Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best thing to do on a summer weekend in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best thing to do on a summer weekend in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

What is the best thing to do on a summer weekend in Chicago?

“Nothing beats the summer music festivals! Live music, food, and beer all in the great outdoors. Also, I’m still a sucker for the live music/beer garden at Navy Pier, especially on Saturday with fireworks as an added bonus.” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Farmer’s Market, Ravinia, Beach, Backyard BBQ. In that order.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“Visit Galena!” — Carole Lago, Inside the Wrapper

“On Saturday morning walk to the farmer’s market on Division Street between State and Clark. Purchase peaches, tomatoes, corn, zucchini and freshly baked bread. Or head to the Green City Market on the south end of Lincoln Park. Listen to live music and purchase everything that looks good, which will be everything. Then head to an outdoor cafe nearby to have a late breakfast and people watch. Take your produce home and prepare a summer feast. Light some candles, open a bottle of rose and dine al fresco on your deck or patio. Don’t have one? Grab a blanket and picnic in a park. Our time outdoors is limited, so make good use of it.” — Terry Parrilli, Very Terry

“The BEST thing about Chicago is the summer and festivals every weekend. They almost make you forget about the winters because you just fall in love with the city each weekend with live music in the streets, people who have all just gone through winter as well and are just as happy as you are to be outside again…when you pass ‘strangers’ it almost feels like you’ve been through something together and there’s that nod or automatic hello and smile. Each festival is a chance to explore a new neighborhood and try local food trucks…it’s the best.” — Lucy Rendler-Kaplan, Small Girl, Big City

“Start your day walking around Lincoln Park Zoo and the park followed by a walk to Lake Michigan and then lunch at a restaurant with an outdoor patio.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Start your day off with a walk/jog or bike by the lake or, better yet, along the secret river trails (shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!). Then get the hell away from the lakefront because everyone else is coming! Go to street festivals in random neighborhoods (bike there if you can). And when you run out of money because the beer and cevapcici are too expensive, buy some burger patties, beer, chips, salsa and avocados and invite your friends and family over to your backyard.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

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