Winter may be hibernation season in Chicago, but fun-loving city-goers come out in full-force as soon as the weather turns. We may be known as the Second City to the rest of the world, but to locals, it’s the best city on the planet for those much-anticipated summer months.
In general, Midwest summers are hard to beat — there are festivals, street fairs, and special events virtually every weekend. And while the lake effect doesn’t offer much relief from the stifling heat and sweltering humidity, there are a few other reprieves. Beyond hiding out in the air conditioning, why not play tourist in your own town? Plan a staycation to one of the local resorts or hotels. When you’re ready to cool off, a hotel pool or rooftop is never far away.