School supply lists are out, the last of the summer vacations have been planned, and the cicadas are serenading us with their end-of-summer songs (it’s probably more of a screech but you get the picture).

We’re entering the final weeks of summer and there’s still a lot left to be done, seen, and experienced! Check out our list of what not to miss before the summer comes to a close:


Movies in the Parks | Visit Website

The Chicago Park District has taken movie night to a whole ‘nother level. Until September 14th, you can catch current and classic movies in 150 parks around the city for free. So grab a chair, some blankets, and some friends and enjoy a summer night under the stars.

Cascade Drive-in | Visit Website

cascade-drive-inIf movies in the park aren’t your style, head to West Chicago and catch a double feature at Cascade Drive-in. If you’ve never experienced a drive-in movie, now is the time. Make a night of it – Cascade offers food concessions but if you feel like cooking, they also offer BBQ grills that can be used by patrons (just make sure to bring charcoal). Movies run seven days a week, rain or shine, and you can even bring Fido along – pets are always welcome!


Chicago Farmers Markets | Visit Website 

Summertime and Farmers Markets go hand-in-hand and there’s definitely no shortage on them in Chicago. From Downtown to the surrounding Suburbs, there are plenty of locations filled with vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers and more. Check one out this weekend!

Chicago SummerDance | Visit Website


Perfect your steps and get your groove on at Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park. Learn new a new dance every week, Thursday-Sunday, until September 15th on the open-air dance floor. Perfect for date-night or a night out with friends.


What’s on your last minute summer to-do list?