Chicago Summer Fun Headquarters

From the best playgrounds to the best beaches to the most stroller-friendly strolls, we've got everything you need to know to make the most of Chicago's summer season.

101 summer ideas in Chicago for your family

Looking for some fun summer activities? Well, here are 101 ideas we think will help you enjoy the season.


10 short summer vacation ideas for Chicago families

Looking for a quick getaway from Chicago? Here are ten short summer vacations we recommend for your family to enjoy.


Gas tank getaways

Looking for a quick summer getaway? Stay close yet have a break just a few hours away from home. Here are a few of our suggestions for close yet fun and family-friendly destinations.


15 Can't-Miss Summertime Festivals

Ah, summer in Chicago. If it seems like there's a fair or festival every week somewhere in the city and suburbs, that's because there is. But you can't be everywhere, and little feet are good for only so many steps, so we've picked our fifteen not-to-miss summer fests.


The five best sprayparks in Chicago and the suburbs

Want to splash around without carrying the beach gear? Take the kids to one of Chicago's sprayparks for a quick cool down. Here are our picks for the five best water playgrounds in and around the city.


Chicago's best beaches

Always remember to check the park district Web site before you head out to the beaches, which close periodically during the summer. There's nothing worse than getting out to the lakeshore on a hot day with a carload of kids, only to find out the water's off limits. For more information on all the Chicago beaches, visit


Chicago's best playgrounds

Sure, the playground you love and visit most will be the one closest to home, but isn't it nice to know wherever you travel with kids in the city, you'll be near a spiffy public playground to sweeten the outing? There are more than 500 playgrounds in Chicago. What's your favorite?


9 Best indoor play places in Chicago

With a record number of 90-plus degree days this summer, and more predicted, sometimes you just have to head indoors. Here's our pick for nine of the best spots in Chicago and the suburbs.


Campfire cuisine in Chicago: 3 menus to get you going

Shake up the traditional marshmallows and hot dog roastings for some more fun and healthy campfire foods. We have three different menus for you and your family to enjoy as you eat under the stars.


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