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.
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.
The annual Pivot Arts Festival features innovative, genre-defying, and unusual music, dance, and theater from Chicago and elsewhere.
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.
Celebrate Chicago's contribution to the blues at the annual free Blues Festival in Grant Park.
Celebrate 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.
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.
Enjoy flavors from several 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.
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.
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.
June bursts with concerts at the Ravinia Festival, which has included acts 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.