Chicago really comes alive in the summer, and Memorial Day is the kick-off to the best season around.
Wear a fancy hat and feel like a baller while betting on the horses at Arlington Race Track. A little bit of the Derby in our backyard.
Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in the city. From Venus Fly Traps to the most tropical, beautiful, foreign plans you've ever seen, this is a not-to-be-missed.
Castaways is straight out of a movie. A big boat-like structure where 20-somethings spend $14 for a fruity cocktail right next to the meat market that is North Avenue Beach. But let me tell you, it's kind of awesome.
You can't dress shleppy and go to North Avenue Beach. Prepare to be intimidated by the beach bods and drunk frat boys, but in what other big city can you lay at the beach with a lake representative of the ocean, a huge city skyline and an enormous bar shaped like a ship? Not to mention, beach volleyball, bike rides and fro-yo in the adjoining park.
Millennium Park is one of our city's treasure. More modern and man-made than Lincoln Park and far cleaner than Central Park, you can't come to Chicago without taking a picture at The Bean and witnessing the most beautiful park architecture.
As much as I try to stay away from the tourist trap that is Navy Pier, summer in Chicago is not complete without a trip to their awesome beer garden.
A Chicago Architecture Tour is something that everyone should do once in their life. It may sound dorky, but you'd be dorky if you chose NOT to do this.
The Gage is the most glamorous Irish pub on earth and I love it for that. If the bison tartare is on the menu - run, don't walk, to get it.
Biking along Chicago's Lake Shore is a luxury. Even if you have a bike, it's sometimes fun to feel like a tourist by renting a Bike & Roll.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the last remaining free zoos in the country and it is something to take advantage of as often as possible.
Navy Pier is an undeniable tourist trap with screaming children and sticky cotton candy, but every once in a while doesn't a New Yorker go to the Empire State Building or a San Franciscan to the Bridge?