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The Best Spots in Chicago To Visit With Friends

A fresh semester is about to start in Chicago, with all the promise of adventure, academic feats, and new friends. At Infinite, we know that the student years are the ones where you make everlasting memories, so we’re providing some hot spots to explore, connect, and feel the Chicago vibe. Here are the best places in Chicago to visit with friends.

Hit the Beaches

Chicago offers a long coastline along Lake Michigan, and in the hot summers, many take to the beaches. Here are some of the beaches you’ll want to hit up:

Oak Street Beach will get you in the mood for summer, with clear waters, a cool crowd, and volleyball games abound. Alternatively, for more quiet days to soak up the sun, check out Leone Beach Park. Montrose Beach and Rainbow Beach Park both offer WiFi, making them fun options for a group study session. Lastly, North Avenue Beach has a beach house with all-day activities.

Why Not Make a Day of It?

Navy Pier is one of the coolest spots for hanging out with friends and absorbing the Chicago vibe. This vibrant waterfront destination has plenty of public events, dining, fair games, rides, and even a funhouse. Oh – and, of course, a slew of eclectic shops, too.

Chicago also offers unique shopping experiences throughout the city. Be sure to check out:

Elite and boutique retailers line the metropolitan allure of North Michigan Avenue, which is fun to peruse, even if you’re only there for the atmosphere. Wicker Park and Logan Square are two other neighborhoods with a hip, Chicago feel. And if you’re looking for something different, the delightfully macabre and curious Wooly Mammoth is worth a gander. 

How About a Bite With Friends?

Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza. Here are the best restaurants for authentic, Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza:

Chicago French Market is also a lively place for strolling and picking up quick, gourmet bites from specialty kiosks.

What About the Parks?

There’s nothing better than spending the day at one of Chicago’s sprawling green areas. Be sure to check out these top Chicago parks:

At Infinite, we want your student years to be full of fun, purpose, and daily memories. Looking for more ideas to make this semester the best one yet? Be sure to check out our other fun blog posts.


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