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4 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in Downtown Chicago


Are you ready for a Chicago summer – though perhaps not excited about the heat that comes with it? Before you hunker down here at 8 East Huron, we’ve got some ideas that will help you enjoy the summer season to the fullest.

Here are a few suggestions for things to do in downtown Chicago to beat the heat:

Check Out the Art Institute of Chicago

How about a little culture…and some AC? Keep cool by strolling through the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the entire world. Travel through time and see their Egyptian, Kabuki, and Byzantine exhibits. You can explore their magazine, sculpture, and photography exhibits as well. It’s a great way to learn something, enjoy beautiful things to see, and beat the Chicago heat!

Spend an Evening on the Chicago River Walk

Here, you’ll find 1.25 miles of walkway right along the Chicago River. Enjoy the sculptures, banners, and murals. Drop by Beat Kitchen for dinner and grab dessert at Sweet Home Gelato. And be sure to check out the summer season’s light shows at Art on theMART.

Visit a Secret Garden Right in the Middle of Downtown

Nothing will distract you from the heat like wandering through Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden. It was created to be an oasis in the middle of the city, allowing Chicagoans to enjoy a little peek of nature in the urban sea. In the summer, you’ll find it filled with birds and butterflies. Check out the 15-foot high “shoulder hedge,” made in honor of Carl Sandburg’s description of Chicago as the “City of Big Shoulders.” There’s also a perennial garden and a beautiful hardwood footbridge.

Enjoy the Sights of Summer with a Bird’s Eye View of the Windy City

Don’t leave the Skydeck and its favorite feature, The Ledge, to the tourists! Head over there yourself. Enjoy a little climate control and the best views you’ll find anywhere in the city. This building is the second tallest in the western hemisphere, giving visitors a view of four states and Lake Michigan. And you absolutely must step out onto The Ledge, the highest observation deck in the country with clear views in every direction – even below your feet.

No need to worry about staying cool this summer. We’ve got you covered. Be sure to follow the 8 East Huron blog for more tips and life hacks.


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