Enjoy a River Cruise, World-Class Theater and Fine Dining in Chicago
OK, we're cheating and listing a few: Join the fun at The Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum, or discover a gem like the DuSable Museum of African American History.
A Boat Ride
A Ball Game
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It's a Date!
Warm weather in Chicago means time on the water and oh-so-many outdoor concerts. The Millennium Park Music Series puts on 10 shows of various genres. For a classy time, Grant Park Music Festival entertains with the Grant Park Orchestra. The best news: They are free!
Where to Eat
If it's not broke, don't fix it—but a little upgrade never hurts. At Lardon in Logan Square, the Reuben is enriched with Gouda, house sauerkraut and "fancy sauce" (garlic aioli with ketchup and cornichons).
Chinatown can overwhelm (and excite!) with its restaurant options, but trust us when we say to order Pork Soup Dumplings at Hing Kee Restaurant. Laid-back vibes rule at Parson's Chicken and Fish in Logan Square. Enjoy a huge plate of crispy chicken and waffles while slurping down a Negroni Slushy on the patio picnic tables.
Worth the Splurge
At Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef and owner Diana Dávila creates elevated dishes inspired by her Mexican ancestors, including the popular Peanut Butter Lengua.
The Aviary in the West Loop serves artistic cocktails that almost double as fun science experiments. Let your server help guide you through a three-course cocktail progression before it's time to take an Uber home.
Free and Fab
Start the day with a brioche French toast flight at Lincoln Park's Batter and Berries. Most kids love a dog (a hot dog, that is). A quick stop at Fatso's Last Stand will set you up with the famous Chicago Char dog. Dinner is meant for deep dish. Options abound, but Giordano's and Lou Malnati's are a couple of the classics.
Always free and always fun, Lincoln Park Zoo is a wildlife oasis sandwiched between Lake Michigan and skyscrapers. Don't miss the red pandas and polar bears.
If you didn't 'gram Grant Park's Buckingham Fountain, were you really here?