Best Chicago Architecture Tours

Which Chicago Architecture Tours Are Best?

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This post compares and reviews the many options for Chicago architecture tours with review analysis to help you choose which one is best for you, including our pay-what-you-like options.

 

 


CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BOAT TOURS

With so many wonderful buildings located near the water, it’s actually quite easy to experience an entire boat tour focused specifically on architecture.  

Be sure to also read our post comparing all Chicago boat tours.   Read more »

Memorial Day in Chicago

Top Things To Do for Memorial Day in Chicago (2019)

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Visiting Chicago for Memorial Day? This post covers things to do in Chicago on Memorial Day 2019 and the entire weekend, including a top 5 list, nighttime activities, family-friendly things to do, and free things. Read our master post on things to do in Chicago if you’re there all of May.

 

 


TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO MEMORIAL DAY

Chicago offers a lot of things to do around the city for Memorial Day weekend.  Celebrate our veterans with the Memorial Day parade and check experience the rest of our top five list for Memorial Day.

For more ideas on popular things to do in Chicago, check out our posts on bus tours and walking tours of the city.

We also have a full guide on Things to Do in Chicago. Read more »

Things to Do in June in Chicago

What to do in Chicago in June

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This post covers the best things to do in Chicago this June, including a top 10 list as well as a family-friendly, nighttime activities, and free things to do, all updated for 2019.

 

 


THE TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

If you’re looking for the best things to do in June, take a look at our suggestions for the best activities here, which include sports, theatre, and festivals.

Some of the things we’ve listed here are included in one of the available tourist attraction discount passes.

And don’t forget about our comparison of the most popular bus tours in Chicago! 


(1) Go on a Sightseeing Tour

Take advantage of the great weather and head out on a tour! Of course, we offer pay-what-you-like tours multiple times per week

 

 

If you’re looking for a bus tour, we have a great comparison of Chicago’s best. From hop-on-hop-off buses to nonstop our nighttime tours, you’ll find one to suit you here

To go for something more adventurous, try a kayaking tour or an architecture-focused river cruise


(2) Go to a Concert

There are quite a few big-name acts coming through Chicago in June. We’ve listed the highlights below, but you can find all major June concerts here.

 

 

The teens in your group will love acts like Ariana Grande! To see some more family-friendly activities, check the section below.


(3) Go to a Sporting Event

Soccer and baseball are both in full swing, and hockey is in the last few weeks of the Stanley Cup Tournament. June is the perfect time to indulge in your competitive side with local teams.

 

 

Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening! For more things to do at night, check the section down below.


(4) Attend the Theatre

From family-friendly superheroes to more adult subjects, Chicago has several opportunities to add a theatre show to an evening of your visit.

We have more nighttime activities listed below.

PJ Masks Live

PJ Masks Live is a fun, family-friendly stage show based on the cartoon show. With fun music and acrobatics, kids aged 2+  will enjoy watching Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko save the day.

Dates: June 7 – 9, 2019

 

 

Falsettos

Falsettos is a play that takes a look at the AIDS crisis through the eyes of a man bringing his new partner into his and his son’s life. Suggested for ages 13+.

Dates: May 28 – June 29, 2019

See what else is playing in town.


(5) Printer’s Row Lit Festival 

This is the largest outdoor Literature Festival in the Mid-West! There are loads of books, authors, signings, and events.

 

 

Much of it is free though some parts of the festival are ticketed. Plus, there is an entire Children’s Literature area that will be a blast for the kiddos.

It is located at Historic Printer’s Row downtown near Congress and Dearborn. And you can find more family-friendly activities in the section below.

It takes place from June 8 – 9, 2019.


(6) Chicago Blues Music Festival

This is a fun opportunity to really sink into the Chicago Blues scene. Enjoy artists like Buddy Guy, Zora Young, and Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters for free.

 

 

This year the Chicago Blues Festival will have delicious food trucks nearby! It takes place from June 7 – 9 from 11:00 am – 9:30 pm daily.  

For more nighttime events, check out the things to do at night section below.


(7) Eat Up at RibFest

Vegetarians might want to avoid this event since it will be filled with seasoned and barbequed ribs! There will be food, drink, and music at RibFest.

 

 

It was featured on the Food Network in 2014 with Eating America Anthony Anderson. 

The Fest dates are from June 14 – 16, 2019. 


(8) See the Old Town Art Fair

The Old Town Art Fair has been going for over 70 years.  This lovely historic neighborhood is a delightful backdrop to peruse the work of 250 chosen artists. 

 

 

Want an excellent Chicago souvenir? Buy local art! 

The fair is June 8 – 9 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.


(9) Celebrate Pride Fest

The Pride Festival and Parade is a huge party that celebrates the Chicago LGBTQ+ community on the weekend of June 22 – 23, since all of June is Pride Month.

 

 

There will be music, plenty of food and drink, and karaoke and contests in Boystown off of Halsted. The parade will be the following weekend on June 30, 2019. These events are free to attend.

For more free things to do, check out this section below.


(10) See More with a Chicago City Pass

Many of Chicago’s biggest attractions have entry fees. While you do pay for a tourist discount pass, it can give you a bulk discount and free admission into some interesting tours and museums, saving you up to 55%.

They can also save you time with skip-the-ticket-line privileges.

 

 

Each Chicago Tourist Discount Pass includes a variety of fun family-friendly activities and attractions. 

Here are a few examples of what you can visit with a tourist pass, for a discount or for free.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN JUNE

Many of our top ten activities are perfect for the evening hours, but below are some other suggestions to fill in your evenings during the month of June, including night tours, the symphony, and craft brew events. 

 

 

Read our post about the Top Ten Things to Do in Chicago at Night for more ideas. 


Take a Night Tour

Looking to see a different side of Chicago? Take a walk with some spooky history on our evening Ghost Tour.

Expect to laugh more than you scream as you learn about past hauntings and the (sometimes funny) reasons behind local ghost stories.

Also, several bus tours operate night additions of their day tours.


Craft Brews at the Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is known for always having fun, interactive events and concerts for all ages.

Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events are hosting their annual Craft Brews beer festival at Lincoln Park Zoo!

Savor a selection of 120+ specialty beers from local and regional breweries.

This event is on June 14 – 15 from  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm for an adults-only night out.


See the Local Music Scene

As you might guess after grooving at the Chicago Blues Festthere are plenty of local musical experiences at night. 

 


This photo of House of Blues Chicago is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

If you’re looking for even more opportunities to check out the local music scene, take a look at some of the more popular venues: 


Go to a Game Bar

Explore some of Chicago’s best game bars. Whether you want to try an arcade bar with some pinball and Packman or try a classic board game, Chicago has a bar for you.

Check out our favorite game bars across the city


Enjoy the Symphony

The Chicago Symphony has multiple concerts in June this year. From listening to An American in Paris to some more sophisticated composers, there will probably be something for everyone.

 

 

The most exciting for many, including families, might be the showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the symphony playing the score live in-theatre on June 27. 


Batting Cages

Practice your baseball skills right outside of historic Wrigley Field at the batting cages at Sluggers. Beyond the batting cages, you can participate in other games such as skee-ball, and catch some games on the TVs at this beloved sports bar.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Below you will find several great options to keep your children entertained this month, including parks, museums, and theater!

 

 

Check out our post about Family Friendly Activities in Chicago for a more complete guide. 


See a Child-Friendly Show

PJ Masks Live is a fun, family-friendly stage show based on the cartoon show. With fun music and acrobatics, kids aged 2+  will enjoy watching Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko save the day.

Dates: June 7 – 9, 2019


Go to a Baseball Game

We have two baseball teams here, so there are plenty of options for families to go catch a game!

The Cubs play north of downtown at Wrigley Field, and the White Sox play south of the skyscrapers at the Guaranteed Rate Field. Tour both stadiums, or just enjoy the fresh air while cheering on our Chicago teams!

Find Your Tickets Here:


Visit a Park

Chicago is full of green grass and playgrounds for kids to get out their energy. One of the best parks is nestled in-between downtown and Lake Michigan, Maggie Daley Park.

 


This photo of Maggie Daley Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

As one of our newest parks, it is also one of the best, with lots of different playgrounds for kids of all ages, a rock climbing wall, mini-golf, and tennis courts. 


Go to a Museum

Museums are a great option for families. Chicago has a lot of museums that are very interactive and great for children, such as:


Explore the Farmers Market

Now that the weather is warming up, farmers markets will begin to pop up across the city! From produce to homemade crafts and baked goods, you will definitely find something interesting or delicious.

 


This photo of Near North Chicago Farmer’s Market is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Markets are open almost every day of the week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 

Find a list of the city’s markets and their schedules here

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

There are many free activities to take advantage of in Chicago including walking tours, the zoo, and other attractions.

 

 

Check out our comprehensive post about the Top Free Things to Do in Chicago.


Go on a Summertime Walking Tour

The weather is perfect to see some of the most famous Chicago sights on a pay-what-you-wish walking tour with us!

The North Loop and Millennium Park Tour will take you to the famous bean art installation, Marshall Fields, and more. 


Go to the Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country, and one of the last few free zoos. Home to over 1,000 animals, this is a great stop during your time in the city.

 

 

While you are in the area, you can also explore the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the park itself. 


Stroll the Riverwalk

With the warmer weather, it is the perfect time to explore the riverwalk. This beautiful stretch will bring you below the busy streets and right along the river’s edge, lined with restaurants, art, and fountains.

Learn more about the river and the riverwalk itself on our Riverwalk and History Tour


Check out the Chicago Cultural Center

This beautiful and historic building is free and open for the public to explore. Beyond the art that lines the walls, you will find free traveling films, lectures, and performances here.

 


This photo of Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Check out their calendar of events to see what is going on during your visit. 


Go to the Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association

Inside the historic Chicago Athletic Association building you will find much more than a luxury hotel. On the second floor, there is a Game Room with shuffleboard, pool tables, foosball, and bocce.

All free to use, find the game master to make a reservation while you enjoy something to sip on.

 


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Things To Do and Events in Chicago in May

What to do in May in Chicago (2019)

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This post lists top things to do in Chicago in May, updated for 2019, as well as things to do at night, free activities and family-friendly events. Be sure to read about things to do all year round!

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO

This section covers our top ten list for May. When possible, we’ve noted activities that are free or kid-friendly. 

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass


1. Take a Sightseeing Tour

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What is the Weather in Chicago in May?

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This post is an overview of the May weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do. 

 


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN MAY?

The temperatures reach between 66 °F and 74°F (19-23 °C), with an average high of 70 °F (21°C). On the other end, the average low this month dips down to 48 °F (9°C).

  What is the average temperature in May in Chicago

 

The temperatures climb steadily throughout the month, and by the end of May, the temperatures have reached to be 10 °F (5 °C) warmer.


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

During this month, the city often sees 3.7 inches (93 mm) of rain over the course of 12 rainy days. The sun shines 58% of the day, with an average of 7 clear days.

 

How much does it rain in May in Chicago?

 

The humidity this month is down to an average of 64%, peaking at 77% in the mornings.

 


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WHAT TO WEAR IN MAY?

May brings in very pleasant weather and tends to be the city’s least humid month but you should still bring some light jackets and layers for evenings, especially earlier in the month. 

 

What to Wear in May in Chicago

 

Umbrellas and rain boots are a good idea for the rainy days you’ll see in May.

 


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WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN MAY?

Below are the top things to do in May in Chicago.

But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in May, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in Chicago.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Chicago’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist attraction discount pass.

These passes could save up to 55% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants, not to mention saving you time waiting in ticket lines.

 

 

  1. Chicago Beer Classic
  2. Watch a Baseball Game
  3. Chicago Kids and Kite Festival
  4. See a Broadway Play
  5. Maifest
  6. Experience a Major Concert
  7. Mole de Mayo
  8. Memorial Day Parade
  9. Take a Free Walking Tour
  10. Fireworks at Navy Pier

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in May in our main post.

 


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What to Do in Chicago with Kids

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This post contains details about the most popular things to do with your family in Chicago, including free things to do, nighttime activities and popular attractions, updated for 2019.

 Visiting Chicago with Kids

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN CHICAGO

The following section will cover the best ideas for things to do with your kids in Chicago, covering whether an activity is free or available at night.

For more ideas on top popular attractions, check out our comparison post on tourist discount passes, which could help you save money on admission and which also offer family-friendly itineraries.

 

 

You might also want to take a look at our name your own price walking tours and find out more about the various bus tours and boat tours available in Chicago.

You’ll also find several family-friendly activities on our list of the top things to do in Chicago

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What is the Weather like in Chicago in April

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This post is an overview of the April weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do. Be sure to look into weather in March and June as well.


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Weather in April is generally pleasant, after the months of winter that Chicago has experienced.  You will want to be prepared for the weather so that you can properly pack, and so that nothing can hold you back during your stay in the city. The temperatures reach between 55 °F and 63°F (13-17°C), with an average high of 59 °F (15 °C). 

On the other end, the average low this month is 39 °F (4°C).  the temperatures really warm up this month, and by the end of April the temperature has risen 12°F (7°C) from where it started. 

Most days, temps will peak over 40 °F (4 °C), with about half the days this month even reaching up to the 60s °F (over 15 °C).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

Chicago sees some spring showers this month, receiving about 3.4 inches (86 mm) of total precipitation over an average of 12 days.

The sun shines 50% of the day, with an average of 6 clear days.  The humidity this month peaks at 77%, with an average of 65% humidity. April is historically the windiest month of the year, with an average wind speed of 11.9 mph (19.2 kph). 


HOW MUCH DOES IT SNOW IN CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Though it has snowed in April in the past, it is rare!


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WHAT TO WEAR IN APRIL?

April is historically windy and rainy so a good weatherproof jacket is a must, as is an umbrella. You’ll still want warm clothes especially if you’ll be joining us on evening walking tours.


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WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Below are the top things to do in  April in Chicago. But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in April, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in Chicago.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Chicago’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

 

City Passes Chicago

  1. Greek Parade
  2. Mexican Children’s Day Festival
  3. Check out a Baseball Game
  4. Celebrate Easter
  5. Lake FX Festival
  6. Go for a bike ride along the shore
  7. blueSHOUT
  8. Comic and Entertainment Expo
  9. Take a Walking Tour
  10. International Pop Overthrow

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in  April in our main post.


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Ocean Weather Services

 

 

 

Things To Do Chicago at Night

Top Things To Do In Chicago At Night

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This post lists the things to do in Chicago, updated for 2019 and includes a top 10 list, free activities, family-friendly options as well as activities that are included in most tourist passes.  You’re in Chicago, why not enjoy the nightlife? Check out our Chicago Visitors Guide, with budget advice, travel guides, and information about local Chicago attractions.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AND EVENTS AT NIGHT IN CHICAGO

Below is our top 10 recommendations for things to do at night in Chicago. Some of the items here would also fit in the other sections, such as free and family-friendly options. 

Within each listing, we provide links for more in-depth exploration of each selection. 

For tips on the most popular activities in Chicago, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

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