2014 North Shore Summer Go Guide

Memorial Day through Labor Day—summer is here!


You may be staring down 12 weeks of open space on the calendar, but trust us, it’s going to go fast. Fill it up with fun! We’ve got great guides to get you going, tons of things to do and places to go, and as always, recommendations every week in our Better Letter.


North Shore Festival Guide

One look at our summer lineup of festivals in and around Chicago and you’ll know, we take our summers seriously in this town. From Chicago to Highland Park, and even points west, we’ve got the best in fests for you to choose.

North Shore Beaches Guide

This is the guide that’ll tell you where to go, when they’re open and how much it costs. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

North Shore Golf Guide

We dare you—just try to play all the courses on the North Shore this summer. And then tell us your favorite!

Best Bike Trails

Where to go for some of the best biking in northern Illinois.

2013 Fireworks Guide

We’ve got the 411 on all the local fireworks and festivities, all in one spot.


Outings/Travel Ideas:

Wisconsin Summer Resorts

Great Lake Vacation in Northern Michigan

Devil’s Lake, WI

Lake Geneva, WI

Galena, IL

Best Weekend Summer Trips for Couples and Families

Daytrippers: Chicago Neighborhood and Suburb Highlights


Things to Do:

Canoeing on the North Shore

Kite Flying on the North Shore

Preschoolers in the Summer

Picnic at the Beach

MSI: Animal Inside Out

Dinos at the Brookfield Zoo

5 Chicago Museums to Try

Nature on the North Shore

Grosse Point Lighthouse

11 Double-Date Ideas You Have to Try

6 Creative Ideas for Girls’ Night Out

Need a few more ideas? Check our events calendar for the latest in upcoming activities.


Things to Eat:

Farmers’ Markets

Ravinia’s New Flavors

Restaurants for Ladies’ Night Out

Old-Fashioned Ice-Cream Parlors

Summer Drinks

4 Great Hot-Dog Stands

Check out our Recipes section for more great dishes for summer and beyond.

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