Chicago in June

Hancock Sunset
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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. 

Weather

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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    Restaurants

    Steamed clams, bacon, fried bread croutons at Seven Lions
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    Photo courtesy of Seven Lions/Anthony Tahlier Photography

    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...MORE 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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    2018 Pivot arts festival opening
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    Photo courtesy of Pivot Arts Festival 

    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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    The Anderson Midsommarfest is an annual festival of music, dancing, food, and kids' entertainment on Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa. Entry is by donation.

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    2017 Chicago Blues Festival
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    Celebrate Chicago's contribution to the blues at the annual free Blues Festival in Grant Park. There are four stages and Mavis Staples is one headliner this year.

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    RibFest Menus
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    Michael Nugent/Flickr

    Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the music and food street party that is RibFest in Chicago. With honky-tonk, rock, and indie music, you're sure to find something that you can pair nicely with the pork.

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    Printers Row Lit Festival
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    In days past, the Printers Row neighborhood used to be the bookmaking hub of Chicago. Don't miss the Midwest's largest literary festival. Take in the five-block book fair and seven stages of speakers and programs. 

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    Musicians performing at Taste of Randolph
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     Photo courtesy of Taste of Randolph

    Enjoy flavors from 16 restaurants at the Taste of Randolph festival, which features two stages filled with local bands as well as a DJ stage. Benefits support the West Loop Community Organization.

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    Could this block party really be the world's largest? Does it matter? Either way, there's music, food, and family entertainment over two days. Proceeds support Old St. Patrick's mission, social justice, and outreach programs.

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    Chicago SummerDance
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     Photo courtesy of Chicago SummerDance

    Learn the samba, salsa, swing steps and more at Chicago SummerDance in Spirit of the Music Garden, Millennium Park, and other locations, courtesy of 48 bands and DJs. You can get your groove on in Grant Park on a 4,900 square-foot, open-air dance floor made of 100 percent recycled materials. 

     

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    Performance at Ravinia Festival
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     Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival

    June bursts with concerts at the Ravinia Festival, from Los Lobos to Diana Ross, from Survivor and Loverboy to the Juilliard String Quartet, and from Allison Krauss to Roger Daltrey—and so much more. There's something for every type of music lover.