Summer has finally arrived and it's time for liberal arts students to take a well-deserved break. Even for those enrolled in a couple of summer courses, this time of year offers long, sunny days where you can really take advantage of what's going on around the city.
Chicago offers a wide range of summer activities that can keep any Shimerian entertained. Read on to discover things to do in Chicago this summer, and some activities that can help you continue learning even in your down time!
Explore Chicago's Navy Pier
Built in 1916, this Chicago landmark was originally the largest pier in the world at 1.5 miles long, and currently attracts over eight million visitors a year. Great books college students have the option to catch a play at the renowned Shakespeare Theater, ride the 15-storey Ferris wheel or grab a coffee and just people-watch. The pier is also lined with a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, so you can go out with a group of friends from school and make it an evening!
The pier’s location on the shore of Lake Michigan makes it a breezy spot to visit on a summer day and a fun way to experience a piece of Chicago's history.
Check out the Art Institute of Chicago's Massive Collection
If there could be one place that would satiate anyone's hunger for art, it's the Art Institute of Chicago. This establishment houses the best-known art collection in the city, at over 300,000 works that span 5,000 years. Students attending liberal arts college in Chicago have the opportunity to feast their eyes on American, Asian, African, contemporary and modern works of art.
There are fixed and seasonal exhibits year-round and the Institute offers sections for photography, architecture, textiles and even armor. It will definitely take a few visits to cover what they've got on display!
Spend a Day in Chicago's Lincoln Park
On the city's North Side you'll find Lincoln Park, a bustling place during the summer. Depending on their mood, students of small liberal arts colleges have plenty of activities to choose from, including:
- The Lincoln Park Zoo, which is one of the only free zoos in the country
- The Steppenwolf Theater puts on a variety of dramas, events, and other presentations
- The North Ave Beach is perfect for swimming on a sunny day
- The Lincoln Park Conservatory has some beautiful flower and plant exhibits
Take Advantage of the City's Tours
Tours offer a unique perspective of the city, are usually really affordable, and offer the advantage of showing you around a part of town you may have never seen before.
- The Frank Lloyd Wright Tour takes you through Oak Park, a historic district that's home to the world's largest collection of Wright-designed buildings, including the architect's own home and studio.
- If you want to learn a little more about Al Capone, the Prohibition Era and can stand a little camp humor, the Untouchable Tour takes you through 1920's and 1930's gangster-related spots in the city.
- To check out the city's epicenter, a walking Chicago Cultural Center Tour is a great way to catch glimpses of the free cultural events happening in and around the center.
Did we miss anything? What other great summer activities are there in Chicago?