Last Minute Summer Vacation Ideas: ChicagoTraveler.com Announces the Best Things to Do in Chicago in the Last Weeks of Summer

Aug 7, 2013

Summer is drawing to a close, with just a few weeks left of high temperatures, beach days and summer vacationing. There is still plenty of fun to be had in Chicago though, so don’t hesitate taking time for a last minute summer vacation to Chicago. Now is the time when the deals are starting to get better and the crowds are starting to get smaller, so all the best Chicago attractions are much easier (and more enjoyable) to experience than they were this summer. ChicagoTraveler.com presents a guide to making the most out of the last few weeks of summer in Chicago.

Must-Visit Chicago Attractions
Almost all of Chicago’s top attractions are a must-see any time of year, but some of them are hot spots for summer travelers especially. Be sure to check out all the things to do in Millennium Park, from the Bean to concerts at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Many of the shopping on Magnificent Mile offers deals on the summer trends, and might even have fall fashions to start collecting soon. Head to Chicago museums to escape the heat if it gets too much for an afternoon, and be sure to check out all the fun things to do at Navy Pier, from top attractions like the Ferris Wheel and boat tours to special events like Tall Ships and Cirque Shanghai: Dragons Thunder. Don’t forget to use the promo code “TRAVEL,” and save $5 when buying tickets for the Cirque show online. Need help getting around to all the top attractions? Here's a Chicago transportation guide that might help.

Tours to Take Before it Gets Cold
The temperatures are going to start dropping after this month, and while almost every tour in Chicago is going to be just as fun when the weather is cold, enjoy sightseeing in Chicago without mittens hindering the pictures on some of the best tours in Chicago.

  • Chicago boat tours are always a great idea, especially on a beautiful summer day, or during the summer Navy Pier fireworks shows. Hop on some of the ChicagoTraveler.com favorites like Spirit of Chicago for a fun and festive ride, Seadog for an unforgettable adventure, Odyssey for those here on a romantic trip to Chicago, or check out any of the Shoreline Sightseeing cruises for beautiful views and more fun facts about Chicago than any tourist thought possible.
  • Sightseeing does work up an appetite though. Why not eat along the way on one of the Chicago food tours? It doesn’t get much better than combining Chicago sights with the city’s famous foods, and top rated tours like Tastebud Food Tours and Chicago Food Planet Tours never disappoint. 
  • Before the snow starts to fall in a couple of months, this is also a perfect time to take one of the bike tours of Chicago. Hop on a two-wheel ride and enjoy the warm air as everyone explores all kinds of Chicago neighborhoods and sights with family, friends or even on a solo trip.

Hot Chicago Deals
There are tons of things to do in Chicago, and doing them all can be a lot cheaper than one might think. Chicago discount cards make sightseeing on any trip a lot more fun, and a whole lot cheaper. The Go Chicago Card can save travelers 55% on the best Chicago attractions, from famous sights and tours, to added discounts on restaurants and shopping.
Coming to check out the museums? Check out the Chicago Museum pass there are discount cards for those too. Coming with the family? Cards can be loaded with as many family-friendly attractions as you want, and are sold for adult prices, as well as cheaper kid-prices so the whole family can save.

Summer isn’t just about saving on the fun though. Many of the best hotels in Chicago are offering deals that are hard to resist. MileNorth Hotel has already started a countdown to winter. Book by August 31, and save 35% on a 2 or more night stay. Sofitel Chicago Water Tower isn’t holding out on the savings either, with packages for every kind of traveler: business, families, romantic getaways and more.

Don’t miss the last few weeks of warm weather in Chicago, or any of the summer savings. Start planning a trip today with ChicagoTraveler.com.

About ChicagoTraveler.com:
Chicago is one of the top vacation destinations in America famous for their annual events, popular foods, and architecture and top sports teams. ChicagoTraveler.com guides travelers to all the best things to do, top places to eat and deals on the best places to stay in Chicago. Lizz Riggs, editor of ChicagoTraveler.com, can help travelers find all the best things to do, places to stay and deals to take advantage of on their next trip.

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$39
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$59
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