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.
- You can finally swim outdoors at the beaches or pools.
- Hotel prices generally increase due to tourism season heating up, but here are a few deals during June.
- 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 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
Current. Located on the lobby level of W Chicago-Lakeshore, Current showcases seasonal Italian cuisine. The menu features house-made pastas, pizzas and house-cured meats at moderate prices. The dishes complement Italian wines and Italian-inspired cocktails. Those visiting the bar may also indulge in a number of thoughtful cocktails, craft beers and smaller bites as they listen to modern music spun by local deejays. The restaurant/lounge extends to an outdoor patio accommodating approximately 30 guests. 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-255-4460
Duck Inn. Opened in close proximity to White Sox home Guaranteed Rate 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
It seats 140 outside and 55 inside. Celebrated chef Paul Virant (Vie) 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 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend to mid-September. 1860 N. Clark St., 312-254-4747
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
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 guide to top steakhouses in Chicago.
- June is also National Soul Food Month. Peruse the Definitive Black Chicago Guide for a list of the city's hottest black-owned restaurants.
Pivot Arts Festival (June 1-11)
Ravinia Festival (June 5-Sept. 17)
Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 9-11)
RibFest (June 9-11)
Green Music Fest (June 10-11)
Printers Row Lit Festival (June 10-11)
Taste of Randolph (June 16-18)
Chicago SummerDance (June 23-Sept. 10)
Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party (June 23-24)
Chicago Pride Parade (June 25)