August may be one of Chicago's hottest months but it is still full of fun events. There is a street festival each weekend; Lollapalooza at Grant Park; fireworks at Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday evenings, and Jammin' at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Temperatures in August average 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Check out our list of top things to do this August in Chicago. More events to be added so check back often.
Lollapalooza - August 2 - 4, 2013: Lollapalooza comes back to Chicago's Grant Park in August.
Chicago Air & Water Show - August 16 - 18, 2013: Considered to be the oldest and largest show of its kind in the country, Chicago's Air & Water Show attracts millions of spectators each year and features several high-flying acts, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Bill Stein Airshows Zivko Edge 540. The Air & Water show also features water-based performers including the Chicago Fire Department Air and Sea Rescue Team. (Note: As of press time, the Blue Angels, Army Golden Knights and the Air Force Thunderbirds are all being grounded because of the federal sequester (budget cuts) that took effect earlier this year. Air & Water Show officials plan to hold the event as planned, but they admit it might be a bit smaller this year.)
Taste of Tall Ships - All Summer 2013: Enjoy dockside boarding, sail aways, and more abroad Tall Ship Windy at Navy Pier. Also check out the annual Tall Ships at Navy Pier August 7 - 11. The event includes an international fleet of 14 Tall Ships during the five-day festival. Visitors can walk the festival grounds to view the Tall Ships, board a Tall Ship for a dockside tour, or "get a taste of life at sea" with a sail-away cruise on select Tall Ships. Tickets to Tall Ships start at $5. (Wonder what a Tall Ship is? A Tall Ship is a large traditionally rigged sailing vessel. It can be a schooner, ketch, sloop, barque, brigantine, barquentine, or a full-rigged ship depending on the number of masts and the cut of the sails. Traditional rigged may include square rigs and gaff rigs with separate topmasts and topsails.
Jammin' at the Zoo - August Date Cancelled: Each summer, the Lincoln Park Zoo puts on its Jammin' at the Zoo concert series, which features bands once a month in June, July, and August. However this year, Jammin' at the Zoo is only in June and July. There will be no August performance.
SummerDance in Grant Park - Through September 15, 2013: This free dance series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing on a 4,900 square-foot, open-air dance floor made out of 100% recycled materials.
Labor Day Weekend - September 2, 2013: Technically, Labor Day is not the end of summer (that day occurs on September 21) but it is when things start to wind down in Chicago. The parks and beaches are less crowded, and many of Chicago's street festivals and outdoor concerts come to an end. Check out our top picks for things to do in Chicago Labor Day weekend. More events will be added so check back often.
Remember: Take in the city’s 26-mile lakefront along Lake Michigan by spending the day at one of Chicago’s 23 swimming beaches, which are open through September 2. Admission is free and open to the public, with lifeguards on duty from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. Enjoy a number of other outdoor activities including biking and running along the 18-mile long lakefront trail, as well s fishing, sand volleyball, soccer, and golf. You can also explore the 8,100 acres of green space that includes bird sanctuaries, nature conservatories, historic lagoons, and harbors.