Summertime means it’s time to get outside and experience all that Chicago offers. With King-Bruwaert House only being 20 miles from the Windy City, there are plenty of free concerts, festivals, outdoor movie screenings, fun attractions, and more to enjoy! The convenient location of our Life Plan Community in Burr Ridge gives residents exclusive access to day adventures or weekend getaways. Check out this list of summer activities in Chicago and start making some plans!

Willis Tower

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is one of the most iconic buildings in Chicago. Remember the scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Standing at 1,450 feet tall, the skyscraper was once the tallest building in the world. Take a trip to the top of Willis Tower for stunning views of the cityscape. If you’re feeling extra brave, you can step out onto the glass-enclosed Skydeck for a bird’s-eye view of the city streets below!

Fireworks at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago. The historic pier is home to rides, restaurants, and shops, making it the perfect place to spend a summer day. It’s no secret that one of the best summertime activities at Navy Pier is watching the fireworks, which is free and open to the public. You can also ride the Centennial Wheel or go cruising on the lakefront!

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is one of Chicago’s most beloved parks — and for good reasons! The park is home to world-class art, stunning architecture, and free summer concerts and a film series. Throughout the summer months, catch concerts that cover a range of musical genres, from jazz to classical, and film favorites for all. The concerts and films are free and open to the public, so be sure to check the schedule.

Tour the City

Joining tours is a great experience if you want to learn more about the city’s history and culture. Many companies offer walking, biking, and Segway tours around the city, including up-close interaction with Wrigley Field, one of the most iconic baseball stadiums in America!

Beach Time

Chicago may be inland, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summer day at the beach! The city has several beaches along Lake Michigan, so you can soak up the sun and enjoy the skyline views. North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the city and is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.