Summer Scheduling Series: Millennium Park

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At the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

First up in the Wee Windy City Summer Scheduling Series: Millennium Park. I figured that we should start with the obvious (and free) stuff.

Millennium Park is the place to be during the summer in Chicago. You could visit this hot bed of free activities every week this summer and have a totally new experience each time.

At a minimum, you should do the following things:

  • Visit the Family Fun Festival. This is the place for free, fun activities for little ones every day from June 9th through September 3rd. Stop by between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for sing-alongs with the Wiggleworms from the Old Town School of Music, hands-on activities and live concert performances. A different local museum or cultural institution sponsors the activities each week so you can expect to see something new each time you visit. In the past, my kids have had a blast building block towers, learning to hula hoop and playing an impromptu game of musical chairs.
  • Picnic at an outdoor concert. Millennium Park offers the whole family the chance to hear live music in an outdoor setting. Choose one of the many early evening concerts scheduled throughout the summer, pack a picnic dinner, and grab a spot on the lawn. We're thinking about checking out the Great Performers of Illinois on July 9th.
  • Splish
    Splash in the Crown Fountain
    . Everyone's summer should include a
    visit to this iconic Chicago landmark. Be sure to pack the kids' bathing
    suits and some towels because they won't be able to resist getting wet
    (but do be careful because it the surface can get slippery).

And then of course you could play frisbee, have lunch at
the Park Grill, stretch out on a blanket and look up at the skyline,
check out this larger-than-life insect show, cross over the bridge into the free Ryan Education Center at the Art
Institute
or just walk around and hang out.

Up tomorrow: Ravinia.

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