During the summer months, Chicago is always bursting with fun things to see, do, and experience — and this season will be no different. As we all continue to practice safe social distancing measures, there are still lots of ways to go out and have some summer fun in Chicagoland.
Whether your summertime goals are to go on a trip, enjoy some time in the great outdoors, or simply relax around the house, here are a few ideas for enjoying every second of summer in Chicagoland — while staying safe and healthy along the way!
Celebrate the Season with Family and Friends
The summer months are a great time to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with the people closest to us. This season, communities around Chicagoland are putting on socially distanced block parties and cookouts, to help make sure that people are able to come together, while staying safe.
Looking for some fun ways to celebrate al fresco with friends and family?
- CNBC offers a guide on “How to Have Summer Fun Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic”
- Realtor.com has tips for hosting a “Socially Distant Barbecue” in your own backyard
- The New York Times shares ideas for “How to Have a Picnic, Safely”
- Want to see which local restaurants and bars near you have outdoor dining options? Choose Chicago has running lists of all of the bars, breweries, and restaurants with open patios and rooftops.
Hit the Road
The summer months are always a huge season for travel. And while extravagant, cross-country trips may not be within reach this year, there are still lots of fun ways to break away from the routine and get moving.
Want to plan your perfect summer itinerary?
- Check out our guide to some of the best day trips you can enjoy around Chicagoland and the Midwest, or find new ideas for road trips courtesy of TimeOut and Enjoy Illinois
- Want ideas for an adventurous afternoon? You can find some of the best scenic bike routes and drives in Chicagoland right here on our blog
- Want to explore nature this summer? Start with our list of the best natural sights and attractions from across the region
Plan a Relaxing Staycation
Google searches for “staycations” have been booming this summer — and it’s easy to see why! A staycation is a great way to unplug and unwind for a few days, without leaving the comfort and safety of home.
Looking for some ideas to make the most of your seasonal staycation?
- GoodHousekeeping shares “15 Amazing Staycation Ideas That Won’t Blow Your Budget”
- The Cut offers “20 Great Staycation Ideas for Vacationing at Home”
- Bustle names “11 Staycation Ideas For Adults That Feel Ultra Luxurious”
- FastCompany lists “5 ways to make the most of a stay-at-home summer vacation”
Catch Up On Your Summer Reading List
Lazy summer afternoons are a great opportunity for kids and adults alike to keep up with their reading lists. In the mood for a Chicago-set read, or looking for opportunities to support local bookstores in your community?
- To learn more about how you can directly support your favorite bookseller during the coronavirus pandemic, check out these great reports from BuzzFeed and Literary Hub
- For novels and non-fiction works that can help you celebrate Chicagoland, check out this great list from Curbed, or this collection from The Culture Trip
Attend Your Favorite Chicago Festivals — Virtually
From the city to the suburbs, summer in Chicago usually means weeks of street festivals, foodie events, farmers’ markets, and more amazing outdoor events. This year, the organizers behind some of Chicagoland’s most celebrated traditions are finding new ways to help keep communities connected, including moving events online.
Many of Millennium Park’s summer events have migrated online, where they are being shared as part of “Millennium Park at Home.” Similarly, Taste of Chicago, the area’s largest food festival, is being rebranded as “Taste of Chicago To Go,” with virtual demonstrations, delivery options, and more. Lollapalooza, held downtown in Grant Park, is going virtual as “Lolla2020,” with online events and special performances all summer long.
For an extensive roundup of virtual festivals and events in the area, check out this running list from Choose Chicago.
Work On Your Home
What DIY ideas and home projects are on your summer to-do list? This season is a great opportunity to tackle projects that can improve your home’s curb appeal, or make sure it’s ready for the fall and winter months to come.
Here are a few ideas to try out for a fun, energizing, and productive summer:
- Want to create the perfect “work from home” set-up? Check out our guide to adding a home office, or explore this list of ideas for crafting a relaxing outdoor workspace
- Make some green upgrades by tackling this summer sustainability list from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, or keep exploring our blog for easy home updates and creative ways to save water in the summer
- Enjoy some time in the great outdoors and help protect your home, by maximizing your outdoor living spaces, taking care of your lawn, or tackling one of our favorite summer landscaping and gardening projects
- Make the most of your space by finding ways to maximize the amount of natural light in your home; make your basement more functional and fun; declutter from top to bottom; or organize your garage or storage unit
Chicagoland, We’re By Your Side — No Matter What
Even with everything going on, we know how important it is to be able to move forward with your important real estate decisions — and we’re here to make that easier and safer.
Please rest assured that while we are instituting the CDC’s health safety and prevention protocols across all our businesses and office locations, we are still operational and ready to continue serving you. We are adapting and innovating to meet your needs — including using virtual tools to help buyers and sellers move forward with confidence and peace of mind.
At Baird & Warner, 165 years of history have taught us how to overcome even the most adverse conditions. We know how resilient our Chicagoland community is — and we’re confident we’ll get through this together, stronger than ever.