Your Chicago Summer Send Off List

by Amanda on September 17, 2021

Dear friend,

Summer is “technically” over – but that doesn’t mean it’s time for parkas and parking space dibs just yet. In fact, many believe that Autumn is the best season to get out, explore, and try some new activities that you may have overlooked during the busy summer months.

One of the perks of working with so many different clients is that we have the benefit of receiving amazing recommendations from all of you. This month we’ve compiled a quick list of “random awesomeness” to get you out, keep you moving, and enjoying our amazing city.

From hidden hikes and candlelight concerts, to urban kayaking and mystery picnics – we at Chicago Home Partner have you covered. Best of all, these experiences are COVID-friendly and embrace social distancing practices.

Remember that mother nature can turn quickly, so get out while the getting is good!

Be Safe and Be Well,

Your friends at Chicago Home Partner


Wildcat Canyon In Starved Rock State Park

Located only 2 hours west of Chicago, Starved Rock is an incredible spectacle offering over 13 miles of hiking trails, numerous cascading waterfalls, and 18 different canyons. The Wildcat Canyon which offers the largest and most impressive waterfall and canyon combination, especially in the current climate.

Chicago Candlelight Concert Series

Enjoy a host of concerts illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Chicago. From Ella Fitzgerald to Queen, the Candlelight Series has something for everything in amazing settings like Salvage One, The Stan Mansion and Theater on the Lake. Tickets can be purchased online and social distancing is enforced.

The Morton Arboretum’s Human+Nature Exhibit

Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world. Human+Nature is included with timed-entry admission to the Arboretum.

Art on the Mart (Downtown)

Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART. Art on theMART is the latest iconic milestone on Chicago’s visionary trajectory of public art. Visible from the South side of the Chicago Riverwalk, projections are displayed nightly at 9:00 and 9:30PM.

Historic Chicago Kayak Tour

A guided excursion on the Chicago River’s Main Branch to paddle through a spectacular modern urban setting while imagining the city’s early historical locations. Spend 90 minutes paddling the Main Branch of the river, as your lead tour guide stops periodically to tell stories and share detail about Chicago’s rich history. All skill levels are welcome!

Locals Tour: West Town Street Art Walking Tour

Take a locals-lead tour of Chicago’s mile-long street art corridor under a historic train line in Chicago’s Fulton Market meatpacking district. The B_Line is an accessible immersive art experience that began as a quest to resurrect one of Chicago’s most rare displays of public art. Learn more about the artistic heritage of Chicago, and discover unique outdoor venues while chatting with local experts.

Game Night at Kanya Lounge

Looking for a place to unwind and play some ping pong or billiards in a chic space? Maybe you’re looking to step it up a notch and finally see what axe throwing is all about? Maybe… just maybe… you need to blow off some COVID steam just break something? Whatever your fancy, Kanya Lounge has it coupled with an amazing lounge and cocktail area. Just do it.

Spray Paint and Sip at Studio W.I.P.

Looking for a fun and unique way to tap into your creativity? Well, get ready to grab some spray paint and unleash your inner street artist with our urban art workshop. This interactive Chicago spray paint workshop will allow you the opportunity to create your very own original piece. Plus you’ll get aquatinted with the ins and outs of working with spray paint and stencil application

Mystery Picnic Date – Lincoln Park

Brimming with charming eateries and interesting boutiques, Lincoln Park is a perfect neighborhood to spend the day exploring! Start by solving personally curated clues and riddles that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit. Each clue you solve will lead you closer to your next picnic food pickup and even closer to your final stunning picnic location.

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