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What’s the best part about being in Chicago during the summer?

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From music festivals to outdoor movies, Chicago really comes alive during the summer months

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After a relatively mild winter and a cool spring, summer is quickly approaching. Weather reports show that temperatures will hit and stay above 80 degrees in Chicago throughout the coming weekend—which is good news for those looking to attend this year’s Do Division Street Fest in West Town.

But there’s still so much yet to come. There are many more music festivals on the way, there’s summer fireworks, movies at Millennium Park, and of course, drinks on rooftop bars. And in the last few years, the city has added to its already incredible inventory of outdoor offerings by completing the Chicago Riverwalk extension and delivering the popular (and equally controversial) 606 trail. An improved Chicago Lakefront Trail is currently in the works and will make running and bicycling on the busy trail more enjoyable.

Beyond downtown events, Chicago people are also keen on spending time outdoors in their communities and homes. Sometimes a casual afternoon grilling with friends or hanging out on the front steps with a beer beats the crowds of music festivals. But of course, catching a ball game at Wrigley Field or Sox Park is also a mandatory summer activity for many Chicagoans.

There’s really no single way to do summer in Chicago right. What do you look forward to the most? What’s the best part about being in Chicago during the summer months?