There's so much to love about this month.
First of all, when it comes to Chicago weather in June, expect it to be pleasant. That allows you to explore the city without worrying about freezing your tail off. Second, it's the beginning of festival season, and some of the hottest art, food and music events happen this month.
Of course, June also pays homage to Dads, and we haven't forgotten about him! Whether you're planning a staycation or visiting from far away, count on us to point you in the right direction on where to go and what to do.
• Average High Temperature: 79°F (26°C)
• Average Low Temperature: 57°F (14°C)
• Average Precipitation: 3.7"
WHAT TO WEAR
• Bring extra layers 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 finally warm enough to explore outdoors during one of the many walking and biking food tours.
POPULAR OUTDOOR DINING & DRINKING DESTINATIONS
The Betty: The West Loop sensation is a nice addition to Chicago's thriving cocktail lounge scene with its many retro accents that carry to the 40-seat patio. It's enclosed by wrought iron fencing, intertwined with green ivy and purple alyssum flowers, creating a nice ambiance for those settled alongside it as well as those seated near the open French doors.
Small, shareable seasonal plates and mostly original cocktails are the focus. 839 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-2222
Duck Inn: Opened in close proximity to U.S. Cellular Field, Duck Inn occupies a pre-Prohibition era tavern. Highly regarded chef/partner Kevin Hickey whips up moderately priced New American fare, with the rotisserie duck for two being its biggest draw.
It's a neighborhood fave reaching beyond its Bridgeport and Pilsen boundaries--particularly for its creative cocktails and bi-level backyard patio. It's spaced out generously and full of charming, mismatched furniture and a makeshift bar with craft beers on tap. 2701 S. Eleanor St., 312-724-8811
JIMMY: The sexy, sultry cocktail lounge adjacent to David Burke's Primehouse is finally taking the action outdoors. Situated directly in front of the restaurant and James Hotel Chicago are 35 seats where imbibers may sip specialty bottled cocktails (think Vodka Collins, Gin Ricky), Mint Juleps and a rotating sangria special available by the glass or pitcher. There are also signature small bites such as beet pickled quail eggs and bacon sticks as well as cocktail ice creams in various flavors. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. 610 N. Rush St., 312-660-7191
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 sidewalk patio is shielded by colorful, oversized umbrellas and flowers for a bit a privacy from passersby.
The clubby restaurant offers a menu of updated retro fare, such as a beef tongue Reuben and squid ink spaghetti, paired with wine. There's also a special early menu for the theater crowd, served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. It's $39 for three courses and includes a soup of the day and dessert. 130 S. Michigan Ave., 312-880-0130
• Hotel prices increase due to tourism season heating up.
• 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.
GOOD TO KNOW
• Millennium Park's Crown Fountain, a popular tourist attraction, is open for business.
• Father's Day occurs in June. Here are some of our favorite brunch spots in the city and here's our Ultimate Father's Day Guide to Chicago.
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