101 summer ideas in Chicago for your family


Chicago's hot - find some water to cool off

  1. Head to North Avenue Beach downtown or Centennial Beach in the western suburbs and build a sandcastle.
  2. Have a splash in Highland Park's newly rennovated Rosewood Beach. You can also visit one of the three protected coves, rent a paddleboard or even climb up the shaded beach playground.
  3. Backyard beach day. Bring out a cooler, beach toys, a plastic pool and make your own version of Lake Michigan.
  4. Round up a bucket and doggie shampoo and have a doggie wash day.
  5. Visit the Bean at Millennium Park and splash in Crown Fountain.
  6. Make a wet and wild obstacle course with sprinklers and a slip 'n' slide.
  7. Play liquid limbo! Grab the hose and use the water as a stick.
  8. Open a family car wash. Help wash cars or even bikes and scooters.
  9. Inflate your wading pool, fill up some water balloons and throw a pool party.
  10. Don't have a sprinkler? That's OK! Make your own by cutting holes into a soda bottle and placing the hose through the top.
  11. Play a round of Marco Polo in the pool.

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