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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | August 5, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    5 Ways To Cool Down in Chicago

    5 Ways To Cool Down in Chicago

    Photo courtesy of Seadog Cruises

    Despite its reputation as Eskimo headquarters, the Windy City can actually be not so windy or cool in the summer. That is to say, it gets hot and humid enough to take the crunch out of your Chicago style popcorn. So how to cope?

    Well, as a sun lover you’ll never hear me complain when Chicago heats up for a paltry three months out of the year, but for more delicate souls, here’s a list of classic Chicago cool down options:

    Get Thee To The Beach

    That’s right. Chicago has beaches, 26 to be exact. A lot of visitors tend to forget that our lovely shoreline also provides sandy spots to relax and cool off. Each beach has a particular personality and focus but one of my personal faves is Montrose Beach, which is very family friendly and includes a dog park, dunes, a cafe and a strolling vendor who sells killer tacos. There’s also Oak Street Beach, which is conveniently just off the Gold Coast shopping area  and provides striking  skyline views. It also has a popular cafe and masseuses offering beachside massages.

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    Jet Around

    You can actually jet ski on Lake Michigan if you prefer a little excitement with your cool off.  Roar across the lake with jet ski rentals from Jet Ski Chicago at North Avenue Beach or at the quieter 31st Street Beach with Chicago Water Sports Rentals. They also offer wetsuits, which I highly recommend, as the water can be murky at best.

    Rev Up Your Motor

    Hop onto a speedboat and forget about all the stickiness with an adrenaline-packed ride. Seadog Cruises Speedboat Tour leaves from Navy Pier and zips along the shoreline for views of Buckingham Fountain, the Magnificent Mile and Grant Park. The tour also presents Chicago history and funny facts. It only lasts for 30 minutes but you can grab a season pass if you plan on jumping aboard every time the temps rise.

    Scoop Up Relief

    It’s Chicago, so you know there’s a high-calorie version of cooling off. That would be an iconic scoop of The Original Rainbow Cone, a tongue freezing avalanche of orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts), strawberry and chocolate delight. The Beverly shop has been serving the city’s signature scoop since 1926, but you can also score a cone at the Navy Pier location.

    Splash Through A Landmark

    The Crown Fountain, Millennium Park’s famous art installation/fountain supplies the ultimate hot weather relief with streams of waterfalls that look like they’re flowing from the mouths of the LED projected faces. You'll see plenty of kids in swimsuits dashing through the shallow reflecting pool, but don’t let that stop you from joining in. 

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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