Illinois July 05, 2017
12 Things Every True Illinoisan Does In The Summer
Summer in the Midwest is no joke, and Illinois is no exception to the hot weather and frightening storms that make our warm months memorable. To beat the heat and shake those lingering winter blues, Illinoisans know what they have to do.
Keep scrolling for 12 things every Illinoisan does in the summer to make sure you’re doing it right.
1. Visit the beach
I mean, when else are you going to go? Summer is the only time our state gets hot enough to make the water good for swimming. Illinoisans wait all year for when they can bask on the beach again.
Don't miss 10 gorgeous Illinois beaches.
2. Go to festivals
3. Take a family vacation
4. Go see fireworks
Our lovely state is riddled with nature preserves, parks, and prairies that are full of walking trails. No matter your skill level, there are a plethora of different forests to explore that get you up and close with nature.
Check out 10 Illinois hiking trails.
6. Take a romantic getaway
Summer lovin' is best when it's enjoyed at a gorgeous hotel or luxury resort. Weddings, anniversaries, and more are often celebrated this time of year, and Illinoisans know all the best places to take their lovers.
Click here for eight romantic resorts in Illinois.
7. Eat ice cream
We're not saying this is a summer-only indulgence, but this is the time of year all the little local places open up. Cones, sundaes, shakes, and more homemade treats can be found in every town across the whole state.
Click here for 20 Illinois ice cream shops.
8. Go on a road trip
9. Fly a kite
Nothing is more iconic to Midwest summers than kite flying. No matter how old or young you are, you'll be awed by soaring spectacles of all shapes and sizes.
Check out this Illinois kite festival.
10. Swim at a waterpark
Anyone who spent their youth in Illinois is familiar with at least one waterpark. Some go crazy for adventure on the water slides while others love chilling in the lazy river or going with the flow of the wave pool.
Click here for 15 blissful waterparks in Illinois.
11. Go camping
For many, getting back to the outdoors is the best part of summer, and there's no better way to truly experience it than to spend the night under the stars. Whether you like to go deep into the woods for peace and quiet or enjoy a community atmosphere, Illinois has it all.
Learn how you can camp on an Illinois beach.
12. ...or GLAMPing
Illinoisans know that the best way to enjoy The Great Outdoors is to do it in style and luxury. From cabins with indoor plumbing to treehouses with kitchens, we sometimes like to enjoy all the comforts of home when we camp.
Check out this secluded Illinois glampground.
For more fun activities, check out
10 things you should do in Illinois this summer.
What’s your favorite summer activity? Share your traditions with us!