For tourists and residents alike, there are a bounty of Chicago activities.
The city boasts parks, a lakefront, street festivals, museums, music venues, and theaters. Some Chicago activities are off-the-beaten path, but you’ll be rewarded for your exploration.
Film lovers with a classic taste and an adventurous spirit should head to the Portage Theatre, in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood. Each summer the Silent Film Society of Chicago hosts the Silent Summer Film Festival, with bi-weekly screenings of classic silents accompanied by a live organist. Those interested in taking a more hands-on approach could sign up for classes at Chicago Filmmakers. Located in Andersonville, they offer beginner and advanced classes ranging from screenwriting to special effects. And for people seeking activities for their kids, Chicago Filmmakers offers a filmmaking summer camp for youth.
A fine arts lover can find numerous activities to both see and do in Chicago. The Museum of Contemporary Photography in the South Loop shows exhibitions of recent work by international photographers and hosts a lecture series that features artists and curators discussing the art. The Museum of Contemporary Art, near the Water Tower downtown, brings in major shows from LA, New York and Europe and has monthly First Fridays. The museum stays open late, provides drinks and food and music, and patrons can explore the galleries in an informal social setting. A person looking to learn about making art could sign up for a workshop at Spudnik Press, a cooperative community printmaking studio in the Fulton Market neighborhood. Spudnik offers introductory classes teaching letterpress, silkscreening, and offset printing; a fantastic experience for anyone looking for educational activities. You can see posters created at Spudnik promoting many Chicago Shows at venues such as House of Blues Chicago and Congress Theatre Chicago.
Athletes, whether serious or casual, can find many Chicago activities throughout the city. Chicago Parks and Recreation maintains soccer fields up and down the lakefront that host pickup games and leagues. On Saturday mornings during the summertime, the city hosts outdoor workouts on the Great Lawn at Millenium Park, offering free classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. For those seeking casual activities, there are softball and kickball leagues that meet in city parks all of over town, for low impact sporting.
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We all have busy lives, balancing work, and friends, and family. But make time for some Chicago activities. The city has countless opportunities to learn, see, exercise, grow, and play.