Things to do in July in Chicago (2022)


The heat, the pools, the festivals…July is probably one of the busiest times in Chicago before the holiday craze arrives! But you know how things go: you have too many options and you end up missing out on the really good ones. Well, you’re in luck, because here’s our monthly list of activities and promotions covering all the best happenings of that month. So if you’re looking for things to do in July in Chicago for families, friends, a romantic date, or some time for yourself, better bookmark this list now!

Do you offer fried chicken

There’s Hot Girls Summer, but there’s also National Fried Chicken Day. And as far as we know we sound like Ursula from Little Mermaid right now… Embrace your desire, guys. From the classic recipe to the Firey Nashville Hot to one-of-a-kind Korean chicken shops, Chicago isn’t afraid of guilt pleasure. If you haven’t checked out our list of the best fried chickens in Chicago. We challenge you to try a place you’ve never been!

435 Michigan Avenue Suite G, Chicago, IL 60611

Have you visited the amazing Ice Cream Museum? If not, July is the perfect time! As National Ice Cream Day approaches, MOIC announces the first-ever sprinkle pool and free ice cream on National Ice Cream Day (July 17). If you can’t get there, we still recommend that you visit them during the month of July, especially knowing that it will be very hot!

233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

In partnership with local and internationally renowned artists and creatives, the new Color Factory was designed specifically for Chicago and takes customers on a unique, dynamic and colorful journey. Collaborating with local and international artists, the beloved destination immerses Chicagoans in art and color with experiences that engage all the senses, including 15 new installations and exciting artist partnerships on more than 25 000 square feet, all closely tied to Chicago roots and culture.

Check out the new murals at Pinstripes

435 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

Pinstripes celebrates the official start of summer and its reopening to visitors and locals with the unveiling of “Chicago Looks Good on You”, a series of oil paintings by Chicago-based artist Paul Brourman which reimagines Chicago icons replicated to soar 16 feet tall on the facade of the Pinstripes River East Building.

Large-scale portraits of people “carrying” Chicago icons will be unveiled on the street side and these portraits depict fictional people “carrying” Chicago icons such as the Buckingham Fountain, the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier, and Cloud Gate ( the bean).

Celebrate July 14

French cuisine lovers, where are you? It’s Bastille Day! Savor delicious delicious bouillabaisse, bourguignon, cassoulet and other classic French dishes from brunch to dinner. Don’t forget to finish with delicious madeleines or a perfectly caramelized crème brûlée. Don’t know where to go? Well, try our Chciago Bastille Day Food Guide!

Treat yourself to caviars

July is truly foodie month. After July 14, comes caviar day. And frankly, we feast on caviars every time the big heat hits us, because nothing better than salty and tasty caviars accompanied by a dry Riesling. Although caviars can be a real party, it’s important that you indulge in the luxury once in a while. You earned it through hard work!

Image credit: Dolci Amori

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Dolci Amori

2010 West Pierce, Chicago, IL 60622

Bringing the people of Chicago the experience of a traditional Italian pasticceria, Dolci Amori is proud to announce the opening of its first brick and mortar location in the beloved Wicker Park neighborhood. With a menu crafted by a renowned Italian team, Dolci Amori prides itself on providing its customers with only the freshest ingredients, the sweetest indulgences and a true Italian experience.

With sweets as beautiful as they are tasty, selections include Bombolone, the Italian version of a donut, as well as other authentic specialties such as Cornetti Ischitani, Crostata, Biscotti, Zeppole, and more. For those craving something savory, patrons can expect a variety of salads, Neapolitan street food like arancini, pizzettes and frittatine.

Discover Marvin’s Segnatore Sandwich

954 W Fulton Market St, Chicago, IL 60607

Marvin’s Food & Fuel, the neighborhood joint on the corner of Fulton Market, has teamed up with 8-month-old Humboldt Park hotspot Segnatore for its July Sandwich Series campaign. Throughout July, Marvin’s will be offering The Cadillac, an original sandwich recipe from Segnatore chef Matt Troost.

The sandwich, $16, is made with bologna, truffle “cheez whiz,” Castelvetrano olive relish, red onion, arugula and pepperoncini and is served on a warm ciabatta bun. Proceeds from July’s Sandwich Series will be donated to Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit selected by Chef Matt.

Green by the lake

Kenna, board member of the Friends of Prentice of Sona-Fitness will lead a relaxing yet energizing yoga class that will get your whole body moving and your mind feeling great. Lifeway Kefir will provide yoga mats, water bottles and fun products. All levels are welcome and all proceeds will go directly to Friends of Prentice, funding women’s health research.

Friends of Prentice works in partnership with Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital to fund innovative, cutting-edge research and clinical initiatives that benefit the lives of women and infants in our community and around the world.

1825 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Have you been waiting for a meeting of sports friends for a long time, but it’s too hot to go out? So why not come and hustle at Whirlyball? This year’s Summer Series offers exclusive packages that combine games, food and drink for any size party ranging from $20/$45 per person. Guests can also enjoy half-price games on Tuesdays in July!

You don’t really like the whirlwind? They also have the choice between laser tag and bowling!

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Image Credit: BTN Big K

Runners and fans celebrate their favorite Big Ten team and dress in their favorite school colors and compete for their Big Ten teams in the 10K run and 5K run/walk. The race will start and end at Soldier Field. After the race, the BTN Big 10K Post-Race Tailgate will be held near Soldier Field immediately after the finish of the 10K and 5K events from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The post-race tailgate features music, food and drink, plus fun tailgate-inspired games like a football toss and corn hole.

100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Experience some of the world’s most spectacular masterpieces in a completely reimagined way as they come to life at Fantastic Louvre: The Exhibition opening to the public on Friday July 15 and through October, with a VIP opening party on Thursday July 14 with tickets available for purchase here.

111 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

Curated by Gloria Groom and Caitlin Haskell from the Art Institute of Chicago, with Achim Borchardt-Hume and Natalia Sidlina from Tate Modern, the exhibition features an impressive number of 90 oil paintings and 40 watercolors acquired from public collections. and private, and this is the first major Cézanne retrospective. in the United States for more than a quarter of a century. This is the first exhibition on Cézanne organized by the Art Institute for more than 70 years.

Small businesses along Damen Avenue

The Ravenswood community gathers for the 4th Annual ‘Malt Row on Damen’ Craft Beer Walk on Wednesday, July 27, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) partners with breweries and Malt Row distilleries to give Chicagoans a taste of what Malt Row has to offer while visiting local shops and restaurants along Damen Avenue!

Fun fact: all the beer produced at Malt Row on Damen comes from within a mile radius of the event!

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Lollapalooza is a 4-day music festival taking place July 28-31, 2022 in historic Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. We may have had a lot of fun with its lineup this year, we won’t judge you if you go! After all, those who like more classic bands would probably have a blast at the festival.

BTW, if you didn’t have enough fun at the festival, TAO Chicago will also be hosting a fantastic MGK afterparty with a show, bites, and drinks! Get your tickets here!

Vintage shopping in Long Grove

The annual Vintage Days festival will return to historic downtown Long Grove the weekend of Saturday August 6th and Sunday August 7th. Hosted by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, this throwback celebration connects yesterday and today, showcasing all things vintage. , reclaimed, handcrafted, recycled, antique and repurposed in an outdoor market.

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