: Embrace the peaceful vibes of the summer solstice with a yoga class in Grant Park. Find your center as you practice various poses under the open sky, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Let the positive energy flow through your body and mind.
  • Watch the Fireworks Display: As the day comes to an end, find a spot along the lakefront to witness a spectacular fireworks display. Marvel at the colorful bursts of light illuminating the night sky, painting a beautiful backdrop against the city’s skyline.

With these fun activities, and so many more available to explore, Chicagoans can never say they have nothing to do. So celebrate the Summer Solstice in style by enjoying a day filled with music, art, nature, and cultural experiences, creating lasting memories of the longest day of the year in the Windy City.

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