Summer in Chicago.
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So today may not be the day to go to a rooftop bar. Gloomy. Cold. Heavy waves crashing against the shore on Lake Michigan. The weather is so somber in fact that I decided to wear all black today.

Here's what we Chicagoans forget: 60 and 70 degree weather is not truly summer yet. It simply feels incredible compared to the winter weather that we've grown accustomed to over the last six months. But the matter of the fact is that this upcoming marks May 1. So whether or not I'm wearing a pair of fresh white Vans and enjoying a rosé on a rooftop overlooking the city, it is fair enough to say that the time has come to know what hot stops are a must visit for Summer 2016.

Below I've compiled a list of some of my favorite places in Chicago during the summer months. Take a look. Let your mouth water. Imagine the sun beating down on your skin, giving you that perfectly bronzed tan. Oh, and just make sure you have a few of your best friends by your side to make it the best summer ever!


Parson's Chicken & Fish

Clayton Hauck for Paron's
Big Star Chicago
Expat Chicago
Celeste Chicago
Citizen Bar