101 summer ideas in Chicago for your family


Explore Chicago's great outdoors

    Set up a tent in the backyard and have a close-to-home camping trip.


  1. Catch fireflies, watch them glow and set them free.

  2. Dig for worms.

  3. Grab a blanket and chairs and enjoy an evening movie at the park.ChicagoParkDistrict.com.

  4. Take a walk on Wooded Island (Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary) in Jackson Park. The Osaka Garden is a Zen-inspired picnic destination. The island is just a short walk from the Museum of Science and Industry.

  5. Attend a drop-in program at Cantigny Park. Each day is filled with new adventures and discoveries. 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.

  6. Walk barefoot through the grass.

  7. Play a few rounds of frisbee golf.

  8. Plant a flower bed or vegetable garden.

  9. Take a family board game outside to the deck.

  10. Watch a sunset.

  11. Take a drive with all the windows down and take in the summer brezze.

  12. Get a telescope and look for stars and planets.

  13. Go to a local pond or riverwalk and feed the ducks.

  14. Take an afternoon nap in the backyard and instead of counting sheep, watch the clouds.



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