4 super fun summertime dates for parents

Rollerblade the lakefront

Roll on over to the 18 ½-mile Chicago Lakefront Trail along Lake Michigan, from the 63rd Street Beach at the south end of the city to the edge of Lincoln Park. Or, if you’re looking for a lulling roll, try the 20-mile-long North Branch Trail, which winds north along the Chicago River escaping the rush of the city.

Need skates? Check out Bike and Roll at Navy Pier or stop by Londo Mondo on Chicago’s Gold Coast to buy your own.

Rock the Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Get on a roll this summer with the 2015 Humana Rock `n Roll Chicago Half Marathon July 18-19. The race starts at Grant Park, then rolls out along Lake Michigan, past Soldier Field, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Grant Park and ends in front of Buckingham Fountain for fantastic finish photo ops!


Find some old-time rock and roll!

Bounce back to the ’70s at the new Brass Monkey where they’re rolling back some of the best-loved, long-forgotten dishes like the TV dinner, French bread pizza, fish Styx, bologna sliders, even Peter Brady’s favorite–pork chops and applesauce. You’ll love the disco décor. If you don’t know how to roll, the retro music quizzes might leave you stumped, although I’ve got to say I rocked mine!

The Brass Monkey, 401 N. Morgan St., Chicago, brassmonkeychicago.com

Rolling, rolling, rolling

Keep that bocce or bowling ball rolling at Pinstripes’ new Chicago location. A suburban family favorite, Pinstripes rolled into the city this spring, taking up over 33,000 square feet in River East. Find five indoor and two outdoor bocce courts, 11 bowling lanes, American Italian food and wine and riverside patios with firepits for chilly evenings.

Pinstripes, 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago, pinstripes.com

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