Summer in Chicago is best when you just add water

Summer in Chicago is best when you just add water
Crown Fountain

ChicagoNow bloggers are banding together today to give our readers the best of Chicago in the Summer. We will be sharing our favorite places, events, and summer activities all around Chicagoland. Get ready to experience the most comprehensive list of summer hot spots brought to you by true Chicagoans. 

There are enough things that I love about Chicago in the summer that this prompt could have spawned another of my titular 40 items lists, but there are two places that stand out when I think about summer in Chicago: Lake Michigan and Crown Fountain.

Enjoying Lake Michigan

Waterfront Cafe

Waterfront Cafe, Chicago

Proximity to Lake Michigan adds an extra chill to Chicago in winter, but in the summer the blue water and beaches are like an instant vacation running along the eastern edge of the city. I love to enjoy the beach (with copious amounts of sunscreen) or have food and drinks while taking in the view from the Waterfront Cafe. Just seeing people playing volleyball on the shore as I go down Lake Shore Drive makes me smile.

Splashing in Crown Fountain

Crown Fountain

Crown Fountain, Chicago

I love Crown Fountain because it is a combination of public art, a splash pad and technology. The two towering glass brick walls morph between images of various faces until they purse their lips and spill water onto the crowds splashing below. I particularly love that my kids haven't figured out when the faces are going to spit making it always a surprise. And yes, while we're there we always stop to see our reflections in The Bean.

Read what other ChicagoNow bloggers love about summer in Chicago here.

Wherever you plan to spend summer in Chicago please refer to this list of 20 things to do on warm nights besides shoot people.

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