Summer Bucket List

We Chicagoans are so lucky to have so much to do during our 100 days of summer….but sometimes it can be totally and utterly overwhelming. Need help narrowing down the best summer activities for your Chicago loving family? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here is my tried and true Summer Bucket List.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday Family Fun Day at Arlington Park

Tips & Tricks for Visiting Wrigley Field

Cool Ways to Spend Summer Nights in Chicagoland

Train Trips for Chicagoland Families

Santa’s Village

The Only Farm to Visit for Berry Picking

Where to Play Cool in Chicagoland

Pirate’s Cove

Family Days with the Kane County Cougars

Where to Take Your Little Thrill Seekers

Ravinia Tips

FREE THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO SEE

Nature Based Play in Chicagoland

Train Trips for Chicagoans

Splash Pads

Hiking Trails

Touch a Truck Events

Best Beaches in Chicagoland

Lake Arlington

Best Local Parks for the Ultimate Park Crawl

Naperville River Walk

Evanston Lakefront Activities

Sanity Saving Tips for Visiting Maggie Daley Park

Buckingham Fountain

Village Green Park

Wagner Farm

Local Nature Centers 

 

WHERE TO SPLISH & SPLASH

Best Waterparks in Chicagoland

Free Splash Pads

Best Beaches in Chicagoland

Water Based Learning Activities

 

WHERE TO WORK UP A SWEAT

Chicago Botanic Garden with Kids

Local Parks for the Ultimate Park Crawl

Nature Based Play in Chicagoland

Independence Grove

Village Green

The Children’s Garden at the Morton Arboretum

Hiking Trails

Starved Rock State Park Secrets

Lake Arlington

Naperville River Walk

Where to Play on the Evanston Lakefront

Maggie Daley Park

Lincoln Park Zoo

Brookfield Zoo

Wagner Farm

Cosley Zoo

 

SUMMER EATS & TREATS

Where Kids Eat Free 

BBQ Dishes that Impress

Herbed Ice Cubes

Healthy Popsicles

Best Kids Menus in Chicagoland

Grilling Recipes and Tips

Garden Inspired Dishes

Spiced Up S’Mores 

Plan the Ultimate Picnic

Best Ice Cream in Chicagoland

Family Friendly Restaurants to Watch the “Big Game”

Restaurants for Special Nights Out with the Kids

Best Kids Menus in Chicagoland

The Twig ‘n Berry Cocktail

 

SUMMER TIPS & TRICKS

Summer Hacks for Parents

Camp Mom Simple Summer

Tips for Staying Safe This Summer

Green Beauty Summer Staples

Tips for Navigating a Fireworks Show

Water Based Learning Activities

Why Moms Should ROCK Their Bikini

25 Screen Free Activities

 

 

ROAD TRIPS

Lake Geneva

Road Trips for Chicagoans

Quad Cities

Milwaukee

Starved Rock