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5 of the Greatest Warm-Weather Outdoor Activities in Chicago

In spite of the Windy City’s reputation for brutal winters, there are several fun outdoor activities in Chicago you can try from spring to fall. From Lake Michigan to the Chicago River, green spaces are everywhere making the city a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are five of the best ways to enjoy Chicago’s great outdoors.

Bike the Lakefront Trail

One great way to see the city’s green spaces as well as its neighborhoods is by bike. The mostly flat terrain, paired with over 250 miles of bike lanes and trails make Chicago a biker’s paradise. One of the most popular outdoor activities in Chicago is to bike the Lakefront Trail. The 18-mile trail runs along the shores of Lake Michigan, providing stunning views of the water and the city’s beaches. Keep an eye out for Navy Pier, Grant Park, the Museum District, and the city skyline along the way! If you get thirsty, stop for a quick drink at one of the many water fountains along the trail. Don’t have a bike? No worries – you can rent a city bike at any Divvy kiosk and simply return it when you’re done.

Go Kayaking on the Chicago River

Another exciting way to explore Chicago is from the water, and kayaking the Chicago River is a great place to start. Kayak rental shops line the river, so it’s easy to rent one and go. You’ll get a workout while on your urban adventure, taking in the city’s best sights including iconic bridges and the Chicago Riverwalk. 

Soak Up the Sun on Montrose Beach

You may be surprised to learn that Chicago has beaches where you can lay on the sand and feel the sun on your skin in the warmer months. While there are several beaches to choose from, many of them become crowded as you get closer to the Loop. Escape the throngs by heading Uptown to Montrose Beach where you can spend the day relaxing by the water. If you get bored of lazing around, you can swim or challenge friends to a friendly match of volleyball.

Zip Line through Bemis Woods

Looking to try one of the most adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities in Chicago? See nature from a whole new vantage point by soaring through the treetops of Bemis Woods! Go Ape’s 2,000-foot-long zip line course will take you from canopy to canopy in the lush Forest Preserves of Cook County. Get ready to tackle a variety fun and challenging obstacles along the course such as Tarzan swings, rope ladders and trapezes.

Admire the Murals in Pilsen

If you’re looking to try one of the top outdoor activities in Chicago that combines art with exploration, head to Pilsen. The beautiful neighborhood features streets lined with distinct murals that were painted from the 1960s through today. Many of the murals depict the history of Mexican-American culture as interpreted by up-and-coming and famous artists. Be sure to look for Spy Gaia’s Quetzalcoatl and the Stork and the staircase decked out in multicolored glass mosaics.

What outdoor activities in Chicago do you enjoy most? Stop by and let us know! If you’re looking for short-term corporate housing or a home-away-from-home in Chicago, we’d love to show you around our community while you’re here. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 312-787-8080.

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