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5 of the Best Spots to Cool Off in Chicago

It’s been a hot summer, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to cool down any time soon. Even with the rising temperatures, there are still plenty of unique ways to enjoy the city and stay cool. Chicago has a plethora of attractions to offer in the summer, whether you’re on a vacation or you’re a local. Families and independent travelers can all find a fun way to spend the hot months safely and still have an entertaining day in the city. Here are some of the best spots to cool off in Chicago this summer.

Kayak on the Chicago River

Sometimes, when the sun is beating down, nothing sounds better than a day out on the water. One of the best ways to stay cool is by taking a ride on the Chicago River. Many people enjoy kayaking on the Chicago River, which allows you to simultaneously sightsee as well as cool off. You’ll pass under iconic bridges, take a tour of the historic architecture, or even watch Chicago’s famous Air and Water Show. If you’ve never been kayaking before, some kayak companies offer classes to help you get started in addition to offering rentals. Kayaking provides a way for people to experience the Chicago River in a unique way.

Dip your feet in Crown Fountain

Sometimes heat strikes while you are out and about in the midst of the skyscrapers. When cooling down is a priority, there are options right in the heart of the city for a quick break. Crown Fountain is not only an art exhibit, but also a splash pad. In Millennium Park, the giant faces stand on either end of a reflecting pool, where they create a fountain of water that spills onto the ground. The faces were curated from local Chicago residents’ photos, which are on display year-round. This iconic location is a must see even if you don’t want to get wet.

Explore Mary Bartelme Park

This beautiful park in the West Loop is perfect for summer days. It has a dog friendly area, a garden, and a playground. Most importantly, there is a metal sculpture which mists visitors as they pass underneath. The beautiful landscape of the park ensures for an enjoyable afternoon, and the mist will keep you cool while you explore.

Enjoy Ohio Street Beach

Chicago has plenty of beaches and waterfront areas on Lake Michigan for you to pick from for a beach day. This Chicago gem offers long stretches of water and skyline views. The sand is clean and the water is ice cold, perfect for scorching days. This beach is also near Milton Lee Olive Park, which offers an abundance of shade trees for when you need a break from the sun. There are even spots nearby to grab a tropical cocktail if you get thirsty and need a cold drink.

Taste Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

One of the sweetest ways to cool off in Chicago is by experiencing its premium ice cream. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is praised as one of the best in the city, with various locations to visit. Jeni’s offers 27 different flavors of ice cream, including Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Skillet Cinnamon Roll, and Middle West Whiskey & Pecans. They also offer additional dairy free flavors and limited edition flavors. The ice cream is bright and creamy, excellent for a day in the sun.

Planning your trip

No matter how you choose to cool off this summer, you’re bound to have a memorable time in Chicago. Don’t let the sun stop you from experiencing the extraordinary city. If you’re looking for a hotel that’s equally extraordinary, consider booking at a boutique hotel like Hotel EMC2, located right in the heart of Chicago.

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