Summer is still in full swing in these Chicago suburbs!
Let’s face it—summer rocks, especially in and around Chicago. The challenge, though? Balancing the summer fun with the need for serious year-round amenities—think A+ schools, kids sports, restaurants, transportation and more. These, ‘burbs, though have it all, including an amazing vibe that makes it feel like you’re on vacation every single day.
Niche’s #1 place to raise a family in Cook County also makes our list for Chicago’s best suburbs for summer-ing. And, with top-rated schools, a cool downtown and – best of all—Wilmette’s prime location on Lake Michigan, this Chicago suburb is the place to be all year long, but especially when the temperatures rise.
Better still, in Wilmette you don’t have to choose between the beach and the pools—or the mountains, even. Gillson Park is set on 60 acres of pristine lakefront acreage, ideal for swimming, sunbathing on the beach, running, sailing, picnicking and more. Need a break from the lake? Check out the aquatic center at Centennial Recreation Complex, Wilmette Harbor Club, the town’s free summer concert series or hiking at Harms Woods.
Three beaches—Rosewood, Moraine and Park Avenue—offer something for everyone, including your four-legged family members. Plus the prestigious North Shore Yacht Club is brimming with summertime festivities.
Highland Park has the honor of being the summer landing spot of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is home to North America’s oldest outdoor music festival, Ravinia Festival. The festival takes place from June through September and features 150+ unique events.
Pools, golf courses, lakes, parks… there’s never a dull moment when it’s summer in Libertyville. Adler and Riverside pools each have wonderful splash areas for toddlers, pools equipped with waterslides and swim teams, and Lake Minear, Butler Lake and Liberty Lake have beach areas, top-tier fishing and boating. In the evenings, head to Cook Park for the town’s free summer concert series.
Naperville is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the U.S. and it’s easy to see why—especially if you stop by in summer. First, there’s the “Crown Jewel,” a nearly two-mile riverwalk with bridges, fountains, trails, sculptures and amazing family-friendly attractions—the Paddleboat Quarry, Dandelion Fountain, Centennial Beach and Jaycee Playground get our votes!
There’s also a popular children’s museum, community gardening spots on West Street, mountain biking and frisbee golf at Knoch Knolls Park, 13-miles of trails at Springbrook Prairie, and four other sprawling forested parks filled with even more amenities. Summer is serious business in Naperville, and one visit is all it takes to see why.
Brookfield is home to the Brookfield Zoo! While that’s one attraction that’s well worth the seasonal pass, it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to summer fun. At the heart of it all is Salt Creek, which offers a 25-mile trail and is scattered with areas for kayaking, canoeing and fishing, dozens of playgrounds and splash parks and wooded areas for nature walks and camping. Alternatively, join a local pool—public and private—and splash away all season long.
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