Summer in Chicago: best beaches, pools and things to do in the sun
Discover the best summer music festivals, sandy beaches, parades, food fetes, summer blockbusters and more things to do this summer in Chicago.
Summer in Chicago is almost here: the season we pine for while suffering through indignities like blinding snowstorms and the worst spring ever. And this summer, we have a lot to be excited about. The best live music in town will be on stage at Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, both of which have stellar lineups this year. And some of the city's most classic restaurants will be represented at Taste of Chicago (new this year: food trucks!). Here, find all the fests, concerts, art shows and more that make Chicago the best city in the world (in the summer, anyway).
Things to do this summer in Chicago
Summer festival photos
Faces in the Lolla crowd.
Slipping, sliding, wrestling and finger-painting, some fest-goers got really into the mud. We stood by, agape, and took photos.
The National Weather Service said a storm was a-brewin', and that everyone needed to get the hell out of Grant Park.
We covered Every. Single. Band. Check out reviews and photos from the entire weekend.
Reviews and photos from all three days of the 2012 North Coast Music Fest.
Bros in trunks fake-punching each other and ladies in bikinis dancing to the untzz untzz at the beachfront fest.
Cheesecake on a stick, anyone?
Restaurant Row eats and an always-impressive band lineup make this a must-see fest.
Scenes from last year's packed-to-the-gills fest.