The days are getting longer, the sun is shining, and summer is here! At Peerless-AV, we’re excited to get out there in our hometown of Chicago and make the most of this warm weather. If you feel the same, check out our list of the top 10 hot spots to visit this summer, keeping in mind that not every day will be sunny:

1. Navy Pier

Navy Pier is Chicago’s number one tourist attraction, with nearly nine million visitors annually. Stretching 3,300-foot-long, the pier contains fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions, and exhibition facilities.

To celebrate the pier’s recent 100th anniversary, Navy Pier has been working to revamp its space. The renovation included incorporating new attractions and entertainment, as well as digital signage provided by Peerless-AV (more on that coming soon!). As one of the most visited attractions in the Midwest, Navy Pier is sure to be a fun-filled day floor all.

Navy Pier

(Photo credit: “navypierchicago” Instagram account)

To learn more about visiting Navy Pier, click here.

2. Millennium Park

Located in the heart of Chicago, you’ll find the public town square, Millennium Park. The park offers 25 acres of iconic public art, concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. A great spot to hang out in the warmer months, the park is great for a picnic by the Pritzker Pavilion or to cool off by the park’s Crown Fountain.

Millennium Park

To learn more about visiting Millennium Park, click here.

3. Lincoln Park Zoo

As one of the nation’s oldest zoos, Lincoln Park Zoo is another great destination to visit during your Chicago adventure. Housing over 1,200 animals in more than a dozen exhibits, the zoo is also one of the few free admission zoos in the United States – can’t beat that!

Lincoln Park Zoo

To learn more about visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo, click here.

4. Chicago Food Planet Tours

Looking for a historic, and delicious tour of the city? The Chicago Food Planet Tours will take you through Chicago’s tastiest neighborhoods, serving out architectural, cultural, and historical insight, and of course some of Chicago’s most delicious foods.

Chicago Food Planet Tours

To learn more about the Chicago Food Planet Tours, click here.

5. Bobby’s Bike Hike

Now that you’ve eaten your way through the city, burn off some of that deep-dish pizza and take a bike tour with Bobby’s Bike Hike. Recently voted one of the best bicycling cities in the country, take in the sites on wheels!

Bobby’s Bike Hike

To learn more about Bobby’s Bike Hike, click here.

6. Wrigley Field

Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is home to the beloved Chicago Cubs. The iconic field is best known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall, and for being the last major league stadium to have lights installed for play after dark.

In 2014, after winning approval from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, the stadium added six new outfield signs, including two video boards. The stadium also recently installed a 513-square-foot video board in the left field, making it the third major video board in the stadium. Stop over to check out the new digital signage and grab a hotdog at a game this summer!

Wrigley Field

To learn more about visiting Wrigley Field, click here.

And for the rainy days, don’t worry! We have you covered with the remaining indoor attractions.

7. The Field Museum of Natural History

Check out one of the largest natural history museums in the world, The Field Museum. With a variety of diverse exhibits, you can experience ancient Egypt, take a look at the mammals of Asia and Africa, or learn about the evolution of the Earth spanning over 4 billion years – the museum is a great spot for all ages.

The Field Museum of Natural History

To learn more about visiting The Field Museum, click here.

8. Shedd Aquarium

Plan a visit to the Shedd Aquarium to see exotic, aquatic creatures from around the world. One of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, it contains over 8,000 animals within 8 exhibits. And if the fish don’t do the trick, hang around for “Jazzin’ at The Shedd,” where the exhibit houses local jazz musicians playing variations from bebop to funk.

Shedd Aquarium

To learn more about visiting the Shedd Aquarium, click here.

9. Adler Planetarium

Enjoying Chicago, but bored with the happenings on this planet? Take a ride over to the Adler Planetarium, the U.S.’s first planetarium! With a collection of shows, exhibits, and events, you can spend the day as a space explorer.

Adler Planetarium

To learn more about visiting the Adler Planetarium, click here

10. KOVAL Distillery

Lastly, after all of your exploring and learning about the great city of Chicago, take a load off at the KOVAL Distillery. Chicago’s first distillery since Prohibition, KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs, and specialty spirits. Take a tour, class, or workshop and enjoy these organic spirits, distilled from scratch.

KOVAL Distillery

To learn more about visiting the KOVAL Distillery, click here.


Happy Summer Solstice on behalf of Peerless-AV!

Have we missed anything you must explore in Chicago? Let us know!