After a cold and bitter winter in the city, Chicagoans welcome summer with open arms. Sunny skies and warm air envelop the city and its inhabitants alongside a bright blue lakefront. Chicago comes alive during this time of the year, and there are always a plethora of events to prevent any hint of boredom. Ranging from farmers markets to festivals and other unique events, here are a couple activities to keep you entertained during your free time this summer.
- Farmers markets:
There are a wide range of farmers markets in Chicago all over the city. Right here on our Lake Shore campus we have Loyola’s farmers market taking place every Monday from 3 pm to 7 pm until mid-September. Abound with nutritious locally grown and produced foods, Loyola’s farmers market strives to make it accessible for everyone with affordable prices.
If you’re looking for something a little (a lot, actually) bigger, check out the Daley Plaza farmers market. In the heart of the city, stalls outline the plaza surrounding the fountain in the middle. It is the longest running farmers market in Chicago and farms from all over the Midwest come to share fresh produce, baked goods, honey, and other treats. Open from 7am to 3pm every Thursday, it’s a must visit!
Check out all of these Farmers Markets in Chicago.
- Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is an iconic festival, which Grant Park has been hosting since the 1980s. Deemed as “Chicago’s gigantic civic picnic” by the Chicago Tribune, Grant Park holds 60 vendors, a variety of food trucks, and several pop up restaurants. Invigorating all of your senses, this festival will not disappoint. It is open from July 8th to the 12th, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit tasteofchicago.us for a complete list of vendors and more information!
- Square Roots Festival
The Square Roots Festival is a unique festival with a ton of personality, featuring music and dance performances with a variety of genres from around the world. For those 21 and over, the craft beer selection is extensive, and the food quality is notably impressive. If you’re looking for a something a little different than your typical summer festival, be sure to head to Lincoln Square (Lincoln Avenue, in between Montrose and Wilson) from July 10th to the 12th. You can visit www.squareroots.org for more info.
For a list of all 2015 festivals taking place in and around the city visit http://chicago.metromix.com/stories/3713-chicago-2015-festival-guide
There you have it! These are just a few of many events occurring this summer in Chicago. In addition to these events, every week there are FREE events taking place in Millennium Park like Downtown Sound, where a different band plays every Monday and Thursday, and Millennium Park Summer Film Series, which plays a different classic movie every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Take advantage of your summer in the city and be sure to attend one, if not all, of these exciting events and activities!
For a complete guide of events taking place in Chicago this July be sure to check out http://www.timeout.com/chicago/events-calendar/july-events-calendar
Written by Emily Butterfield, Conference Services Marketing Intern