Talk of The Town: August 2019
Don’t miss out on summer in the city. This month we’re exploring one of Chicago’s most famous locations—the lakefront! Learn more about some of the most popular traditions, locales, and more, all centered along the iconic shores of Lake Michigan.
Dinner And A View
These popular dining options are guaranteed to have one of the best lake views in the city.
- Waterfront Café
An urban oasis in the heart of Edgewater, this casual eatery offers light fare and live music with a lakefront stage. And it’s historic to boot, housed in a landmark coach house attached to one of the few remaining mansions that once lined Chicago’s lakefront. 6219 N Sheridan Rd
- The Dock at Montrose Beach
More than just a getaway from the summer sun, the Dock at Montrose Beach offers tasty bites and cocktails—they’re even a hub for late-night luaus all summer long! 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr
- The Lakefront
An upscale tavern, this full-service restaurant offers Midwestern fare and breathtaking views. Focused on the freshest ingredients and innovative preparations, the Lakefront offers an elevated dining experience you’ll never forget. 2401 N Lake Shore Dr
- Castaways Bar and Grill
One of the city’s most popular lakefront destinations, Castaways offers a variety of tasty treats—including an ice cream café—making this the ideal spot for beachside relaxation. 1603 N Lake Shore Dr
The nation’s largest rooftop deck, this amazing 36,000 square foot bar sits atop Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Take in panoramic views of the lake and skyline while enjoying a chef-driven meal at this chic all-weather locale. 1000 E Grand Ave
- Pier 31
This family-friendly spot at the 31st Street Beach is the perfect place to grab
an icy cold drink. With an expansive deck overlooking the lake, this casual
spot is minutes from the Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and so much more. 3101 S Lake Shore Dr
- Lake Shore Café
A Hyde Park hotspot, the Lake Shore Café is known for its Friday night seafood buffet, complete with live jazz. Packing in customers since it opened, this South Side institution offers some of the city’s best homestyle food. 4900 S Lake Shore Dr
- Parrot Cage
Prepared by Washburn Culinary Institute students, each meal at this popular South Shore eatery promises to impress. Located inside the historic South Shore Cultural Center, the modern American cuisine of the Parrot Cage isn’t your typical beachfront dining. 7059 S South Shore Dr
Celebrating 60 Years of The Chicago Air & Water Show
The Chicago Air and Water Show is an iconic summertime event drawing more than 2 million people to the lakefront every year. Get to know a bit more about this truly one-of-a-kind event.
The largest and oldest free admission show of its kind in the United States, the Air and Water Show began in 1959. Originally produced for $88 as a part of a Chicago Park District family day activity, the show has grown into a full-fledged summer tradition for Chicagoland families.
Many of the amazing performers, ranging from military to civilian teams, come from across the country to showcase stunning aerial feats. From Coast Guard Air-Sea Rescue demonstrations to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Golden Knights Parachute Team, each stunt is performed over the water in a set safety area. Fourteen federal, state, and city agencies work together each year to put on this annual show.
The voice of the show, Herb Hunter, used to fly in the show prior to becoming the announcer over 20 years ago. As a former pilot, Herb keeps the audience informed and entertained. In fact, he’s become a household name among both local fans and the industry nationwide.
Don’t miss this year’s Chicago Air and Water Show, which takes place August 17–18 at North Avenue Beach. Find the best viewing spot and learn more about the show at choosechicago.com or chicago.gov.
Set A Course For Summer Fun!
Whether you’re floating along the lake or taking a BYOB cruise down the river in a unique watercraft, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest cruises and boat trips in the city.
- Go Green
If you’re looking for a truly unique way to have a memorable summer day, check out the Chicago Electric Boat Company. Perfect for all ages, these easy-to-drive boats give you a chance to get behind the wheel for yourself. Fully electric, each zero-emissions boat is an eco-friendly way to explore the Chicago River. chicagoelectricboats.com
- Go on an Adventure
Seating 14 to 16 people, Chicago Cycleboats is the perfect river-based adventure. Rent the entire boat or jump on with some new friends for an active way to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Bike at your own pace, take in the views, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind take on boating. chicagocycleboats.com
- New Point of View
Departing from the lakefront every Saturday and Wednesday, Mercury’s 3D Fireworks Cruise is a stunning change of scenery, allowing you to see the skyline and Navy Pier’s fireworks display from a whole new vantage point. Put on your complimentary 3D glasses while enjoying a lively musical soundtrack as you take in this unbeatable view. mercurycruises.com
- Get Paddling
Founded by two native Chicagoans, Urban Kayaks is an out-of-the-box way to experience Chicago’s extensive river waterways. Offering a wide range of options from both their Riverwalk and Monroe Harbor locations, these amazing tours can be catered to people of every skill level. urbankayaks.com