It’s official, school is out for the summer! I know two little people who are over the moon about this whole idea. It seems my kids were already on summer hours starting a couple of weeks ago. Longer days encouraged later bedtimes and made for very challenging, slow to start mornings. Not no mo honey! I know my kids are thrilled, but there is another person who is also doing the dance of joy over summer break. ME! Summer for mom means no more lunches, matching socks and a break from homework, especially common core math. Blech. For the next 8 weeks we are going to focus on living in the moment, perhaps adding a little spontaneity to the mix and enjoying the days of summer, Chicago style. Here is a list of some summer options going on in Chicago this summer that are fun for the whole family. Maybe I will see you around. Enjoy!
- Mario’s Italian Ice – If you live in or near Chicago, this place must be added to your summer bucket list. Mario’s is nestled in Chicago’s Little Italy part of the city, also known as Taylor Street. After you visit this little slice of heaven you are going to feel a teeny weeny bit like you have been teleported to Italy. Our dad has been taking us here since we were little. This is not your run of of the mill ice slushy. No siree. We are talking chunks of fresh fruit of all kinds and perhaps one of the more refreshing things to hit your lips when the sun is beating down. Hurry up. Don’t wait too long. Mario’s is a seasonal spot and these folks are old school. Don’t bother looking for a website. You wont find one. However, rave Yelp reviews are abundant. Put 1068 W. Taylor Street in your phone and let Google do the work. You are welcome.
- Maggie Daley Park – Kids or no kids, MDP is a must. It is not very often the “park” you are visiting has such things as; a climbing wall, play gardens, mini golf, picnic groves, snack bars, tennis courts, playground equipment like you have never seen all while you have the view of the skyline to the west and the lake to the east. No detail was left out on this plan. Your kids will have a ball and momma will get some R & R later because the beasts will be riddled with exhaustion from all the fun that was had. Also, it’s free people. Pack a lunch and hit this place up.
- Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier – Navy Pier is celebrating their 100th year and with that they have just completed construction on the brand new, bigger and better Ferris Wheel. What a better way to take in the stunning Chicago skyline than on a giant ferris wheel. Click here for hours and ticket information.
- The 606 – Now this is cool. The 606 is a park and trail system that runs through Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. This project is a big part of Mayor Emanuel’s desire to create more parks and green space throughout Chicago. Whether you decide to take a stroll, run or bike, the 606 is going to appeal to all of your senses. Intertwined throughout this elevated path are bits of Chicago history, art and design. They are calling this “the new park that is elevating Chicago.”
- Family Day at Arlington Park – Take your kids to the races! Arlington Racecourse is a blast for the entire family and every Sunday is family day. I have experienced this first hand with my own family and I have to say, Arlington never disappoints. The park is lovely and the grounds are breathtaking. Sundays are geared completely toward families so you can be sure to bet on some horses and have some fun of your own. Don’t worry, the kids will be entertained too! Also, there is a Metra line that will drop you right outside the park.
- I Fly Indoor Skydiving – This indoor skydiving spot is all the rage right now. If your kids are into a bit of a thrill seeking experience, then this is for them. After you receive some training and your fly suit, a sky diving experience is simulated in a modern day wind tunnel. I don’t know what kid or adult wouldn’t like to give this a whirl. No pun intended.
- Movies In The Park – Nothing says summer like watching a film under the stars. Chicago’s incredible Millenium Park has a lineup of movies all summer long. Pack a blanket, your favorite bottle of vino and something to munch on and I’d say you are all set to take in a flick.
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