FUN + FREE: Our Summer Bucket List Ideas

Our city is flat out amazing... there is no doubt about it.
So let’s explore it and all of its glory this summer while the sun is shining and our kiddos are itching for some outdoor fun!

We have listed out our top 20 Chicago summer bucket list ideas below:

  1. Try a new food at a local farmer’s market… Green City Market is one of our favorites!

  2. Pack a picnic + make a HUGE sand castle at one of our many beaches

  3. Take the train downtown to the big Maggie Daley Park

  4. Make homemade popsicles (idea recipe found HERE)

  5. If you have a projector + outdoor wall = outdoor movie night!

  6. Check out the big splash pad at Gallagher Way Park (next to Wrigley + get yourself some Jeni’s Ice Cream after!)

  7. Go to your nearest “Movie in the Park” hosted by the Chicago Park Districts

  8. Take a picture(s) in front of one of the MANY mural walls around Chicago

  9. Make a scavenger hunt for the Lincoln Park Zoo

  10. Go hiking along the family-friendly trails of Starved Rock State Park (in Utica, IL about a 2.5 hour drive) southwest)

  11. Travel to Lisle, IL to visit their Sensory Garden Playground - check out their website for storytime, play dates, and other events!

  12. Plant an herb garden as a family (mom + dad, we know you want some mint for summer mojitos…)

  13. Fly a kite at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Kite Festival on August 10th-11th

  14. Check out Merchandise Mart’s Art on TheMart- the world’s largest digital art projection

  15. Get your wiggles out with the Old Town School of Folk’s Wiggleworms at Gallagher Way (then stay for the splash pad)

  16. Download the Geocaching app and experience the world’s largest treasure hunt as a family

  17. Do crafts outside - finger paints, chalk, homemade slime… you name it!

  18. Attend one of the Millennium Park summer workout events while the kiddos play

  19. Listen to free jazz during Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art

  20. Find ALL of the Wizard of Oz characters at Oz Park

  21. BONUS: Visit us at Roots Family Chiropractic if you aren’t already! :)