5 Reasons to Visit Chicago This Summer [Part I]

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August 14, 2017

If your family is like most, summer is meant for trips with your loved ones. Packing up your kids and a suitcase and traveling to your favorite destination – or a brand new location you’ve never explored – is a summer mainstay.

This summer, consider making Chicago your vacation destination. With plenty to offer our visitors, our city certainly won’t disappoint. Here are 5 reasons to visit Chicago this year.

1. The Lakefront

With miles of Great Lake beachfronts (that feel like oceanfront!), you and your family will be able to enjoy endless summertime fun in the Windy City. Try renting jet skis, paddleboards, bike, and more at North Avenue Beach.

Don’t forget to explore Lake Shore Drive for beautiful views and plenty to do along the way. From the Lincoln Park Zoo to Navy Pier (complete with a children’s museum) to the sensational Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain, there is no shortage of lakefront excitement for the whole family.

2. Food

When it comes to incredible food choices, Chicagoans don’t mess around. Here are just a few of our favorites from around the city:

  • Chicago style pizza: Check an item off your bucket list by trying some delicious Chicago deep dish pizza. Take a walking pizza tour and visit the local Chicago pizza hotspots. There are plenty to choose from and everyone in your family will get to taste their favorites.Bonus: When you purchase a Chicago Trolley ticket, you’ll receive a coupon for Gino’s East. 
  • Chicago style hot dog: Your second must-try Chicago style food is our hot dog. Unique to Chicago with a mix of toppings sure to delight (including yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt), you won’t be sorry you stopped at a local stand.
  • Chicago style popcorn: For the popcorn treat that mixes sweet and cheesy, you’ll love the traditional Chicago mix from Garrett Popcorn.Bonus: When you purchase a Chicago Trolley ticket, you’ll receive a free treat size bag of Chicago mix popcorn for Garrett Popcorn. 
  • Italian ice: When it’s time to cool off after a long day of exploring our fair city, look no further than an Italian ice treat.Bonus: When you purchase a Chicago Trolley ticket, you’ll receive a BOGO coupon for Frutalia

For the remaining 3 reasons to visit Chicago this summer, tune in next time!

With so many choices for your summer visit to Chicago, there’s only one question: how are you going to fit everything in?!