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3 Insanely Fun Things To Do Outside In Chicago Now

Alyssa Atkinson

Safe and fun activities you can check out right now.

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Chicago may be very cold in the winter, but as the spring and summer months approach, it is the perfect time to start getting outside and enjoying the warm weather to come. Chicago is known for their huge bean which shines in the light and has a reflective property.

However, they have far more to offer than just a giant bean. There are a number of great places to visit outside in Chicago, and they are areas that you can go while staying socially distanced and safely away from others.

Whether you are an adventurer, exercise fanatic, photographer, or just looking to try in some of the activities that Chicago has to offer, there is something for everyone in the windy city.

In this article, I am going to discuss three fun things to do outside in Chicago that many people suggest are some of the best places to explore. So, let's go ahead and dive right into this article.

1. Head to ChiTown movies.

I don't know about you guys, but one thing I have really missed is going to the movies. Fortunately, you can still do so safely by heading to a drive-in movie theater. Honestly, drive-in movie theaters are incredibly fun because you get to stay in the comfort of your own car, relax, and just enjoy the movie without distractions. You can even bring your own movie snacks.

If you are in Chicago, you are in luck, because ChiTown movies offers the drive-in movie experience right now. In fact,

"One positive byproduct of the pandemic has been the re-emerge of the drive-in movie, with drive-in flicks still being shown on a regular basis at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen."

The other awesome thing about drive-in movies is that you get to stay safely away from others and social distanced. You are in your own little bubble in your car, which makes the experience better overall. Rather than sitting next to someone in a physical movie theater, you have your own space.

2. Check out the Garfield Park Conservatory.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is a botanical garden posting all kinds of beautiful plants and flowers. When the weather is nice, you can stroll right through and see all of the lovely flowers.

The conservatory is a famous Chicago landmark with a deep history. Their website states that:

"The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies two acres of public greenhouse space and 10 acres of outdoor gardens. Garfield Park Conservatory is located in Garfield Park — an 184-acre site located on Chicago’s redeveloping Westside."

The outdoor areas of the Garfield Park Conservatory are perfect for strolling through on a warm spring or summer day. With beautiful views and a ton of different plants to admire, you will have plenty to do and see. The vast space spans 10 acres (for just the outdoor garden area), and it is a popular spot for people to visit. If you are someone who loves nature, this spot might be worth looking into.

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3. Head to this local trail.

Well some of the parks and attractions have closed down in Chicago, there are others that remain open where you can stay socially distance from others in the great outdoors. The Chicago Lakefront Trail is one such place, and Chicago in general has more nature trails and experiences than you might think. In fact,

"The Chicago Lakefront Trail remains open, but it’s not the only place to get some fresh air in the city. Did you know the entire Chicago metro area is surrounded by a 210-mile nature trail complete with Cook County Forest Preserve campsites and lakes? How about a 2.7-mile urban hiking trail along a former railway corridor?"

Whether you want to hike, camp, walk around and enjoy the beautiful nature views, or just get outside for some fresh air, checking out a local Chicago trail or park that remains open could be just the outdoor activity you need to have some serious fun while staying safe.

Final Thoughts

While Chicago may have chilly winters, that doesn't mean they don't have a lots of fun activities to do in the spring and summer outside.

You can check out the parks, the drive-in theaters, take a stroll through the open nature spaces, or hike one of the beautiful trails. Chicago is a great place to just get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. Overall, it is an exciting city with a lot to do if you know where to look.

So, what are you waiting for. Do some research, figure out which outdoor places are right for you, and start enjoying the spring and summer weather that is quickly moving in.

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