How You Can Enjoy This Summer-Like Day in Chicago – NBC Chicago

Chicagoans are feeling the summer sparks are back as sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures fill the city this Saturday.

From rooftop bars and outdoor yoga to Chicago Bulls playoffs and blooming flower conservatories, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a weekend indoors and out.

Here are some things to do in and around Chicago:

Sip cocktails from the roof

Bar Avec

The open-air bar offers a Spanish and Portuguese-inspired menu and offers views of the eighth floor of Avec River North. Cocktails, wines and beers are some of the venue’s range of drinks.

Reservations can be made here.

Cherry red

Find Cerise’s indoor and outdoor rooftop space on the 26th floor of the Virgin Hotel for cocktails, food creations and a selection of music. The Loop’s contemporary restaurant serves savoury beverages with city views.

Reservations can be made here.


Cindy’s Rooftop Bar, located on the top floor of the Chicago Ring City Athletic Association Hotel, serves drinks and American cuisine with stunning views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.

Reservations can be made here.

Kennedy Roof

Signature cocktails and presidential cocktails like Abe Lincoln with gin, cucumber, mint and fresh lime shape Wicker Park’s rooftop bar. The urban space also provides panoramic views of the city.

Reservations can be made here.


A full-service bar, world-class kitchen and entertainment area help Offshore become one of the largest rooftop bars in the city at 36,000 square feet. The All Seasons Bar is located on the third floor of the Navy Pier Festival Hall, overlooking the Chicago skyline and lake.

Reservations can be made here.


In addition to American tapas, Raised also offers a seasonal cocktail program and urban-brewed drafts. The lounge is located on the third floor of the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.

The restaurant does not accept reservations.


The South Loop restaurant is hosting a bottomless mimosa brunch on its rooftop this weekend. Enjoy specials on drinks and Peruvian plates on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm.

Reservations can be made here.

Utopian tailgate

The year-round rooftop deck sits atop the Second City Comedy Club in Old Town. Tailgate-themed drinks and food, colorful furniture and fresh greenery fill the 10,000-square-foot space.

Reservations can be made here.

Vu Rooftop Bar

Unique handcrafted cocktails are Vu’s hallmark. The 13,000-square-foot bar is located on the 22nd floor of the McCormick Center and offers attractions including land and lake.

Reservations can be made here.

Z bars

The Peninsula’s rooftop lounge offers not only stunning views of the Magnificent Mile, but also a wide range of globally-inspired drinks and snacks.

Reservations can be made here.

Catch the Bulls vs. Bucks NBA Playoffs

The Bulls entered their best-of-seven game as underdogs against the defending national champs, but the Milwaukee Bucks went 2-1 on Friday night with Game 4 coming this week. Six at the United Center.

The Bulls trailed by as many as 37 points on Friday as the 111-81 finals marked the biggest home playoff loss in franchise history.

Saturday’s game will be one of Chicago’s first playoff matchups in five years.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Soak up the sun with rooftop yoga

Event venue Morgan’s on Fulton is partnering with sports brand Lululemon to host morning yoga and brunch sessions with views of the city skyline.

The “Group Breathing” experience will feature a 60-minute vinyasa yoga session followed by an after-meal recharging session. Fruit, grilled vegetable egg white frittata, turkey sausage, mimosas and more will be on the brunch menu.

Go to “Bridgetton” Ballroom Dance

Ton’s esteemed members were invited to an evening in Chicago. The Queen’s Ball: The Bridgetown Experience turns the city’s “secret” venue into Regency-era London for fans of Netflix’s global hit.

The pop-up, which debuted on Wednesday, features immersive décor and apparel, Instagram-ready floral curtains, towering powder wigs and a cast of royal extras for guests over 21 to enjoy.

Organisers also plan to have the live string quartet perform iconic pieces from the show, including a rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams.”

The immersive extravaganza will last 90 minutes. Tickets can be purchased here.

Listen to Lord’s Concert

New Zealand artist Lorde will light up another night at the Chicago Theatre.

The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter will sing her new album “Solar Power” Saturday following an exhilarating Friday concert. Her previous records include “Melodrama” and “Pure Heroine”.

Tickets can be purchased here.

View art on theMart

Art on theMart runs spring programming nightly at 8:30 and 9:00.

The art installation will present a 30-minute video projection on June 29 at the Merchandise Mart on the 25th floor.

Climate change is at the center of this year’s theme, presented in partnership with Shedd Aquarium.

The Chicago River Walk, especially the section between Wells Street and Franklin Street, offers the best views of the show. For more information on the show, click here.

View a variety of flower greenhouses

While April showers brought May blooms, two Chicago greenhouses showed blooms earlier.

The Garfield Park Conservatory’s spring flower show, “Knock Knock,” features a series of vintage doors suspended above an arrangement of tulips, hydrangea, daffodils and hyacinths. According to the site, expect plenty of knock-knock jokes. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Spring Flower Show at Linkin Park Conservatory, Spring Columns, showcases more than a dozen individual columns covered in geraniums, nemesias, snapdragons, fuchsias and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Visit an immersive exhibit

“Immersive Frida Kahlo” opens on February 24 near Chicago’s Old Town and showcases several stages of the Mexican-born artist’s life on a grander scale, as her artwork is set Animated projection for music.

Visitors can also book a 35-minute yoga session with a certified instructor at the multisensory Kahlo exhibit. After class, guests can take a 25-minute stroll through the exhibit.

The experience will be open until May 28. Tickets can be purchased here.


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