Chicago summers are phenomenal but fleeting (it’s already July!) and because of that, we know to make the best of them. Below we’ve collected a list of all of our must-dos for a perfect summer in the city.
<<< Happy Place: 1004 N. Elston Ave
We’ve been ogling the Instagram's coming out of this place and are dying to visit. The larger than life installations make for great Instagrammable spaces but also genuinely make you feel happy (for a lack of a better word.) Open until August, we can't wait to check this out!
Brunch at Beatnik on the River: 180 N. Wacker Dr. >>>
Brunch is a summer staple, and we can already tell that Beatnik on the River will be a new favorite. There is nothing like drinking one of their boozy slushies and soaking up the waterside scenery. The worldly menu provides an alternative to the classic eggs and bacon, so we definitely recommend giving it a try.
<<< World Cup Game at Black Bull: 1721 W. Division St.
There's nothing like watching the US’s passion for soccer awaken every 4 years, but even more exciting, getting to enjoy it with everyone in one place. Black Bull has been live broadcasting every game after 1 pm. The atmosphere is great with everyone supporting their teams and getting to celebrate while snacking and drinking.
Burlesque at Bordel: 1721 W. Division St. >>>
If you’re going for a different vibe, try Bordel. This speakeasy has a few different options for entertainment but each one is just as exciting as the next. If it’s your first time, we’d recommend Vaudeville. It is a good mix of their offerings and has something for everyone.
<<< Staycation at Publishing House: 108 N. May St.
If you’re looking for a getaway but you can’t get away, Publishing House is your best bet. The cozy b&b in the west loop is a great go-to for a weekend in the area, whether you’re looking to explore or not! If choosing to relax in, indulge in their masterful plates and enjoy doling out belly rubs to the sweet pugs that wander the home.
Get Out in Millennium Park: 201 E. Randolph >>>
A #SummertimeChi classic. The Millennium Park movies and concerts are always a nice way to spend an evening, especially when you find a spot on the green and have a picnic packed. Our choice for viewing is Get Out on July 24th, everyone in the office loved it and we’re looking forward to picking up anything we missed when watching it the first time around.
<<< Bastille Day Celebration at Margeaux Brasserie: 11 E. Walton St.
We’re obviously going to be celebrating the 4th this week but can always use an excuse to party! Margeaux Brasserie’s Bastille Day Celebration is sure to excite, with its French mime, wine bike, and can-can dancers. We’re looking forward to tasting Chef Michael Mina’s creations on the day, and enjoying the summer night in the courtyard. Get your tickets here!