Searching for what to do in Chicago this June? Here are the best things to do in Chicago in June 2022 (from a local) – from fun outdoor activities and events to the best attractions.
For out of town visitors, please note that the weather in Chicago in June is usually warm but the weather can be unpredictable and temperatures can vary greatly from day to day or even hour to hour. Be prepared for both summer and spring temperatures as well as rain. Make sure to pack a travel umbrella, layers and check the weather right before your visit to know what to expect.
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Things to Do in Chicago in June 2022
- Things to Do in Chicago in June 2022
- Take an Architecture River Cruise
- Take a Lake Cruise
- Watch Free Fireworks at Night
- Hang Out on the Riverwalk
- See Digital Art Projections at Art on the Mart
- Go Kayaking in the River
- Prince: The Immersive Experience
- Attend the The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience
- Listen to Concerts Under The Stars
- Attend a Candlelight Concert
- Enjoy Free Music Concerts at Millennium Park
- Take Photos at The Bean
- Experience the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
- Experience Immersive Monet & The Impressionists
- Experience Frida: Immersive Dream
- Have Fun at Navy Pier
- See Buckingham Fountain
- Hang Out at the Beach
- Explore the Lakefront
- Look for Street Art
- Watch a Baseball Game
- Museum of Contemporary Art Tuesdays on the Terrace
- Visit Local Farmers Markets in Chicago
- Visit Lincoln Park
- Walk The 606
- Eat or Drink on a Rooftop
- Chicago June 2022 Events
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Take an Architecture River Cruise
Chicago has amazing architecture and the best way enjoy it is joining an architecture river cruise.
Take a Lake Cruise
If you enjoy being on the water, a lake cruise is a fun activity whether in the day, around sunset and in the evening. While you don’t get to see the buildings up close like on a architecture river cruise, you do get to enjoy skyline views and a refreshing cool lake breeze.
If your time is short, you can do a combination river and lake cruise. Lake cruises depart from Navy Pier or the Michigan Avenue bridge.
Watch Free Fireworks at Night
While you can watch the fireworks show from Navy Pier, you can also watch the show from various spots along the Lakefront.
Another great option for watching the fireworks is a lake or river cruise which will stop on the water for passengers to enjoy the show.
Hang Out on the Riverwalk
The Chicago Riverwalk is one of the best spots in Chicago for boat and people watching. There are also restaurants, bars, shops and spots to sit and relax along the way. You can also hop on a water taxi here.
Where: Along the south bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago from Lake Michigan to west of Franklin Street. You can see a map of attractions on the Riverwalk here.
Hours: Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
See Digital Art Projections at Art on the Mart
Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5-acre river-façade of theMART.
When: Twice nightly at 9 and 9:30 pm.
Where: The Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654. Spectators can watch the show from the jetty section of the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street.
Go Kayaking in the River
Please note that you will get a little wet so bring a waterproof case for your phone and water-resistant or quick-drying clothing.
Prince: The Immersive Experience
Celebrating the Artist known as Prince, by visiting Prince: The Immersive Experience, an interactive, multisensory experience. Tour 10 immersive spaces and explore his life, revolution, and talent as you step inside the iconic Purple Rain album cover and an audiovisual dance party designed by Prince’s lighting and production designer. Explore exclusive artifacts curated by The Prince Estate and play music producer with the original sessions from one of Prince’s greatest hits in Studio A. This limited-time run is perfect for Prince fans and music lovers alike. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale now.
Where: 540 N. Michigan Avenue (on the Mag Mile)
When: Opens June 9, 2022
Cost: General admission starts at $39.50 per person. Click here for full prices and to purchase tickets in advance.
Attend the The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience
The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience is an immersive Regency-era ball with period costumes and stunning decor. Enjoy music inspired by the Bridgerton soundtrack and be captivated by the performances around you in this 90 minute interactive experience.
When: Ends June 19, 2022 (various dates and times)
Where: XS Tennis and Education Foundation, 5336 S State St, Chicago, IL, 60609
Cost: Tickets start at $49 per person for general admission. Click here for full prices and to purchase tickets in advance.
Listen to Concerts Under The Stars
Enjoy classical music concerts on a rooftop or a beautiful garden oasis. Concerts Under The Stars scheduled for June include:
Attend a Candlelight Concert
If you prefer indoor concerts, Chicago’s Candlelight Concerts is a series of special classical music concerts that take place in beautiful venues bathed in candlelight. Some of the concerts taking place this June include:
Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift
Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele
Candlelight: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse
Candlelight: Latin Jazz Tribute to Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and More
Candlelight Gospel: “Amazing Grace”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and more
You can find the full list of candlelight concerts in Chicago here.
Enjoy Free Music Concerts at Millennium Park
One of the best things to do in Chicago during a nice summer evening is listening to free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
The annual Grant Park Music Festival is the only free outdoor classical-music concert series in the US. It features the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Grant Park Chorus along with guest performers and conductors. Performances are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting June 15, 2022. You can see the full schedule here.
The Millennium Park Summer Music Series on Mondays and Thursdays starting June 20, 2022 will feature a wide variety of music from established and emerging artists.
Take Photos at The Bean
If you have seen photos of Chicago on social media, chances are you have seen photos of Cloud Gate (also called The Bean), the famous mirrored sculpture in Millennium Park. Millennium Park is a free attraction and is a portion of the Grant Park. In addition to Cloud Gate, Millennium Park also includes the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain sculpture (more below) and Lurie Garden.
Although The Bean is very very touristy, don’t skip it. It is a bucket list attraction and a great photo spot.
Want to join free yoga (and other exercise classes) while also spending time outside? The Millennium Park Summer Workouts program offers free Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes on Saturday mornings at Millennium Park Great Lawn.
Experience the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
From the creators of the blockbuster show at Atelier des Lumières featured in Emily in Paris (one of my favorite travel shows on Netflix), the popular Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is a massive indoor digital presentation of Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork.
Where: Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place, 108 W. Germania Pl, Chicago, IL
Cost: Tickets start at $39.99 plus fees for off peak times. You can see full prices and purchase tickets in advance here.
Experience Immersive Monet & The Impressionists
Immersive Monet & The Impressionists is the latest blockbuster immersive art experience by Massimiliano Siccardi, whose Immersive Van Gogh exhibit sold over 4.5 million tickets in North America. From Monet’s celebrated water lilies to Degas’s graceful dancers and more, step inside living paintings at Immersive Monet & The Impressionists. Tickets are available for purchase and they are selling quickly for June.
When: Opens June 17, 2022
Where: Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place, 108 W. Germania Pl, Chicago, IL
Cost: Tickets start at $29.99 plus fees for off peak times. You can see full prices and purchase tickets in advance here.
Experience Frida: Immersive Dream
From the team behind the popular Immersive Van Gogh, Frida: Immersive Dream, a massive indoor digital presentation of Frida Kahlo’s artwork, is ending its run in July.
Where: Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place, 108 W Germania Place, Chicago
Cost: Timed tickets start at $29.99 plus fees for off peak times. See https://www.immersive-frida.com/chicago/ for full prices and to purchase tickets in advance.
Navy Pier is a must do if you are visiting Chicago with toddlers or kids. There are fun attractions at Navy Pier including a large Ferris wheel (click here to purchase a fast pass ticket and skip the long line), restaurants, shops and the Chicago Children’s Museum.
Make sure to come back or stay for the free fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night.
During the entire month of June, Navy Pier will be home to Pixar Putt, a pop-up, open-air 18-hole mini-golf course featuring characters from Disney and Pixar movies, including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out.
Navy Pier is also the starting point for various sightseeing tours and cruises.
See Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain, a well known Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park, is one of the largest fountains in the world.
When the water is turned on, it produces a major water display for 20 minutes every hour with a center jet shoots water to a height of 150 feet into the air. Beginning at dusk, a spectacular light and music display accompanies the major water display.
Hang Out at the Beach
Most people don’t think of Chicago as a beach destination but Chicago has many beaches on Lake Michigan. The most popular beaches are located downtown (Oak Street and North Avenue) but they are also the busiest.
Explore the Lakefront
Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is a paved path on a 18-mile-long stretch along Lake Michigan. In the summer and especially on weekends, the lakefront is packed with locals and visitors walking, running and riding bikes. Walking or biking all or part of the trail is a great way to enjoy the Chicago skyline, people watch and get some exercise. Here is a map of the trail as well as its access points.
Look for Street Art
Chicago is full of street art and there are always new murals popping up. One of the most famous Chicago murals is “Moose Bubblegum Bubble” (pictured above) by Jacob Watts located at 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive. It is part of the Wabash Arts Corridor which is walking distance to Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago and other tourist attractions.
Watch a Baseball Game
Chicago is known for their love of their sports teams, so if you are visiting in June you might want to attend a baseball game. To those unfamiliar, historic Wrigley Field is home to one of the city’s baseball teams – the Cubs. Whether a fan of the Cubs, baseball in general or just a fun atmosphere, a day at the 100 year old ballpark is a must for locals and tourists alike. You don’t need to enjoy baseball to enjoy a Cubs game – it is fun to just soak in the atmosphere.
You can find their schedule here.
You can also watch the game from Wrigley View Rooftop.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tuesdays on the Terrace
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the popular Tuesdays on the Terrace this summer starting in June. Enjoy free music highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community at at MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden. Light refreshments and a full bar with cold beverages, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase on the upper terrace. Free tickets can be reserved on May 25 at noon.
When: Every Tuesday, starting June 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: Free tickets must be reserved in advance.
Visit Local Farmers Markets in Chicago
You can find many farmers markets around Chicago in June. These markets are a great place to buy healthy, local, farm-fresh foods. Two of the best farmers markets in Chicago include the Green City Market in Lincoln Park and the Logan Square Farmers Market. You can see the list and schedule of all Chicago farmers markets here.
Visit Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park, a large park along the lakefront, is a must see summer attraction.
Lincoln Park has a few great photo spots including the bridge over the South Pond which has a great Chicago skyline view. Another nearby photo spot is the Peoples Gas Education Pavilion (aka the Honeycomb) in the Nature Boardwalk.
The park is home to Lincoln Park Zoo (which offers free admission), the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Walk The 606
The 606 is Chicago’s version of The Highline in NYC, an elevated trail goes through 2.7 miles of the city’s northwest side neighborhoods: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square. It is a bit off the beaten tourist path but it great place to walk, run or bike. There are several access points so you can get off the trail to explore the various neighborhoods.
Eat or Drink on a Rooftop
Chicago has several rooftop bars and restaurants with amazing views of Chicago. Here are some of the best rooftops in Chicago:
Cindy’s (12 S Michigan Ave) – Restaurant and bar on the rooftop of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel located across Millennium Park which offers panoramic instagram worthy views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. This is a popular spot and the wait for the elevator can be long but if you visit around the time it opens you can enjoy the great views without the crowds.
LH ON 22 (85 East Wacker Drive) – Enjoy classic cocktails and small bites from the outdoor LH terrace of LondonHouse Chicago which offers great views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile.
The J. Parker (1816 N Clark St) on the rooftop of the Hotel Lincoln with great views of Lincoln Park.
Chicago June 2022 Events
In addition to the activities mentioned above, other June 2022 events include: Maifest (June 2-5, 2022), Do Division Street Fest (June 3-5, 2022), Lincoln Park Greek Fest (June 3-5, 2022), Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 4, 2022), Windy City Hot Dog Fest (June 4-5, 2022), Chicago Blues Festival (June 9-12, 2022), Puerto Rican Day Festival (June 9-12, 2022), Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 10-12, 2022), Ravenswood On Tap (June 11-12, 2022), Wells Street Art Festival (June 11-12, 2022), Old Town Art Fair (June 11-12, 2022), Chi Soul Fest (June 11-12, 2022), Buena Park PorchFest (June 12, 2022), Taste of Randolph (June 17-19, 2022), The Summer Smash Festival (June 17-19, 2022), Gold Coast Art Fair (June 18-19, 2022) and United States Sail Grand Prix (June 18-19, 2022), Chicago Pride Fest (June 18-19, 2022), Mindful Mixer | Summer Solstice (June 21, 2022), Lincoln Park Zoo’s Adults Night Out: Pride Party (June 23, 2022), Logan Square Arts Festival (June 24-26, 2022), River North Live – A Riverfront Music Festival (June 24-26, 2022), Chinese Dragon Boat Race (June 25, 2022), World Naked Bike Ride (June 25, 2022), Navy Pier Pride (June 25, 2022), Pride in the Park (June 25-26, 2022) and ACTIVATE (June 30, 2022).
As you can see there are many things to do in Chicago in June. If you are looking for more things to do in Chicago in June or the rest of the summer, see my list of the Best Things to do in Chicago in the Summer.
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