Don't let summer slip away! Check out the top local spots and things to do that these notable Chicagoans recommend.
“My summer bucket list is endless because it's the season we anticipate all year. Summer in Chicago is the best. But, I'd have to say that exploring Chicago's amazing neighborhoods is at the top of my list, starting with The 606 Trail and a stop for coffee at Ipsento 606. There will definitely be some impromptu group texts to meet up with friends on Bernie's Lunch & Supper's rooftop and a giant to-go hot pizza from Dough Bros any time of day. A summer in Chicago wouldn't be complete without catching a few concerts on the lawn at Pritzker Pavilion, and I'll never pass up an opportunity to be out on the water sailing with friends and family—the best way to see the stunning Chicago skyline (especially at sunset). And finally, Chicago's festivals are a can't-miss, especially Lollapalooza to see my favorite band St. Lucia. It's always a summer highlight.” —Caitlin McCarthy, founder and owner of C|Louise Public Relations
“Since I am a new addition to NoMI Kitchen, I’ll be working on our new menu roll-out for fall. I also want to take the team on a farm tour. When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m hoping to do a round of golf at every Chicago Park District course. And, of course, I’ll also be able to fit in a night game out at Wrigley Field, a Chicago bucket-list standard.” —Chef Ed Sura, executive chef at Park Hyatt’s NoMI Kitchen
Jeffrey M. Leving
“I look forward to a behind-the-scenes tour of visual works at the Art Institute of Chicago by their greatest contemporary artists, such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Afterward, I’ll have dinner with my daughter at the Pump Room at Public Chicago, where I [also] had dinner with President Obama.” —Jeffrey M. Leving, founder and head attorney of The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.
“I’m looking forward to the opening night of War Paint at the Goodman Theatre, attending my nephew’s engagement party in Philly, and two weddings. [I am also going to] Lake Como in August and Puerto Rico in September.” —Lester Coney, vice president Mesirow Financial