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Summer Unending: Festivals, Events, and Shows in and Around Chicago

While we know not all of the businesses we partner with reside here in the Chicagoland area, some do. And if there’s one thing we’re an authority on (other than web design, social media, reputation and directory management, and local Google search performance), it’s exploration of the area’s most popular local attractions throughout the sunnier months.

Like its birthstone, the ruby, July symbolizes contentment, but you could just easily say passion to seize to the day (we do!). Same goes for August, though it’s just not the same when there’s three different gemstones for the same month (peridot, sardonyx, spinel).

So don’t delay—apply the SPF and get out there and enjoy yourself. Before you do, here’s a roundup of some of best things to do in Chicago this summer—with or without the kids.


1.) Lollapalooza

Not for the faint of heart, this four day festival has gained in intensity (not to mention crowd size!) every year since its beginning in 1991. Staged in Chicago’s famed Grant Park, the event begins August 1. Among the most notable headliners, look for The Strokes, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande. The scenic lakefront setting, along with the event’s entertainment, make Lollapalooza an absolute summer must of 2019.


2.) The Wizard of Oz by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Navy Pier’s Courtyard Theater is putting on the 1939 MGM classic in a dazzling musical stage adaptation. Even the least theatrical of children are sure to be filled with a sense of wonder and joy upon hearing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” one of the most timeless songs in all the western hemisphere, if you ask us! You can get tickets now and on through Sunday, July 21.


3.) Raging Waves Water Park

As Illinois’ largest outdoor waterpark, Raging Waves Water Park spans a whole 58 acres in the relatively small town of Yorkville, which is about 45 minutes west of Chicago’s loop. All sources indicate it’s worth the trek for city folk. The park is Aussie-themed and family-friendly, featuring 26 different water slides! Raging Waves was actually named a top summer destination by USA Today back in 2008. According popular opinion round these parts, the same is true now in 2019!


4.) wndr museum

True to it’s name, wndr museum features remarkably thoughtful and visually stunning installations by Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel, among others. Fair to say wndr museum inspires and entertains in equal parts. Home to Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, it’s well worth the journey to Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area to supplement the outing!


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