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6 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

Posted on July 26, 2018

With the Fourth of July now a distant memory and the first day of school just weeks away, summer may feel like it is nearly over, but we have good news: there's still SO much to do! We created a list of some of our favorite summer things to see and do to get the most out of the remaining weeks. From eating an outdoor breakfast to catching a movie at the park, will help you squeeze every last bit out of summer.

Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo

Spend a day among the animals 

Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Willis Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.

* Did you know...you can camp out at the zoo? Learn more here.

Gain a new perspective of Chicago’s famous architecture

Chicago’s skyline is continually changing, making no two cruises quite the same. Gain a new and unique perspective of Chicago’s famous architecture while bringing in the new week with some morning yoga. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises is hosting a Sunrise Stretch Yoga Cruise Series select Sundays throughout summer. Purchase your tickets here.

* Did you know... Chicago’s First Lady Cruises is a 4th generation family-owned business? Learn more about its history here.

Photo Credit: Lurie Garden

Experience an oasis in the middle downtown

Hidden in the middle of downtown is a little nature oasis for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living. Located in Millennium Park, Lurie Garden is designed to combine naturalistic plantings and ecologically sensitive maintenance practices to create an urban oasis for city dwellers and wildlife alike. 

* Did you know...  the garden provides lectures and workshops throughout the summer? Learn more here.

Photo Credit: Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

Explore Chicago’s Chinese culture

Chicago’s Chinatown, located just 20 minutes from downtown, is one of the most dense and culturally significant neighborhoods in the city. With it’s Chinese style buildings and exotic food and shopping, this neighborhood is a must see for locals and tourists alike. 

* Did you know...Chicago’s Chinatown is 105 years old?

Photo Credit: City of Chicago

See a movie under the stars

If you haven’t yet experienced Millennium Park Film Series, now is the time before the season ends. There are still plenty of great movies to come from Wall-E to School of Rock and Coco, check out their schedule to see the full listing. 

* Did you know...movies in the park are always free?

Photo Credit: Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Dine al fresco

During the summer Chicagoans take advantage of the summer weather by dining al fresco as often as possible. And one of the best meals to dine outside is breakfast! Nothing is better than sipping on some fresh brewed coffee, eating some delicious warm and gooey pancakes and listening to the birds chirp as the city slowly wakes up. If this sounds like a bit of heaven to you, then head to Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe within walking distance from our dock. This spot serves up some of the best pancakes in the city.

* Did you know you view live wait times and join the waitlist on Yelp? Next time skip the line and be seated right when you walk up.