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Summer Guide

Plan your summer adventures with the Chicago Sun-Times Summer Guide. We bring updates on the best festivals, trips, outdoor excursions and ways to keep cool.

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Everything you need to know about Spring Awakening 2019

The Midwest’s largest electronic festival is happening June 7-9 this year — and for the first time, it’s in the ‘burbs. Here’s what you need to know.

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Where to drink outside this summer: Chicago’s best new rooftop and patio bars

Chicago’s outdoor dining and drinking scene is as diverse as the city itself, from swank spots to casual hangouts. We rounded up this year’s best newcomers, including plenty of rooftops.

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Chicago summer music festival guide 2019

A look at the can’t-miss music events in Chicago and the ‘burbs this summer.

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Our 2019 guide to Chicago’s neighborhood festivals

Street fests in neighborhoods across Chicago pop up faster than you can pencil them in on your calendar. Whether it’s down the street, along the lakefront or at the county fairgrounds, there’s something happening every day, all summer. Here are some of the area’s best festivals.

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Chicago’s best ice cream, popsicles and frozen treats

There’s nothing like a frozen treat to beat the summer heat. We’ve rounded up the best places to enjoy an icy delight, weather it’s served atop a cone, on a stick or in a cup, plain or smothered with toppings.

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How to create a garden on your balcony, deck or patio

Everything you need to know to create a container garden in a small urban space.

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Things to do outside this summer: The best places to climb, skate, bocce and more

Whether you’re looking to take it easy or get your adrenaline flowing, there are tons of awesome ways to have fun in the area this summer.

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Want to get away? The best day trips and weekend jaunts near Chicago

You can’t beat a hasty retreat to one of these nearby spots for an escape from the city.

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Lakefront Trail map: Our guide to the best highlights and hotspots to see by bike

Now that improvements to the 18-mile Lakefront Trail are complete, it’s time to hop on your bike and experience all it has to offer.

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Lollapalooza — Tips on staying cool, hydrated and avoiding sunburn

Your Pitchfork partying this weekend can be totally fab, since you can stay cool, hydrated and sunburn-free while still wearing glitter and your so-dope floppy hat.

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Summer Celebrations 2018: Our guide to the Chicago area’s festivals

The weather is warming up and in Chicago that signals the return of the summer festival season. While the big three of music — Lollapalooza,

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Baseball in Rosemont: The Dog days of summer never sounded so fun

The Chicago Dogs minor league baseball team kicks off its inaugural season this week in the brand new, $60 million Impact Field in Rosemont.

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Summer fun in the sun in Chicago: Water sports, camping, boat tours and more

After being cooped up all winter, we’re finally at a point where we can head outside for some fun without bringing a scarf and hand warmers.

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From baseball to Bears, summer is the time for Chicago sports fans to soak it in

Whether it's baseball, volleyball, auto racing or other contests, Chicago sports fans never starve in the summer. Here are their options.

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Outdoor cultural fun in Chicago: Dance, theater, movies, zoos and more

Every once in a while it’s nice to elevate our thinking. We might even get a little culture — and education — along the way.

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Biking in Chicago: How to explore the city on two wheels

Summertime in Chicago is the perfect time to get up and get active, and what better way to do that than by taking a ride.

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Taylor Street Festa Italiana brings Naples, Florence & Rome to Chicago

Among the city’s most popular neighborhood festivals is the annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana in Chicago’s historic Little Italy neighborhood.