Chicago – Things to Do This Summer

After a cold and long winter, it’s time to step out and enjoy the many attractions Chicago offers, says Gaurav Mohindra.

There are great museums, events, and tours that operate throughout Chicago that are always popular attractions when the weather is nice, says Gaurav Mohindra.  Below is a collection of some of the most popular things to do in the city.

Shedd Aquarium:  Located within Museum Campus the Shedd offers numerous attractions to visitors of all ages.  Some of their upcoming programs include Private and Personalized Tours.  These tours are led by one of their marine experts who can customize the tour to focus on things one is particularly interested in.  Another exciting event for children is Asleep with the Fishes.  At this event, you may spend the night exploring the aquarium and learn about marine life through a scavenger hunt and presentations.  The Shedd is also having a Mother’s Day special event in May for families.  For adults, the Shedd is offering a Penguin Party – where attendees can spend an evening at the Shedd with cocktails, eats, and penguins. 

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Art Institute:  Located near Millennium Park, the Art Institute is easily accessible for a visit.  The museum is considered to have one of the best art collections in the world.  Some of their upcoming exhibitions include Rembrandt’s Portraits, which is running from March 3 – June 9.  Another exciting exhibition includes Connoisseurship of Japanese Prints which is running from April 6 – June 22.  The museum is open daily from 10:30 – 5:00 PM, and on Thursdays, it is open until 8:00 PM.  The general admission for adults is $25, however, if you are a Chicago resident the fees are discounted to $20.

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Adler Planetarium:    The Adler Planetarium provides visitors a showcase on space science.  They offer a number of exhibits, events, and shows for all ages.  Their current shows include Planet Nine, Imagine the Moon, Skywatch Live, Welcome to the Universe, Destination Solar System – amongst others!  One of their most popular exhibits is Mission Moon which provides the personal experience Captain Jim Lovell as he made the impossible possible.  One of their highly anticipated events for adults is Adler After Dark.  One of the Adler After Dark events in April is Cosmic Caper where attendees follow clues, solve puzzles, uncover the mole, and look to solve a caper.  The event will offer special drinks from Empirical Brewery, a talk from astronomer Mark Hammergren, and a special performance by Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble.