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Summer Events + Things to Do in Chicago

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Here’s your guide to making the most out of summer in Chicago

There’s nothing quite like summer in Chicago. All season long, you can play beach volleyball on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, kayak through a skyscraper canyon, sip cocktails from rooftop bars with skyline views — the list goes on and on.

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Retail Therapy

Retail therapy should always be on the agenda when visiting Chicago – with vast diverse shopping districts nearby. One-of-a-kind boutiques, high-end designers, outlet malls, and one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Conveniently accessible from hotel, once you visit Magnificent Mile, State Street, or treat yourself to luxury shopping on Oak Street you are going to need a bigger suitcase!

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City Pass Chicago

Visit Chicago’s incredible attractions, Shedd Aquarium Skydeck Chicago Field Museum and save up to 35%.

City Pass helps with smart savings and the best value tickets. Also alternative passes to fit your itinerary.

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Enjoy Chicago Lakefront

Chicago is blessed with miles and miles of stunning lakefront beaches. Let the kids run and play at Foster Beach, rent a beachfront cabana at North Avenue Beach, or enjoy the skyline views at Rainbow Ranch.

If you’re looking to get active on the water, you can rent a jet ski, kayak, paddleboard, or fly board at Chicago Water Sport Rentals at 31st Street Harbor. Or embark on a kayak tour or paddleboard class with  Urban Kayaks at Monroe Harbor.

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Broadway in Chicago

For over 18 years, Broadway in Chicago has grown to provide incredible performances. Summer brings sunny new plays and an experience for you to enjoy with family and friends.

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United Center

Celebrating 25+ years as America's premier sports and entertainment venue! Home to the @ChicagoBulls, @NCAA March Madness and @NHLBlackhawks. Don’t miss all the sporting action and incredible return of entertainment with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys to name just a few. Located just 8 minutes from hotel.

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Summer Festivals

Experience the best of Chicago's summer with annual festivals that bring the city alive.

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