Bike along the Lake
According to the city of Chicago's official tourism website, Chicago's more than 50 miles of bike paths and more than 100 miles of bike lanes make the city one of the country's most bicycle friendly. Temperate weather and the breeze off of the lake make July the ideal time to explore the 18-mile path that stretches along the shore of Lake Michigan. Casual riders and serious cyclists alike can take advantage of the paved path that runs from the north part of the city to the south part along the water's edge. Cyclists have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the Hancock Building, the city's skyline, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and Grant Park on their rides.
Paddle the Chicago River
Spend a day on the Chicago River in one of Chicago River Canoe and Kayak's rentable boats. Chicago River Canoe and Kayak offers single kayaks, tandem kayaks and canoes for rent by the hour or by the day in addition to guided trips. Experienced paddlers can head downriver toward the downtown area on their own or as part of the guided Skyscraper Canyon Trip. On this route, paddlers pass by city landmarks like the Sears Tower and the Pagoda in the Park. It is suggested that the less experienced head north on their own or as part of the Moonlight Dinner Paddle so that they may take advantage of the river's current on the return trip. During the month of July, the Chicago Launch located at 3400 N. Rockwell is open seven days a week.
Go Out for a Taste
Those with a love for the outdoors and a taste for fine food are sure to appreciate Taste of Chicago. This ten-day lakefront festival held annually around the Fourth of July weekend showcases some of the city's top chef and restaurants in addition to providing entertainment for guests of all ages. Those looking to add a bit of competition to the festival can participate in the event's Race to the Taste. This annual 5K run follows a course through Grant Park and along the Lakefront and ends at Taste of Chicago.
Article Written By Beth Culp
Based in New Orleans, Beth Culp has been a freelance writer and producer since 2004. She enjoys researching and writing about a variety of topics, including travel and outdoor adventure. Culp holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and sociology from Loyola University New Orleans.