5 Things to do in Chicago July 2021

Everyone knows that nothing beats Chicago summers. As things open up, we listed our top 5 things to do this month, including limited-time exhibits, fun summer activities, and the newest the city has to offer.

Chateau Carbide

Photo Credit: The Pendry Hotel

Rooftop Bar @ the Pendry Hotel

230 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

Open Friday – Sunday

Make a reservation

Who doesn’t love incredible views of Chicago from a historic building? This July, we recommend for you to experience one of Chicago’s newest rooftops, Chateau Carbide, located on Michigan Ave. between Lake & Wacker.


Boat Cruise

Photo: Mercury Cruises

Photo Credit: Mercury Cruises

Chicago has so many great boat cruise options! It’s a fun, relaxing way to enjoy the water and the best Chicago summers have to offer.

Here are a few suggestions:

Anita Dee Yacht Charters

Chicago Architecture Tour

Chicago’s First Lady

Chicago Lakefront Cruises

City Cruises (Navy Pier)

Mercury River Cruise

Shoreline Sightseeing

Wendella Boats


Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Photo Credit: Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

Running through September 6, 2021

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Head north, just outside of Chicago for this immersive exhibit featuring 26 original pieces of one of the most important painters of the 20th century. The work of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is an experience that reflects both the culture of her native Mexico and the contemporary artistic trends of her time.


Obama Portraits

Photo Credit: artinstitute.edu

Art Institute

111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

Running through August 15, 2021

Get Tickets

Organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Chicago is the first stop on a five-city tour for the official portraits of former president and first lady. Not only do the portraits feature history-making subjects but they were made by groundbreaking artists. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald are the first African Americans to be commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create official portraits of a president or first lady.

After August 15th, the portraits will travel on to the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Teatro Zinzanni

Photo Credit: Teatro Zinzanni

Cambria Hotel

32 W. Randolph St, Theatre District

Starts July 8, 2021

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The joy of live theater performances has been greatly missed during quarantine, and while the rest of Chicago Broadway is getting ready for 2022 performances, Teatro Zinzanni offers an exciting opportunity to enjoy live dinner theater now. This immersive experience features cirque, comedy, cabaret, and live music.

The space can accommodate up to 330, with great options for groups of 10 or more.


Have an exciting event you think should be our next Top 5 of the month?
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