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Summer Time Chi Bucket List

Rooftop Cinema

Hey friend! Don’t have any plans for the summer? Lucky for you, I curated THEE perfect list with loads of events for a real Chicagoan summer.

Celebrate the people at Chicago’s Juneteenth Village Fest!

This FREE event takes place on Monday, offers items from Black vendors, good drink and music, and organizations giving information on how to help the community and give power to the people. This family friendly event will be fun for all ages, so take your friends, parents, siblings, everyone!

Go to this link for more info: Juneteenth Fest

Have you seen Chicago from a tourist perspective? Try a fun boat ride!

Whether you are intrigued with seeing some of Chi-Town’s amazing architecture or view the gorgeous skyline, these boat rides are just for you. Seeing your city from a new perspective can always be refreshing, especially after being in the routine of work/school for most of the year.

Go to this link for more info: Chicago Boat Tours

Not enough water for the hot summer sun? Go kayaking in Lake Michigan or the river!

Urban Kayak rentals delivers fun to you straight from the water! With instructors to teach you how to maneuver your kayak, you are in control of what kind of Chicago you would like to see. This is a good bonding activity for friends or coworkers, and creates a lot of team building with the people you are boating with.

Go to this link for more info:

Come tap in with the culture by stopping by Chicago’s Annual African Fest!

I can say from experience that this is one of my favorite events to go to before summer comes to an end. With the great food and diverse dancers, this September festival, located in Washington Park, is definitely worth it, so go check it out!

Go to this link for more info: African Arts Festival

Wanna just chill, get cozy, and watch a good film? You NEED to go to a Rooftop Cinema. 

Fulton Markets Rooftop Cinema Club does an outstanding job establishing an atmosphere just like you are cozied up at home watching a movie. With headphones provided, all you need to bring is yourself and some friends to this fun event after buying tickets for your preferred movie online. Perfect, right?

Go to this link for more info:

So the next time you are feeling bored this summer, give one of these suggestions a try. Who knows, you may even see me there.


By Jada Strong, Sophomore at Whitney Young Magnet

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