Summer Activities in Chicago, IL
Fore! There's something for everyone at this lakefront golf hot spot. Located at the corner of Diversey Parkway and Lake Shore Drive, the Diversey Driving Range has two decks ensuring plenty of space for the golf lovers of the group. For the kiddos (and the kids at heart), there is the ever-popular 18-hole miniature golf course, complete with cascading waterfalls and dubious traps to put all skill levels to the test. Open from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., the cost for a round of miniature golf ranges from $5.50-6.75; for a bucket of balls for the driving range ranges from $7-11.50. As a bonus there is a snack shop with the usual suspects and also adjacent tennis courts for the tennis-inclined.
A true gem of Chicago, the Garfield Park Conservatory is an absolute breathtaking experience to behold. Located conveniently off the Green "El" line (Chicago's elevated train service), the Garfield Park Conservatory is a bit off the radar and has been said to be one of Chicago's "best kept secrets". Filled to the brim with a dazzling array of natural landscapes, it holds the record as the world's largest publicly owned conservatory contained under one roof. The conservatory is a pillar in the community, open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Garfield Park Consveratory offers a rotating selection of classes, workshops and events and, best of all, admission to the conservatory is free!
You simply cannot miss this summer staple in Chicago: the annual Air & Water Show! Scheduled typically late in August, the Air & Water Show is the largest free show of it's kind in the United States. It can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue being the main viewing point. The event is ideal for families and also for cozying up on the lake with your honey. There are a variety of aircrafts on display at this yearly event including both civilian and military aircraft. As a tip, be sure to get to the lakefront early - this event is one of the most popular of the summer in Chicago and prime viewing areas do fill up quickly.
When people think of Chicago they don't typically think of sprawling beachfronts but that's exactly what you'll find in the Windy City. Arguably the best of the beaches, for people watching, would have to be the centrally located Oak Street Beach. Steps from the top knotch shopping and restaurant magnet and world-famous Magnificent Mile, Oak Street Beach is home to snack shops, lakefront running paths and dozens of volleyball nets available on a first come, first serve basis. It's the ideal place to either curl up on a towel with a book or join in the fun in a pick up game of frisbee or volleyball.
Chicago is proud to be named the home of deep-dish pizza, giving rise to dozens of family owned pizzarias that churn out thousands of Chicagoans favorite type of pizza. Can't decide where to start? That's where the Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours comes in. As Chicago's original deep-dish pizza walking tour, you'll sample three of the best Chicago style pizzas (hot and ready! No lines!), learn all about the history behind Chicago's favorite pizza and last, but not least, enjoy the sites and sounds of Chicago as you walk around the city enjoying each bite of 'za. Tickets are $45 per person and must be bought in advance. The tour lasts approximately two hours. As a tip, we recommend you bring a bottle of water with you to start the tour.