What To Do Before it Gets Cold Outside

Before we know it, the leaves will have all fallen off the trees and we'll be sitting inside with our wooly sweaters on, wondering when it will be summer again. Before we bring out the mittens and boots, get yourself outside and soak up every last minute of warm weather. Your body will thank you come January and you'll thank us for our guide to what to do before it gets cold outside. (Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo)

Updated: September 08, 2010

What To Do Before It Gets Cold Outside

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Before it gets too cold to walk around and see the lions roar, head to the zoo, where the animals are hankering for visitors, the popsicles are plentiful and the fall weather adds to the ambiance.

Green City Market

Between 1750 N Clark St & Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Before we resort to frozen veggies and takeout, take full advantage of the locally grown produce, fresh flowers and homemade breads from this outdoor market. Its runs until October, so you admire the leaves changing while you hand-pick your peaches.

Millennium Park

55 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

From concerts to Saturday morning yoga, this downtown park has outdoor activities galore. Stroll to the Buckingham fountain and check out the views of the city, or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your sandwiches in the grass. What better way to celebrate the last days outdoors?

Seadog Speedboat & Architectural Cruises

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

You won't see many people braving the cold to embark on a boat ride come fall, but September and October is the perfect time to check out one of Chicago's grand boat tours. Ride down the Chicago River and out into Lake Michigan to take in some truly awe-inspiring views. At Seadogs, you can choose from thrill-inducing rapid rides or slower, intellectually stimulating architectural cruises. Either way, you'll be breathing in fresh air and letting your hair blow in the wind.

Tavern on Rush

1031 North Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

One of the most happening outdoor dining scenes in Chicago, Tavern on Rush is packed with diners all summer long, and the same holds true for fall, when al fresco patrons can't help but squeeze every last ounce of sun while they devour their steak.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

830 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Sure, we can eat ice cream all year-round (and we intend to), but there's something so satisfying about attacking our frozen dessert when its not yet frozen outside. At this classic American sundae shop, the ice cream concoctions are so rich and indulgent, you'll feel ok about your splurge--considering bikini season is over, after all.