It’s finally summer in Chicago & who couldn’t be more excited?? With the summer comes nice weather, sunshine, festivals, & fun.
So far this short summer, Chicago has seen some intense World Cup fan support. During the four US appearances during the 2014 World Cup, Chicago hosted viewing parties which only seemed to grow & grow & grow in attendance. During the last match against Belgium a viewing party was held at Soldier Field which almost reached maximum capacity & made national news!
Chicago also played host to the ITU World Triathlon Series which took place along the banks of Lake Michigan June 28 & 29. This elite sporting event pitted the world’s best triathletes against each other & also allowed amateurs to compete together. Gwen Jorgensen from the United States took home the first place finish from the Elite Women’s heat. Notably, this is only the third time the ITU World Triathlon Series has ever come to the United States so we’re honored Chicago was selected as the host for this great event!
Aside from sports, Chicago summers also mean free, fun events! Now through September 6 Summer Workouts take place at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park each Saturday morning. These free workouts include Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, & zumba. Also included in free, fun events is the Millennium Park Film Series. Each Tuesday evening blockbuster hits are shown at 6:30pm at the Pritzker Pavilion for free! So far this summer we’ve seen Top Gun, Brigadoon, & Ghostbusters with more exciting films to come including O Brother Where Art Thou, Dreamgirl, Wizard of Oz, & Avatar.
While summer is only getting started & so much has already happened, there’s still so much more to look forward to! Coming up there’s the Taste of Chicago July 9-13, Windy City Smokeout July 11-13, Chicago Craft Beer Festival July 19 & 20, Lollapalooza August 1-3, Chicago Air & Water Show August 16-17, North Coast Music Festival August 29-31, & so much more!
Enjoy the beautiful Chicago summer while it lasts! Fall will be here too soon & before you know it, it’ll be snowing. As they say in Game of Thrones…winter is coming!