Don't look at August as the month winding down summer; instead look at it as the month with the hottest happenings. Unlike the holiday-centered June and July, August needs to work a little harder to get some attention. In Chicago, folks swarm the city for events like the Bud Billiken Parade, Northalsted Market Days and the Chicago Air & Water Show.
We hope you enjoy your time in the city!
- Average High Temperature: 81°F (27°C)
- Average Low Temperature: 63°F (17°C)
- Average Precipitation: 3.6"
What To Wear
• Bring an extra layer because Chicago weather can be unpredictable, particularly at night. A nice, thin sweater or sweatshirt will do. We also recommend checking out Chicagoland shopping malls for additional apparel, including comfortable shoes if you plan to walk a lot.
- The weather is warm enough to explore outdoors during one of the many walking and biking food tours or a self-guided architectural tour of downtown.
- High tourism season translates into higher hotel rates. Booking a room at a locally owned bed and breakfast inn is a less expensive alternative.
- Chance of flight/travel problems if a storm comes through; here's where to dine and drink if you get stranded at one of the airports.
Popular Outdoor Spots for Brunch
North Pond. Nothing beats brunch with a great view, and this James Beard-winning restaurant offers that and plenty more.
For $35 per person, guests choose seasonal dishes for a three-course meal. A nice stroll over to the nearby Lincoln Park Zoo caps off a perfect afternoon. Brunch is 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. 2610 N. Cannon Dr., 773-477-5845
The Italian-focused menu is quite unconventional for the Gold Coast with dishes such as porcini-rubbed hanger steak and soft-scrambled eggs with peperonata, prosciutto and olive focaccia. The tiny sidewalk patio is on the bustling Rush Street, in the heart of the action. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. 1015 N. Rush St., 312-994-7100
Odyssey. Located on Navy Pier, the luxury cruiser is available during spring and summer for brunch and guests may indulge in griddled favorites as well as unlimited amounts of salads, pastas and meats from a carving station. From $64.90 per adult; $38.95 per child age 3-11. Two-hour rides board at noon Saturday, Sunday. 600 E. Grand Ave., 877-944-6704
Parson's Chicken & Fish. There are only four entrees on the brunch menu, including chicken biscuit and buttermilk pancakes, but we have a feeling that most folks are coming for the cocktail offerings. During warmer months, guests may relax on the largest backyard patio in Logan Square. There are also outdoor ping pong tables. Brunch is served 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday). 2952 W. Armitage Ave., 773-384-3333
The menu updates mid-morning favorites with choices like chorizo hash, beef tenderloin sliders, lobster rolls and muffins accompanied by local honey and lemon ricotta. Raised "tool box" DIY beverages serve up to four guests, and selections range from mimosas to a few signature cocktails. It occurs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 1 W. Wacker Dr., 312-372-7200
Spirit of Chicago. On Saturdays June through October at noon, the faithful may get an early dose of the gospel with live spiritual music and a full brunch/lunch buffet. Prices start at $50.90 per person. Here is how to make a reservation. 600 E. Grand Ave., 855-851-3119
Wishbone. A Deep South-focused brunch--which was a favorite of Oprah Winfrey's when she lived in Chicago--remains a popular option in the West Loop. Top sellers include some of the regional choices like the Savannah shrimp omelet (shrimp, ham, grilled onion, peppers, cheddar & cilantro salsa), Kentucky scrambled eggs (eggs scrambled with corn and peppers) and North Carolina-style crab cakes prepared with lemon-butter sauce.
There's a sidewalk patio. Brunch is served 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. 1001 W. Washington Blvd., 312-850-2663
Good To Know
• Millennium Park's Crown Fountain, a popular tourist attraction, is open for business.
• From pet-friendly patios to feline facials, here's where to pamper your pet.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series (June 13 - Sept. 5)
Green City Market (through October)
Retro on Roscoe (August 11-13)
Bud Billiken Parade (Aug. 12)
Ravinia Festival (through September)
Northalsted Market Days (Aug. 12-13)