As Chicago continues to reopen, the city is returning to its reinvigorating state of activity. While residents and visitors alike have always flocked to the streets of the city to immerse themselves in Chicago’s culture, this summer is going to be one for the history books. The Open Chicago initiative that was announced in late April 2021 includes plans to revamp outdoor programming, loosen capacity guidelines for restaurants, increase attendance at spectator events, and even allow some major festivals, like Windy City Smokeout, to operate. With plans to fully reopen Chicago by July 4, 2021, there’s never been a better time to get out and enjoy all that the city has to offer. Regardless of if you’re in the middle of downtown or in one of the beautiful neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area, here’s how to spend a weekend during Chicago’s reopening and beyond.
1. Attend a Special Museum Exhibit
Chicago is a city filled with culture and home to some of the best museums in the country. As museums continue to reopen safely and responsibly, more exhibits will be unveiled. This year, some of the most popular exhibits coming to Chicago include the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, The Obama Portraits, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo: Timeless, Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, and more.
If you plan to attend multiple museums over the course of your stay, Amli 900 is perfectly located with proximity to the Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and Field Museum.
2. Get Active in the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
For those looking to take their unique Chicago experience to another level, participate in a 35-minute yoga class located inside of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. The classes are led by CorePower Yoga prior to the opening of general admission. After your class, you’re free to explore the exhibit.
3. Find Your New Favorite Gastropub
Chicago is home to some of the best gastropubs in the country with new locations and menus every day. The ever-changing dining experience means that you’ll never get bored, regardless of how many new places you try. Spend your time in Chicago exploring the food scene and finding your new favorite spot. While there were a few restaurants that unfortunately closed during the pandemic, new restaurants are beginning to make their debut. For the ultimate food experience, stay in corporate housing suites like the Catalyst in West Loop—Chicago’s top gastronomic neighborhood.
4. Stroll Around Millennium Park
You can’t visit Chicago without stopping by Millennium Park and taking a selfie at The Bean. Yet Millennium Park has a lot more to offer than the giant shiny sculpture. Spend some time walking around the many parks and gardens and checking out the historic sculptures and statues. It makes for a wonderful summer day in the city. In fact, many people end up loving the area so much that they opt to stay nearby so they can visit every day. If you find yourself drawn to the Millennium Park area, 73 East Lake is the perfect temporary corporate housing location for you.
5. Shop Along The Magnificent Mile
While many stores have been closed for the past year, they’re finally reopening their doors and inviting shoppers inside. Regardless of if you’re ready to spend some money or just enjoy the hustle and bustle of one of Chicago’s busiest streets, The Magnificent Mile is an experience you can’t miss. The list of stores reopening continues to grow and soon it’ll be back to its former glory. For those looking to be immersed in shopping and ongoing activity, State & Chestnut is a great option for housing.
6. Return to Navy Pier
Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most famous attractions and it has finally reopened. You can sit back and enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants, take a ride on the Centennial Wheel, or even enjoy a cruise or boat tour for a unique view of the city and some interesting history. While there are restrictions in place, Navy Pier gets closer to fully reopening every day.
7. Find a Great Pop-Up Bar
Chicago is home to some of the greatest bars and pubs in the country. As they begin to reopen with higher capacity, many are celebrating the return with themed pop-up experiences. Some of the common themes this summer include Back to the Office, The FRIENDS™ Experience, and more. Keep your eyes out for these events and make sure that you buy your tickets in advance. While capacity limits are loosening, people are going out for the first time in over a year and bars are sure to reach capacity.
8. Watch the Sunset from a Rooftop Bar
There’s nothing quite like watching a sunset against one of the best skylines in the world. On the weekend, head to one of the many Chicago rooftop bars to enjoy the tranquility and watch the sun set over the city. Many famous rooftop bars are reopening and allowing standing room, giving more people an opportunity to experience the beauty of Chicago. If you can’t get enough of beautiful rooftop bars and restaurants, consider staying at Hubbard Place in River North or Mila Luxury Apartments. These corporate housing complexes offer a luxury rooftop sundeck so you can enjoy the view anytime you want.
9. Bury Your Toes in the Sand
This summer, you’ll be able to return to the beaches of Chicago to simply relax and soak in the sun. Since last year you had to be moving and wearing a mask, these lifted restrictions are sure to draw attention. Explore some of the best beaches in Chicago then head to one of the infamous beach bars to relax on your day off.
10. Catch an Outdoor Concert
Concerts and outdoor events are finally making their return to Chicago. While there will be certain restrictions for ticketed events, it’s worth the extra effort. Catch a show at Ravinia or see who’s playing at the Highland Park stage. While the schedule is still up in the air, just the act of seeing live music is enough to make the night special. There are also several music festivals returning such as Windy City Smokeout and Riot Fest if you’re looking for more of a large-scale event.
Whether you’re a full time resident or staying in temporary corporate housing in Chicago, there’s plenty of options to fill your schedule. If you’re planning your move to Chicago, be sure to find a neighborhood you love that provides convenient access to your favorite experiences. Corporate Suites Network has a variety of properties spread throughout the different neighborhoods in Chicago. Our prime locations and luxury amenities provide our residents with everything they need so they can truly take advantage of their spare time without causing disruptions to their work. To learn more about our property locations, or to request more information about Corporate Suites Network’s properties, call or email us today.