What are the best summer activities in Chicago?

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Lauren Viera

One of my favorite summer activities is to float down the river at a leisurely pace, courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's architectural boat tour, which runs during the warm months. The 90-minute tour takes you through the heart of the city via the Chicago River, with unparalleled, up-close views of the skyscrapers.

My other favorite summer activity doesn’t require any tickets: pack a picnic (or just pick up a few provisions at any of the downtown delis) and spread a blanket on the lawn at Millennium Park for the series of free concerts taking place all summer. From classical performances by the Grant Park Music Festival to indie rock and jazz via the Downtown Sound and World Class Jazz series, there’s always something fun on the lawn.

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