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Aug/Sep 2012 Issue
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What to Pack
August in Chicago can get warm, with an average high temperature of 83°. September starts to cool, with an average high of 76°. Youll be doing a lot of walking around town, so dont forget comfortable walking shoes. In August, bring a sun hat and swimsuit for the shores of Lake Michigan. Since museums and restaurants are air conditioned, pack a light sweater or shawl. In September, the weather is usually pleasant, but it can cool down, especially toward the end of the month. A light jacket is a must. Weather in Chicago can change quickly, proving the old adage, If you dont like the weather, wait a minute. If youre visiting during the colder monthsin Chicago, thats any time from November to Marchbring a warm coat, hat, gloves, scarf, thick socks and boots.
Bundled cards provide significant discounts if youre planning to visit many sites in a few days. CityPASS, citypass.com/Chicago, includes admission to five popular attractions, including the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum, for a nine-day period. The Go Chicago Card, smartdestinations.com, lets you choose from one-day to seven-day cards, adding in options like the Chicago Childrens Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Your Kind of Town
Wake up with the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon Drive, 312-742-2000, lpzoo.org), the nation’s oldest free zoo. The zoo’s small size makes it easy to walk around, perfect for a summer stroll.
If you’re lucky enough to be at the zoo on Wednesday or Saturday, head a few blocks south to Green City Market (south end of Lincoln Park, 773-880-1266, greencitymarket.org), a fabulous farmer’s market offering sustainable and organic produce. Keep an eye out for the city’s top chefs who shop here for unusual organic veggies. Bring a blanket for a fun picnic lunch.
Just south of the zoo, the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600, chicagohistory.org) has well-designed exhibits about Chicago’s past and present. Kids can pretend they’re giant hot dogs and pile on all the fixings of a Chicago-style dog (“a garden on a bun”), while adults learn about the city’s fascinating history.
Several restaurants provide allergy-friendly options in Lincoln Park. Don’t miss the guacamole prepared tableside at Adobo Grill (1610 N. Wells St., 312-266-7999, adobogrill.com), a festive Mexican eatery with a gluten-free menu.
Next to Adobo Grill is Second City (1616 N. Wells St., 312-337-3992, secondcity.com), the legendary sketch comedy club that has forged many a career, from Gilda Radner to Tina Fey. Also in Lincoln Park, Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650, www.steppenwolf.org) is known for its compelling, innovative plays.