Signs It’s Summertime in Chicago

summertime in Chicago

Happy June, friends! AKA HAPPY SUMMER CHICAGO. Is there a more appropriate photo to represent this feeling than a movie in the park + rosé?

Well, fingers crossed, this beautiful mid-70 degree weather is here to stay.

I’m not gonna lie, y’all. May was tough, and that’s why I’ve been MIA these last few weeks. Eric and I had to go home unexpectedly for a series of unfortunate events, ranging from surgery to the loss of loved ones – the hardest being my family’s ten year old sweet pup, Gordo, to cancer.

If you’ve lost a pet before, than I know you know how it feels. There are just no words. They are true family members that grow up along side us.

summertime in Chicago

All that being said, the quality time with our families was so, so good and the break from everything else was much needed.

Now that we’re feeling recharged, it’s back to groovin’ and we are ready for summertime in Chicago! The people are out and about, ready to break out of their winter hibernation. It’s a pretty magical feeling – one that makes this city so special.

To celebrate this sweet new season around the corner, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite signs that it’s finally here in The Windy City.

{Paleteria Carts on the Beach} // Bring your cash folks! There’s nothing I love more on a warm Chicago day than hitting up the paleteria vendors on the beach. The authentic Mexican ice cream treats you can find are unbeatable and so delicious – my favorite are the cookies and cream popsicles!

summertime in Chicago

Spoiler alert: These treats can ruin exercise intentions, because sometimes you can’t help but stop for one. Oh, maybe that’s just me?

{Street Festivals} // To me, this is a quintessential sign of summertime in Chicago – street fests on street fests each week. Everyone has been locked up for 8 months, so now every weekend you can find multiple festivals happening across the city.

summertime in chicago

From the best hot dog round up to traditional German celebrations, there’s always something to explore! The best parts? Festivals are often free and come with awesome live music.

Side note: Tuesday movies in the park might not technically count as festivals, but they’re in this same category of awesomeness for us!

{Beaches & Balls} // This one’s pretty straightforward – the warmer it gets, the more packed the beaches get. Our favorite way to spend a Saturday includes tunes, snacks, and back-to-back sand volleyball games.

summertime in Chicago

It’s a strange concept to be laying out on the sand and turning around to a skyline, but it sure is pretty! (Also, confirming this is actual footage from a ChiTown beach.)

{Legs} // Until this month, I literally don’t think I had shown my legs outside since October? Well, except when I desperately ran to the drug store next to us for a dessert craving.

You know when those dresses, shorts, and skirts start showing up all over town, it’s a good sign. And sometimes, you just have to wear them and freeze a little because mind > matter.

summertime in Chicago

{Happy Pups} // It’s a sad sight to see all the cold doggies outside freezing their little bootys off with the rest of us during the winter because they have no choice – they gotta do their business!

That being said, you an tell it’s a good day when all the dogs are out with big smiles instead of pet sweaters. Running in the park, wind in their hair – Chicago summer pups are really living their best lives.

summertime in Chicago

Honoring Gordo with a photo from him soaking up the sun on Fourth of July a few years back. I know he would’ve freakin’ loved summertime in this city.

Now, I’m hoping I totally didn’t just jinx us with all this talk! What are the key signs of summer where you live??

Days By Day


    • Dayna Reyna
      June 5, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Yes, you must give it a visit! Thanks for reading! xo Dayna

  1. June 5, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    These photos are beautiful! I’m actually visiting Chicago in September! I’m so excited to visit for the first time. 🙂


    • Dayna Reyna
      June 5, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Yes, Linda, you will love it!! I’ve got lots about Chicago on the blog – there’s so much to do, especially in the summer. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! xo Dayna

  2. June 5, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Still can’t believe I’ve never been to Chicago, looks like so much fun! And I’m so sorry about little Gordo, we had to say goodbye to my almost 16-yr old dog last summer, it’s never an easy thing.

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 5, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Jenni, thank you for your sweet words. You totally know. So thankful for all the great years we had with Gordo! And yes, come visit Chicago – you’d love it! xo Dayna

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 5, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      I know – I still can’t believe it’s here in the city! Happy Monday! xo Dayna

  3. June 5, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Sounds like there is so much to do. I will be visiting Chicago in August so hopefully I can check some of this out.

    Cheers, J

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 5, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Ah yes girl, you’ll have so much fun! There’s lots about Chicago on the blog – don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! xo Dayna

  4. June 5, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    oh my gosh your dog is the cutest part of this post!!

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 6, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Aw thank you, Shannon! Gordo was the sweetest pup and I loved including him in this post! xo Dayna

  5. June 5, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    You look like u had the best time! I love Chicago.

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 6, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Thanks for reading, Leticia! Chicago truly is an amazing city! xo Dayna

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 6, 2017 / 10:13 am

      I agree, Jana! Chicago is such a cool city! xo Dayna

  6. June 5, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    summer truly brings loads of fun things to do! it’s the best time I guess?
    ♡Courtney Bentley ||

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 6, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Yes, summer is very welcomed after months of the cold! Hope you have a wonderful season girly! xo Dayna

    • Dayna Reyna
      June 6, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Thank you, Jen! You’re too sweet. It’s so much fun to be in this city during this season – I hope you get to visit if you haven’t already! xo Dayna

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