Best Summer Activities in Chicago for Travelers

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One of the most aggravating parts of visiting a city is finding activities. Here are some squeaky-clean family fun ideas for your next road trip. My college buddy over at Done Just Right, Inc. gave me these recommendations when visiting the Chicago area.

Enjoy a Free Tour

The only thing better than seeing a city like a local is with one. Make it free of charge, and what’s not to love?

Volunteer Greeters assist visitors in making the most of their visit. Take one of their tours or guide yourself through many neighborhoods.

The Chicago Park District

Those who can’t make a decision may want to let someone else try. With more than 500 unique parks to visit, there’s plenty to explore.

Younger children can find plenty of playgrounds, and adults will love the many historical sites. Whatever your interests, the Windy City has something for everyone to enjoy.

Chicago Riverwalk

Wineries, Breweries, Restaurants, and More

The Chicago Riverwalk has food and beverages available for every flavor. And who doesn’t love a fresh local beer on a summer patio?

You can also work off lunch with kayak rentals and walking throughout the district. Find cafes, restaurants, and live entertainment along the Chicago River.

Chicago River and Lake Michigan Boat Cruises

Sometimes, changing your perspective becomes the only path to seeing everything. What better way to the city than from a boat?

You can enjoy river and lake cruises along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, respectively. They even offer dining inside or on top of their boats for memorable sunset meals.

Check out this great video of Chicago

Top Countries with the Best Food Options

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While a country may have a lot of food brands, they aren’t always tasty. Who, then, does cuisine best across the globe?

Here are some of the best countries and their top items. It may inspire you to take a culinary tour of nearby restaurants.

Italy | Neapolitan Pizza

Sure, America stays divided on pizza style, but Italian Neapolitan is where it’s at. More sauce, less crust, and cooked to perfection in a stone oven.

After trying one of these pies, you won’t call your fast-food chain again. Although, trying to recreate this style at home is tricky.

France | Everything Baked

If there’s one cuisine the French have perfected, it’s baked goods. While other countries have great bakery items, they miss that je ne sais quoi.

In addition to different breads, you can find dozens of classic pastries available also. Just remember, it’s copious amounts of butter that make their food great.

Spain | Seafood Paella

Although you can make Paella a few different ways, traditionally, it includes fish. As a country on several distinct seas, you won’t find cleaner seafood.

Spain also makes plenty of meals made from beef and other proteins. Even picky eaters can’t resist these flavors.

USA | Beef

Although mostly fast food, America has beef-based meals down to an art. Many people consider our hamburgers and steaks superior to other nations.

While the UK also has surprisingly good burgers, they prefer ours. There’s no beating America’s meat.

Check out the best pizza in Italy here