Summer in Chicago is sweet, but short, and all of a sudden it's September and you forgot to go to the beach. No, seriously, that happened to me last year. Before the back-to-school blues threaten to bog you down this month, make sure to hit these hot events and spots.
Seeing Chicago from the water is not to be missed. Before the weather turns south, I recommend taking the kiddos on the one-hour architecture tour. Good in the day or night, or even with a fireworks backdrop, nothing says Chicago like this iconic experience. shorelinesightseeing.com
Chicago kids rock. Literally. There are more opportunities for kids to get grooving in Chicago than there are bands to entertain them. August provides countless ways for your tot to rock. From the venerable Kidzapalooza (Perry Farrell is known to appear) to Retro on Roscoe (Carnival rides PLUS Mary Macaroni), where the music is, the fun follows. But only through the end of this month.
Even though the Thunderbirds are cut from this year's lineup, the Air and Water Show still proves to be one of the most exciting and dynamic air shows of its kind in the United States. Kids of all ages will be thrilled by the stunts and tricks of some of nation's biggest air daredevils. chicagoairandwatershow.us
Nothing says summer in Chicago quite like a little taste of Italian ice. You can venture down to the traditional ice shops like Mario's Italian Lemonade in Little Italy or to the tony Lincoln Park neighborhood for a stop at Tom & Wendee's. It's sweet and cool, so you and your kids alike will be glad you had that little taste of summer.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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