Where to Get Outdoors in Chicago

Despite the 50-degree weather, it's June, we're officially out of hibernation, and summer is coming.  Last weekend, we kicked off the summer street festival season with Mayfest and Do Division.  It's time to get outside and enjoy the weather while it lasts!  Here are some ideas for ways you can enjoy Chicago outdoors.  

The 606 Trail, Coming June 6, 2015: the606.org

The 606 Trail, Coming June 6, 2015: the606.org

The 606

This weekend, on June 6th (6/6) the long-awaited 606 Trail will open.  If you're not familiar with it, the 606 is Chicago's take on NYC's Highline, an elevated park built on an abandoned freight line along the west side of Manhattan.  The 606 will stretch along 2.7 miles of west Chicago, connecting multiple parks and neighborhoods.  Walk, bike, or jog the 606 and enjoy this unique view of Chicago's west side.  Read more >

North Avenue BeachHouse: chicagoparkdistrict.com

North Avenue BeachHouse: chicagoparkdistrict.com

North Avenue Beach

North Avenue Beach is Chicago's busiest beach.  Situated along beautiful Lake Michigan, the beach is a popular place for volleyball, swimming, and catching some rays.  It's also a great spot for people watching as it sits alongside the Lakefront Path.  The beach-house features concessions, shops, and a casual restaurant.  Read more >

Lakefront Trail: Wikipedia.com

Lakefront Trail: Wikipedia.com

Lakefront Trail

This paved trail stretches 18-miles along the Chicago lakeshore.  A popular spot for bikers, runners, walkers, and rollerbladers (yes, those still exist), the Lakefront Trail connects parks, beaches, and many neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago.  Great people watching!  Read more >

Kayaking the Chicago River: Kayakchicago.com

Kayaking the Chicago River: Kayakchicago.com

Kayak The Chicago River

Feeling really adventurous?  Rent a kayak at Kayak Chicago and paddle downtown.  The buildings provide canyon-like views from the river that are stunning.  Watch for bigger boats though, the river can get busy!  Read more >

Divvy Bikes: Chicagoomaroon.com

Divvy Bikes: Chicagoomaroon.com

Rent a Divvy Bike

I'm a true believer that the best way to see a new city is by bike.  It's quick, cheap, and easy to park.  You can cover a lot more ground on a bike than you can walking.  With over 300 stations around the city and 13,000 daily riders, Divvy is a popular option for visitors who want to pedal their way through Chicago.  Read more >