Top 5 Things to Do – June 2016

Ask anyone in Chicago – summer is the absolute best time to be in the city. Every weekend is packed with no shortage of food, live music, art, and great views. While the list of all the places I want to hit before Labor Day is long enough to fill a novel, I’ve picked my top five for the month of June – check them out!
The patio at Barcocina
The boyfriend and I had dinner at Barcocina last month when he was helping me move in, and we had the best time! We love shared plates (we have the same taste in food!), and Barcocina is perfect for couples who want to share or for big groups of friends. The atmosphere is trendy and fun (think top 40 radio and fun cocktails), and since there’s nothing better than an outdoor meal on a sunny evening, I can’t wait to revisit Barcocina and eat on their patio. It’s also dog friendly, so if you spot a girl making friends with every pup out there, you know who it is!
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Millennium Park
ferris_buellers_day_offChicago has been the setting for tons of movies, but none quite as iconic as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Millennium Park is kicking off their summer film series with the classic 80s romp on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30. The screening offers first-come first-serve pavilion seats and open seating on the lawn – and it’s free! So bring a picnic, some wine, and your best leopard-print vest – I totally won’t judge if you recite every line from memory!
Chicago Bears 5K at Soldier Field
Okay, let’s start with the fact that I hate running. I hate working out, really. But I love 5Ks – these days, they’re fun, often themed, and doable for walkers and runners alike. One June 25, Bears fans can run 3.1 miles ending at Soldier Field at the Chicago Bears 5K, where they’ll be shown on the videotron as they cross the finish line, enjoy a beer (for those 21+), and party with Staley Da Bear. It’s a great event for families, too – kids under six can participate for free! If anyone has a pink Bears jersey I can borrow, let me know!
Chicago Pride Parade
imageChicago Pride is easily one of my favorite weekends all year long! I break out my rainbow tutu and suspenders (yes, I really do own a rainbow tutu and suspenders), have a mimosa with friends, and park myself wherever I can find a spot for the most colorful, proud parade in Chicago! This year, pop stars Daya and Jordin Sparks will be performing in the parade, and there’ll also be a whole Pride Fest and other events throughout Boystown and Lakeview. LGBTIQ or not, it’s a great day to celebrate and have fun, so break out your most colorful clothes and enjoy!
Green City Market
Green City Market runs all summer (and year-round to a smaller degree), but I love checking it out as often as I can. From fresh produce to flowers and goat cheese to wine, I love taking a small amount of cash and seeing what I end up coming home with. Tip: get to know the vendors you really like – they’ll let you know which week’s they’re coming and when they’ll have the products you like! Also, while I hate waking up early as much as anyone, it’s SO worth it to beat the crowds and get a better selection.
What are your must-see and must-do things for June in Chicago? Share in the comments!