Mata's Guide to Summer Fun

  • Mata Traders
  • 15 Jun, 2017

Summer is finally upon us! And lucky for us, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Chicago during these next few hot weather months. If you ever find yourself at a loss for what to do, check out one (or all) of the things below! And, of course, we've provided you with some cute styling suggestions. Whatever you decide to do this summer, do it in style.

Watch a movie in the park

Get excited for summer Tuesdays, and pull your picnic basket and blanket out of winter storage! The list of movies being screened at Millennium Park this summer include classics such as The Blues Brothers, Wayne's World, and The Princess Bride, as well as a more recent smash hit La La Land. Be sure to get there early to snag a prime seat! Or visit the Chicago Parks District's website to see if any of the other hundreds of movie screenings are happening at your local park.

Spend a weekend at the Indiana Dunes

Such a fun weekend getaway! Splurge on a recycled polyester backpack and some ethical cargo shorts and you're conquering the sand in style. Pitch a tent, start a fire, and spend the weekend roasting marshmallows and climbing Indiana's famous sand dunes.

Take a "Make & Take" jewelry class with your girls!

You love jewelry– why not try your hand at making a custom piece of your very own? MASHALLA is located in Pilsen, sells unique handmade jewelry on their website, and they offer a variety of jewelry making workshops (like the Morse Code Necklace workshop on June 22nd!). Or, schedule a private jewelry making class for you and your friends– the perfect girls night out!

Hit the zoo

Not only does the Lincoln Park Zoo have a wide variety of animals to visit and learn more about, but did you know it's free? For an inexpensive day out, spend your time exploring the zoo, walking their boardwalk and enjoying a view of the skyline before grabbing lunch at one of their restaurants.

Find a patio

There's nothing like eating a delicious meal while simultaneously enjoying a warm summer breeze. Round up your friends or coworkers and dine alfresco! For a list of some of the best patio and rooftop restaurants in the city, check out Eater Chicago's list.

Take a hike

Spend some time enjoying the great outdoors! Did you know you don't have to travel that far from the city to do it? Throw on some stretchy PACT leggings and organic cotton sneakers and check out this list from Chicagoist of the best hiking paths that are totally do-able as a day trip.

Tea time at the Drake

Pinkies up! For Chicagoans, tea time at the Drake Hotel is one of those things you have to experience at least once in your lifetime. Grab a friend, throw on a dress (how perfect would our Tea Time dress be?), and allow yourself to feel like royalty as you sip tea and munch on hors d'oeuvres.

Shop a farmer's market

In the Midwest, we're lucky enough to be surrounded by tons of small farms outside any major city. We don't even need to leave the city to appreciate their fresh produce and flowers, thanks to farmer's markets! Green City Market is dedicated to local produce and sustainability (not to mention it's one of the 7 best farmer's markets in the country). Keep it casual in some Birks and your new favorite tote bag. If you can't make it out to Green City or just prefer to stay closer to home, do not fret! Go here for a full list of farmers markets in the city. Save Save

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