There's so much to love about June in Chicago, such as moderate weather; amazing restaurants; and art, music, and food festivals. Summertime is an open-air fun time.
When it comes to Chicago June weather, expect it to be pleasant or moderate, with an average high of 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 C) and an average low of 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 C). The temps should allow you to explore outdoors with one of the many walking and biking food tours, and it's nice enough that you can finally swim outdoors at the beaches or pools.
Do bring extra layers because Chicago weather can be unpredictable, particularly at night. A light jacket, thin sweater, or sweatshirt will do—especially if you go down by the lake, which can be breezy. The average rainfall is just 3.7 inches for the month.
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Chicago is a foodie's heaven with a myriad of cuisines from elite restaurants to the famous deep dish. Here are just a few to tempt your palate:
- The Emporium: Taking the place of The Betty, this building is no longer a restaurant—though you can bring food in. It's now a third Chicago Emporium location, appealing to grown-ups who want to want to time-travel back to when they were King of (Donkey) Kong but can now legally get their drink on—though high game scores and high bar tabs might be mutually exclusive.
- Current: Located on the lobby level of W Chicago–Lakeshore, Current features house-made pasta, pizzas, and house-cured meats at moderate prices. Those visiting the bar may also indulge in a number of cocktails, craft beers, and smaller bites as they listen to modern music spun by local DJs.
- Duck Inn: Opened in close proximity to White Sox home Guaranteed Rate Field, Duck Inn occupies a pre–Prohibition-era tavern and features moderately priced New American fare, with the rotisserie duck for two being its biggest draw.
- J. Parker. Located on the 13th floor of Hotel Lincoln, the upscale rooftop lounge overlooks Lincoln Park. It seats 140 outside and 55 inside and showcases a seasonal menu of pub fare that includes a signature burger, hummus, wings, and Midwestern cheeses. Views of Navy Pier's fireworks display can be seen at 9:30 p.m.
- Seven Lions. Located directly across the street from Art Institute of Chicago and a block away from Millennium Park, Seven Lions is an ideal spot to cool out after exploring downtown's most popular cultural attractions. The clubby restaurant offers a menu of updated retro fare, such as a beef tongue Reuben and squid ink spaghetti, paired with wine.
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The sixth annual Pivot Arts Festival features music, dance, and theater from Chicago and elsewhere, including the Austin, Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs.
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