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58 Amazing Things To Do In Chicago In August

Elliot McGowan Elliot McGowan

58 Amazing Things To Do In Chicago In August

With summer in full swing, there’s plenty going on in the Windy City!

Somehow, we’re already at the beginning of a new month, which means there are a plethora of new things to do in the city. Despite thunderstorms seemingly continuously vying with the sun for a spot in the skies above, there’s a wonderful variety of activities here in Chicago rain or shine.

Whether you’re a foodie looking for an undiscovered spot, an outdoorsy type with a hankering for fresh air, or a creative looking to experience something new — Secret Chicago has you covered.

From new restaurants and unmissable exhibitions to unique live performances and adrenaline-pumping activities, these ideas will definitely get the ball rolling. Scroll down through this comprehensive list of awesome things to do in Chicago and start planning your month!

1. Head Down To Chicago’s ‘Neon Summer’ Outdoor Adult Playground

First up, we’ve got to mention Chicago’s new Neon Summer pop up where numerous joyous activities can all be found within a dynamic outdoor adult playground in the heart of Chicago.

Spanning two acres you’ll find Chicago’s only outdoor Go-Kart track, a customized Mini Golf course teeming with exciting challenges, axe-throwing lanes, and much more. Taking place from now through to Saturday, August 28th, Neon Summer offers unparalleled summer fun for all ages in an immersive outdoor setup.

Grab tickets to the Neon Summer pop-up here.

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2. Let Blue Man Group Blow Your Mind

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The global entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group is back for its 30th anniversary with performances at the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago! Known for its award-winning theatrical productions, iconic characters, and creative ingenuity, Blue Man Group performances promise a witty, roller-coaster-paced multisensory spectacle.

Fit for all demographics, be it couples, family, friends, and groups of any shape or form, these visually stunning performances guarantee you’ll be leaving with a grin from ear to ear and a spring in your step.

Grab tickets to these electric performances here.

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3. Explore The World’s Largest LGBTQ Historic Landmark

There are plenty of fascinating tours you can do around Chicago but a guided tour of the award-winning Legacy Project is a must. The tour celebrates LGBTQ contributions to world history and culture through a one-mile series of bronze biographical memorial markers which make up the world’s largest LGBTQ historic landmark: The Legacy Walk.

This fun and fascinating tour explores the lives and achievements of notable LGBTQ individuals such as international superstar Josephine Baker, British mathematician Alan Turing, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Civil Rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, and many, many more!

Grab tickets to a Legacy Walk Tour here.

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4. Head Out To The Thriving Village Of Rosemont

Imagine a shopping center designed with utmost efficiency. A place you and your family can spend the day and have everything you need. Some might even call it a shopping utopia. Well, that’s exactly what Rosemont’s Fashion Outlets of Chicago is and the very reason it was once The Best Factory Outlet Center in the World.

In addition to over 130+  designer outlet stores and high-end amenities, Rosemont offers fun for all the family. Parkway Bank Park, Rosemont’s vibrant entertainment district, is just a stone’s throw away offering numerous entertainment venues. You can also catch a baseball game at Chicago Dogs’ Impact Field and there are a variety of fantastic restaurants and hotels to make it an overnight adventure. Perfect for family days out or romantic escapes, Rosemont offers an all-round day of unparalleled fun.

Check out what’s going in Rosemont here.

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5. Win A Unique Dating Experience With Bumble

On the topic of romantic escapes, you can now win the date of a lifetime with Bumble!

Bumble and Fever have joined forces to unlock a one-of-a-kind luxury date experience in Chicago. The Grand Prize date package will include a private sunset sail for two on Lake Michigan with stunning views of Chicago’s skyline, followed by a romantic meal at a Michelin-starred Next restaurant. Don’t miss your chance to win the best date of your life.

Visit Bumble City Guides and enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize here.  

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6. Embrace The City’s Return To Glory

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The Lakefront, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, The Riverwalk, The 606, and all of Chicago’s adored spots are all alive and kicking. Some reopened a while back, some have reopened in the last few weeks, but all are now accessible in some shape or form after a year of frustrating closures. Step out and embrace Chicago being back at its best. Snap some photos, enjoying getting up close and personal to our great city’s more famed features, and maybe even join a tour or two.

Chicago River Boat Architecture Tours, Chicago Food & Culture Walking Tours and Chicago Street Art & Craft Beer Tours all offer great ways to go out and enjoy Chicago again, whether you’re a local or a visitor.

7. Explore Chicago In A Whole New Way With These Immersive Outdoor Games

With its endless layers and unique pockets to explore, Chicagoans sometimes get the feeling they’ll never get to experience all our amazing city has to offer. Questo, experts in creating open-air exploration games, has found a solution. By mixing real-life elements, local folklore, and immersive quests, these exploratory games take you on eventful adventures across the city and offer one of the most unique ways of discovering our hometown.

Check it out here!

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8. Catch A Candlelight Concert

Of all the events taking place around the city, few things can better the spectacle provided by a sublime Candlelight Concert. Flickering candles and melodic sounds combine phenomenally to create magnetic atmospheres and some of Chicago’s most unique indoor and outdoor venues. From Latin & Tango candlelit concerts to Magical Movie Soundtrack concerts, there is something for everybody.

Some of our favourite concerts taking place this month are:

9. Dance Into The Night At Chicago’s ‘All Day I Dream’ Lakefront Party

While Classical, Jazz, and Latin candlelight concerts can be enjoyed throughout the month, there’s a one-off ‘All Day I Dream’ Lake Party taking place on Saturday, August 21, that looks to be the event of the summer for house music enthusiasts.

Dating back to 2011, All Day I Dream events quickly became an international sensation with Lee Burridge and his unique roster of talented artists providing euphoric experiences around the globe. With iconic artists and unique venues draped in hedonistic decorations, All Day I Dream parties earned a reputation for their utterly magical atmospheres.

Forty cities, hundreds of parties, and countless smiles beneath sunny skies — this is the legacy of the All Day I Dream movement and now Lee Burridge is bringing the notorious day-into-night experience to Chicago’s Burnham Waterfront. You’ll find draped fabrics and flickering fairy lights forming an unforgettable open-air setting beneath the summer sun. As the sun begins to set lanterns and lights will illuminate the waterfront and keep the ambiance lasting long after sundown offering the perfect plan to see out summer.

You can read more about it here, and get your tickets here.

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10. Jump Aboard A Fireworks Booze Cruise

A few days before All Day I Dream comes to Chicago’s waterfront, a packed party boat will be sailing down the Chicago River and out onto the lake for a Fireworks Booze Cruise on Wednesday, August 18. Break up the working week with a cruise down the river. Admire the breathtaking views of Chicago’s architecture, watch the sunset, and finish the night with an unobstructed view of the Navy Pier’s Fireworks show from Lake Michigan.

Grab your tickets here.

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11. Welcome Back The Chicago Air & Water Show

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The weekend after the Fireworks Booze Cruise takes to Lake Michigan you’ll find a whole different spectacle in the skies above. Chicago’s beloved Air and Water Show, one of the largest in the country, is returning with a scaled-back version having been canceled completely last summer. The “new and reimagined” event will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform along the lakefront on the weekend of August 21, and August 22.

The one-hour demonstrations will take place from 12 pm – 1 pm on both Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22 and Sunday. According to the official news release the best viewing locations will be along the lakefront between Oak Street and Fullerton Avenue.

More information can be found here

12-13. Grab Tickets To End Of Summer Festivals

At the end of the month, two contrasting festivals are taking place in Chicago on Saturday, August 28. The first is the  STRENGTH IN THE CITY Festival which will come to The Lakefront Green at Theater on the Lake. Numerous fitness and wellness classes will be kicking off at 8 am offering guests the chance to exercise whilst taking in Chicago’s sensational skyline.

As the day unravels wellness vendors, a farmer’s market, field games, and local DJs ensure the revelry rolls on until live music performances grace three different stages. You can grab tickets to the STRENGTH IN THE CITY Festival here.

If a health and wellness festival doesn’t tickle your fancy, Chicago’s 2021 Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival just might. Test your taste buds, meet local and high-end brands, and learn everything whiskey-related. Various tickets can be purchased and 100% of the money goes to charity. So grab your ticket and get ready to find your new favorite whiskey!

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14. See A Drunk Shakespeare Show

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“Drink, sir, is a great provoker…” This magical stage where great things happen is set in a hidden speakeasy located behind the Chicago Theater. Guests enter to find a glam cocktail bar and library with over 10,000 books. Five classically-trained actors meet as members of “The Drunk Shakespeare Society”. One of them has at least 5 shots of whiskey and then they (quite over-confidently) attempt to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play! Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the four sober actors try and keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking… and what they’re drinking!

Grab tickets to a Drunk Shakespeare show here

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15-18. Go to Town on These 4 Premium Dining Experiences

If you consider yourself an adventurous eater, we’ve got four premium dining experiences made for you and yours. This season, Fever and Wegame have cooked up a quartet of culinary experiences that include a chauffeured gastronomic journey to a mystery restaurant, a personal chef-crafted dinner in your own home, and more!

  • With Find the Dinner, you’ll be whisked away to a surprise restaurant in the city via chauffeur to then be treated to up to seven delicious dishes!
  • Bring The Dinner: A Surprise Menu at Home offers four excellent culinary experiences that range from a simple, 3-course meal to a deluxe menu that includes a premium appetizer, dish, side, and dessert, as well as a bottle of wine.
  • Find the Chef transports expert chefs to your kitchen, so that you can dine on an exquisitely crafted menu in the comfort of your own home while also learning about the details in every dish.
  • Let date night go all night with the Find the Room experience! This luxury experience lets diners go all out with a luxury night away in a three, four, or five-star hotel room complete with a surprise extravagant dinner.

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19. Check Out Chicago’s Womanish Experience

Step into a 5-story experience in the heart of Chicago. Your journey starts by walking through a 1950’s diner and invites you to explore Rhe Womanish Experience through different perspectives. Wind your way up the spiral staircase or float upon the escalator as you visit exhibits by globally known artists, statements about womanhood, and artistic explorations. Flirt with censorship in a juicy way and follow paper planes to a holographic dimension. The Womanish Experience is like nothing you’ve seen before and another wonderfully unique thing to do here in Chicago this month.

Book your tickets to this one-of-a-kind experience here.

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20. Dive Into The World Of Frida Kahlo

Running through summer until September 6, 2021, Frida Kahlo: Timeless offers a presentation of the life and works of Frida Kahlo. Featuring 26 original pieces within an expansive and immersive historical exhibit, it is the largest exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work to come to the Chicago area in over 40 years.

Grab your tickets here!

21. Lose Yourself To Marvelmania

If you’re keen to lose yourself to Marvelmania and snag a selfie with a real-life superhero, there is nowhere better on Earth right now to do that than at The World’s Largest Interactive Super Marvel Exhibit.

Open through September 6, 2021, the Museum of Science + Industry’s Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibition celebrates Marvel history with more than 300 artifacts. Original comic book pages, sculptures, and a whole load of fantastic interactive displays offer a day of unparalleled Marvel fun. With costumes and props from Marvel’s record-breaking blockbuster films, there is something for all ages and all different levels of Avengers-enthusiast.

Read more about it here.

22. Go And See The Enormous New Sculptures At Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum’s new massive new arbor-inspired exhibition is running for one year. Entitled Human + Nature, the stunning exhibition features five massive natural sculptures from renowned South African artist, Daniel Popper. It’s the biggest show of his work to date.

The massive natural sculptures will tower over various locations across the 1,700-acre tree museum and research center for at least one year, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before.

You can read more about it here.

23. Peruse Chicago’s Legendary Street Art

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The consequence of a thriving artistic community is not just a plethora of museums. Stepping outside into Chicago’s streets you can find art on every corner. Today murals do more than just provide an extraordinary spectacle for our eyes. They pay homage to icons, fight for equality, celebrate different heritages, and honor the heroes of society. Some of Chicago’s murals are so esteemed that they’ve embedded themselves in the very fabric of Chicago and are now as much part of the Windy City’s identity as its iconic sculptures and landmarks.

If you’re not familiar with Chicago’s art scene and would like to learn about its history and the inspiration behind some of its famous murals you can head to our Must-See Chicago Murals article or jump on a West Town Street Art Walking Tour of Chicago’s famed mile-long street art corridor known as the B_Line.

You can grab tickets to an art walking tour here.

24-25. Unleash Your Inner Artist At A Spray ‘N’ Sip Urban Art Party

On the topic of street art, with Chicago’s wonderful array of murals it is not difficult to immerse yourself in the art scene here but have you ever tried giving a mural a go yourself? Now with these incredible Spray ‘n’ Sip parties you can unleash your inner artist on a mural with your favorite drink in one hand and a spray can in the other.

BYOB Urban Art Workshops are taking place weekly within Studio W.I.P. at The Chicago Kedzie Plaza while Interactive Rooftop Urban Art Parties take it up a notch with live DJs playing while you paint at Bourbon On Division in Wicker Park. At both of these terrific experiences, there’s no pressure, no presumptions, just creativity flowing in all forms and trained professional artists on hand to teach you the tricks of the trade.

26. Reserve A Spot At The Little Mermaid-Themed Cocktail Bar

There are only a few weeks remaining of Chicago’s popular Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience. We’ve had our eyes on this unique experience for months and now it has finally made a splash in Chicago. There’s no better time to take a plunge beneath the waves, leaving the city streets in your wake, and enter the submersive theatrical Little Mermaid cocktail experience this summer.

Three bespoke nautical cocktails await you at every Little Mermaid cocktail extravaganza but secure a spot soon as tickets are selling out fast!

27. Dine In Darkness With The Secret Society

Another experience offering an evening unlike any other you’ve had before is the Dinining in the Dark with The Secret Society. Taking place several days a week through August this confidential culinary experience is far from the mundane dining experience you’re used to. Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate gastronomic experience for years. At this Dinining in the Dark with The Secret Society a fusion of exceptional dishes and eerie enigma offer a night you won’t forget.

28-29. Kick Back With Goats And Beer

If Dining in the Dark with the Secret Society is the pinnacle of gastronomic experiences, Brews n ‘Baahhs’ is the pinnacle of wholesome afternoons. We’ve been through a lot the past year and if there’s one way to relax and let your mind unwind it’s with a pasture full of adorable billy kids followed up by a selection of craft beer.

Brews n ‘Baahhs’ invites you to escape to the idyllic setting of GlennArt Farm for an hour hanging out with their playful and adorable goats before doubling down on those warm fuzzy feelings with a flight of craft beers on the rooftop of One Lake Brewing. This could just be the GOAT when it comes to relaxing experiences so get your tickets now.

In addition to the Brews n ‘Baahhs’: Goat Visit + Craft Beer Tasting Experience there is also a Bahmaste: BYOB Goat Yoga session taking place on September 5!

30. Check Out José Andrés’ New Tapas Restaurant

Opened on Thursday, July 14th at 500 North Clark Street in River North, Jaleo restaurant is managed by world-renowned Spanish-American chef, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, José Andrés and his company, ThinkFoodGroup.

The restaurant channels the charm of Spain and offers mouth-watering dishes from various Spanish regions all within a festive, casual atmosphere. As well as a full tapas bar diners will find table-side paellas in four varieties, sangria pitchers, Spanish wines, and exclusive Chicago-only options such as the Arroz rabo de toro – a dish made with Meloso-style rice and braised oxtail.

Read the full article here.

31. Turn Up Your Weekend With A Bottomless Brunch

Nothing quite hits the spot like a brunch, even more so when bottomless drinks are involved.  Whether you’re in need of an instant mood boost, searching for a group weekend activity, fighting off the Sunday scaries, or looking to cure a hangover from the night before, brunch is the solution to all problems.

You can bet your bottom dollar the Bottomless Bubbles Brunch & Live DJ at Hubbard Inn will kickstart your day and please all those participating. Get your friends together and unwind after a long week of work with Tulum-inspired vibes, a live DJ, and bottomless mimosas, champagne or rosé, all within the gorgeous patio area of Hubbard Inn.

If Live DJs aren’t your weekend vibe, you can read our extensive list of the Top 20 Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots In Chicago for more ideas.

Weekends are for fun and relaxation, right? Well then, let’s start your weekend right… with this awesome bottomless mimosas and brunch combo deal! This ticket gets you a 2-hour reservation at Old Grounds Social where you’ll sip on unlimited mimosas and chow down on a yummy brunch entree of your choice. Simply pick your date, make a reservation, and you’re set!

32. Get Dinner And A (Waterfront) View

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We may be miles away from the ocean but that doesn’t mean we can still enjoy some top-notch waterfront views. From bohemian hideouts by the river to beachy hangouts by the lake, these 10 stunning waterfront spots are all currently open for outdoor dining and waiting to be enjoyed!

33. Relax And Reset With A Day Of  River Tubing

If the water in the city isn’t enough there are some wonderful aquatic escapes near Chicago. With all the events taking place as our thriving metropolis opens up in summer at some point you’re going to need a bit of downtime. If you’re looking for a little breather and an escape from our urban jungle but you don’t want to leave for a long time, Sourced Adventures has the answer.

River Tubing & Brewery Day Trips on the Tippecanoe River offer the perfect daybreak and calm away from the city clamor. After getting picked up from central Chicago you’ll be whisked away to a stunning section of the 182-mile-long Tippecanoe River. There you’ll pick up your included tube rental, pack cooler floats with your chosen beverages, and blissfully bob your worries away.

34. Explore Illinois’ Natural Wonders For Earth Month

If you’re prepared to head outside of the city and into the wilderness, there are loads more places to escape. We’ve chosen the 7 most amazing natural spectacles in Illinois. Although our state may not boast wonders with the universal magnitude of the Grand Canyon or Yosemite National Park, Illinois is teeming with diverse ecological landscapes and natural spectacles that will take your breath away. Here are 7 natural wonders of Illinois that you can visit while international travel is still off the cards.

  • Garden Of The Gods: Saline County
  • Cave-In-Rock: Hardin County
  • Wildcat Canyon In Starved Rock State Park: La Salle County
  • Cache River State Natural Area: Johnson County
  • The Pomona Natural Bridge: Jackson County
  • Cascade Falls In Matthiessen State Park: La Salle County
  • Bork Falls In Ferne Clyffe State Park: Johnson County

35. Discover The Windy City’s Small Pockets Of Eden

Chicago is certainly no far friend from nature, however, and there are many places you can get back in touch with Mother Nature right here in the city. The Lakefront, lush parks, and incredible hiking trails offer great natural experiences but Chicago also has numerous secret gardens hidden across the city. Read our full article on 10 of the best spots around the city to stop and smell the roses here.

36. Try A Mystery Picnic In Chicago

To spice up any park or garden experience in the city you can book an exciting mystery picnic experience. This self-guided food adventure is the perfect way to explore Chicago’s best neighborhoods and avoid the crowds! Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving personally curated clues and riddles sent to your smartphone that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit.

Each clue you solve will lead you closer to your next picnic food pickup and even closer to your final stunning secret picnic spot. You can expect a 3-4 hour all-inclusive stress-free date with this fantastic picnic experience. Grab tickets and select the date here and everything will be planned for you.

Art on the MART returned in April and fired up all 34 digital projectors for a Spring 2021 Program in collaboration with Adler Planetarium. On July 4 that program switched to its summer schedule which will bring brand-new projections to the 25-story-tall face of the Merchandise Mart. The 30-minute shows will run nightly all through summer.

You can read the full article here.

38. Kayak Down Chicago River

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A truly unique evening can be had combining kayaking with the Art on theMART projections. The Riverwalk and Lakefront locations opened for their spring and summer seasons at the beginning of May and Monroe Harbour kayaking and paddleboarding experiences are now officially open too. Whether you’re down by Chicago Riverwalk flanked either side by the city’s famous highrise architecture or taking in the skyline from the protected waters of Monroe Harbour, kayaking in Chicago is a truly unforgettable activity.

39. Attend An AirOtic Soireé Cabaret Dinner Show

Buckle up and prepare for a “Joy” ride at Chicago’s very own Joy District in River North! Join the cast of world-class acrobats every weekend for a sexy and sensual burlesque circus-style cabaret and dinner show! “AirOtic Soirée” has taken over South Florida, and now is on its way to the Windy City!

Prepare for a night of immersive entertainment, sharing a story of love, passion, sexuality and eroticism! Extravagant costumes, seductive choreography, Adonis physiques, unbelievable stunts, and circus artistry are sure to leave you on the edge of your seat begging for more! But wait there is more…after the performance enjoy decadent cocktails and meet the performers from the show! Don’t miss out on what is guaranteed to be a night to remember by grabbing tickets here.

40. Marvel At Magic & Music At Chicago’s Newest Speakeasy

There’s more than one cabaret experience in Chicago this summer. A lot less sensual than the AirOtic show, if you head down to West Loop’s Grand Cabaret After Dark this month you’ll find a vintage evening of cabaret, jazz, and magic in Chicago’s newest speakeasy. Featuring live jazz music of classics and contemporary songs by the E-Line Organ Trio, and some mysterious magic by Mr. Jim Bergstrom! A delectable dinner and BYOB drinks rules ensure an all-round night of mystery and marvel.

41. Spend A Sunday Seeing What’s Happening At ‘Sundays on State’

Chicago Loop Alliance this year announced plans for a weekly summer street festival that will see State Street from Lake to Madison closed off on Sundays throughout summer. Called ‘Sundays on State’, the event hopes to revive the Loop’s economy and will feature a wide range of attractions.

Sundays on State invites people to “come together with neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond for this free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, retail, bars, restaurants, and local attractions.” It will take place on Aug. 8, 22, and 29, and Sept. 5 and 12 with closures from 7 am – 11 pm and the event itself running from 11 am – 8 pm.

You can read the full article here.

42. Drink Prosecco With 360 Views

With the sun shining, there is no better time to head up to 360 Chicago and take in the unparalleled views of our sensational skyline. You can now savor a half bottle of bubbly as you take in the spectacular views of the city the John Hancock Observatory 1,000 feet (304 meters) above the Magnificent Mile. Upgrade to the TILT option to access the brand new attraction of outward tilting glass 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. Time it right and you might even be able to catch a firework show in May!

Admission for 2 with a bottle of prosecco starts at $70.

43. Check Out The Willis Tower’s Revamped Skydeck

If vertigo-inducing experiences are your thing, high up Sears Tower, more formally known as the Willis Tower, a glass ledge breaches the building’s dimensions and stands 4ft outside of the walls of the 103rd floor. Looking down you’ll see a 1,353 ft drop staring back up at you as you sit in a tiny glass box protruding outside of what was once the world’s tallest building.

After undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation the iconic experience has now reopened boasting even more reason to head up to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. The 45,000-square-foot space is now, according to the Skydeck general manager Randy Stancik, “part Chicago museum, part selfie museum, part architectural river tour, and part children’s museum.” Acting as the entrance to the Skydeck, an interactive museum featuring lighting, sounds, and visuals now offers a journey through Chicago’s history on the level below the observation deck.

44. Try An Indoor Skydiving Experience

For real thrill-seekers, you might be interested in taking it a step further and testing your skydiving skills in one of Chicago’s state-of-the-art indoor skydiving centers. With an iFly Indoor Skydiving Center in Lincoln Park and another iFly Indoor Skydiving Center in Rosemont, there are two conveniently located cutting-edge centers to choose from. Kids and adults can both experience the same sensation you’d get 12,000 feet up in the sky and if you feel you have what it takes, you can test your vertigo above Chicago’s iconic skyline at Skydive Chicago, one of the world’s largest skydiving resorts

45. Enjoy The Adult Playground At Kanya Lounge

Back down at a non-nauseating height another fantastic activity for thrill-seekers in Chicago can be found down at Kanya Lounge’s exclusive 2-story adult playground. Five Axe Throwing Lanes allow you to test your inner lumberjack and blow off some steam while a Rage Room Experience offers 3 unique custom-made rage rooms providing the ultimate stress reliever after the torrid months we’ve had. Either way, signature cocktails and bucket of beers can be enjoyed in the bar and lounge area while you’re at it.

46. Hit Up The Largest Outdoor Adventure Park In America

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For even more taste of the action, this summer take a short drive down to Lemont, where The Forge: Lemont Quarries offer an all-around day of fun. From mountain biking and climbing walls to yoga to a tactical laser tag course, the 300-acre park is packed with everything you can think of with something for everyone!

47. Check Out Logan Square’s Gaming Paradise

If it’s E-Sports rather than extreme sports that are more your type of activity you’ll find no place better than Midlane E-Sports in Logan Square. Chicago’s newest Esports venue provides both the group gratification of days gone by and the luxuries of modern technology. With high-end gaming computers, the latest consoles, tournaments, viewing parties, social gatherings, and a service bar it is the perfect gaming hideout for gamers of all genres. Drinks and Game Night at Midlane! tickets offer exclusive gaming sessions with specialty-themed cocktails for just $22.

48. Savor Live Music & Drinks In The Sanctuary

On the topic of new venues, The Sanctuary is a brand-new arts and entertainment venue located on the artsy edge of the West Loop. The quaint, romantic 1885 Landmark features vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, vintage chandeliers, and a built-in stage. Complemented by a private Niche Bar and Lounge The Sanctuary offers an idyllic place to unwind after work with live music and drinks deals. Tickets with drinks for 2 start at $75.

49. Enjoy Intimate Live Jazz At Le Piano

Of all the live music taking place in Chicago, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to jazz. There are so many wonderful places to see live jazz in its rawest form here in Chicago. Le Piano, however, offers one of the most intimate and romantic experiences.

In the middle of Le Piano sits a magnificent grand piano where some of Chicago’s most talented pianists and jazz performers come to play. Here you will find a mind-blowing musical experience merging dinner, drinks, and intimate performances. Exclusive packages offer deals such as Immersive Live Jazz & Dinner for Two or Immersive Live Jazz & Cocktails. Dine and drink as live music softly resonate around you in this cozy, romantic, and magical venue.

50. Get Back To The Big Screen

While many of us have missed live music, adventure activities, and everything in between this past year, I think we can all admit it feels amazing to be able to watch new flicks at the movie theaters once again. We’ve been so resigned to binge-watching at home that cinematic experiences on enormous screens are now even more exhilarating than ever before. Whether it’s a rainy afternoon, a special date night, or a family outing, the movies are always a good time, and boy have we missed them. You can buy tickets to all the best comedies, action flicks, and everything in between showing at AMC movie theaters here.

51. Visit Shedd Aquarium For Free

Chicago’s beloved Shedd Aquarium has announced that Illinois residents can enter the aquarium for free every Thursday in August, starting from August 8th. All guests need to do is book a reservation and bring proof that they are an Illinois resident.

According to the official release on the Shedd Aquarium website, tickets need to be secured ahead of a visit online or by phone and free entry will now be permitted to guests who walk up without a reservation. When at the aquarium “all adults must provide proof of residency in-person when redeeming tickets at the discounted rate.” This can be a valid state ID or driver’s license with proof of Illinois residence.

You can read the full article here.

52. Check Out Wrigleyville’s New Tulum-Themed Patio

A new Mexican restaurant has opened a stone’s throw from Wrigley Field offering Cubs fans an idyllic beach-like escape. With tropical décor and a menu of tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas, Diver at the Park brings the charm of Mexico’s historic port city, Tulum, to one of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods.

Found within Wheelhouse Hotel on N Clark Street, Diver at the Park has decked out a 100-person indoor space with plant life and macramé decorations. Stepping into a huge 200-person dog-friendly patio, however, you’ll be welcomed with tranquil beachy vibes.  Rustic limestone walls, bamboo furniture, woven hanging chairs, and more leafy décor create the Tulum vibes while murals from JC Rivera give the bar a unique identity.

You can read the full article here.

53. Kick Back On Chicago’s Biggest Patio

Photo: @chicagoinrecess

Talking of impressive patios, Recess’s gigantic patio in West Loop features over 14,500 square feet of bars, food stands, and cabanas housed in shipping containers.

Already holding the title of Chicago’s largest patio, a revamp has now boosted the multi-level outdoor space offering even more space on which to kick back and relax. Extra seating has been installed in many of the shipping containers and cutting “windows” into the sides means the vibrant patio now has excellent covered seating with amazing views. There are few better places to grab a drink this summer!

54. Eat Some Back Alley Pizza

While a Recess you’ll find an enormous patio, at Pizza Friendly Pizza you’ll find a cute little walk-up window where you can buy Sicilian-style slices. The awesome little pizza shop and its walk-up window is hidden in a back alley in Ukrainian Village. Like, literally, it’s right in the back alley behind The Empty Bottle’s venue!

55. Book A Sleepy Hollow Halloween Experience

Halloween might feel like a whole world away but some of the best experiences book up instantly so why not nail down an unforgettable Halloween plan for this year?

Starting in September, tickets are now on sale for Sleepy Hollow Bar: An Immersive Cocktail Experience so you can secure a spot at this extraordinary experience!

Enjoy a selection of gothic cocktails served by doting peasants, bartenders, and hosts who want to provide you with a truly magical experience based on the world of the Headless Horseman.

56. Get Tickets To Chicago’s New Music Festival

We’ve just had Chicago’s beloved Lollapalooza weekend pass us by and now Chicago is gearing up for an inaugural ARC Music Festival. Taking over Union Park this Labor Day weekend, the brand new festival that will pay homage to Chicago’s house music roots and honor our city’s motley musical heritage. 

Grab your tickets here!

57. Plan International Trips

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With Chicago fully reopen the last step towards normalcy is international travel. Borders have started to reopen offering the chance to travel to amazing destinations all over the world this summer! Start looking into where to go and look forward to seeing the world once again!

58. Check-Off Some Chicago Bucket List Experiences

With Chicago returning back to normal and the events of the last year teaching us to never take life for granted, it’s not a month to hold back. While we wait for international travel to return to the smooth process it once was, we should check off those bucket-list experiences close to home. As well as embracing the city’s most adored spots once again this summer is a summer to fill with memorable once-in-a-lifetime type experiences. We don’t just mean bungee jumping, swimming with dolphins, and the usual bucket list experiences, but all manner of memorable activities in Chicago for both locals and tourists alike. Many of them have been mentioned above, but you can check our condensed and refinedChicago bucket list here.

See more: 15 Fantastic Free Things To Do In Chicago

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