After a recording-setting frigid winter and an especially soggy spring, Chicagoans are eager to get outside as beautiful weather finally returns. If you’re looking to host a group outing, the city has no shortage of private patios or rooftop bars. But there are plenty of other places outside that don’t cost a whole lot, and can be just as fun.
Sure, it’s hard to go wrong with any of Chicago’s excellent public parks and beaches, but there are a number of activity-driven spots—such as concert venues, zoos, and plazas—that can take your gathering to the next level without breaking the bank.
Check out these affordable options and start planning your own Chicago summer get-together. Take note that most city parks and county forest preserves require permits for big groups, so you’ll want to book well in advance.
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