The beaches in Chicago aren’t open yet, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy nature in and around the Windy City. Here are a few fun outdoor activities in Chicago to check off your bucket list this summer.
Take A Stroll Through Washington Square Park
Located across the street from the Newberry Library, Washington Square Park boasts a gorgeous floral garden and a fountain. Head to the park for a summer stroll, and take in the sights and sounds of one of Chicago’s most beautiful green spaces.
When the weather’s warm and sunny, opt for an al fresco lunch or dinner in Millennium Park. Bring a picnic basket with your favorite snacks and set up for an evening of people-watching while social distancing. When you’re done eating, finish your night with a walking tour of the park’s famed sculptures. Don’t forget your mask at home — face-coverings are required in the park.
Jog The Lakefront
Chicago’s 18.5-mile-long lakefront trail the go-to spot in the city for scenic jogging. When you’re craving a hard workout and a good dose of sunlight, head to the lakefront for a run. Be sure to keep it moving — due to the COVID-19 crisis, trail-goers must social distance from other joggers.
The Morton Arboretum offers 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads for you to explore. Whether you’d prefer a leisurely stroll amongst the trees or are looking for a more demanding hike, you’ll have an opportunity at the Arboretum. Or, bring a blanket and a book to enjoy the 1,700-acre natural oasis at a slower pace.
Finally, head to the 606 for a spin on two wheels through the 2.7-mile recreational parks and trail. While it used to be an abandoned rail line, the 606 is now one of the best spots for outdoor activities in Chicago. Don’t forget your mask!