5 Final Summer Outings Not To Miss in the Chicago Southland
By Carrie Steinweg published August 25, 2023
Those fleeting summer days have been flying by. Kids have returned to school. The sun is setting sooner. The temps are dipping lower at night. Summer is on its way out, but it isn’t gone yet. Take advantage of these dwindling days of summer while you still can. Here are 5 ways to spend those final summer days in the Chicago Southland:
Play Disc Golf
If you haven’t tried out this exciting sport, make time to get out to explore the more than 170 holes of disc golf spread throughout the Chicago Southland. There are some small nine-hole courses that are perfect for beginners. Most of them can be visited for free. If you are an avid player, you’ll find professionally-rated courses at some of the parks. For more information, visit https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/blog/Disc-Golf.
Plan a Picnic
Visit Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanical Gardens for a leisurely picnic by the water. Bring a basket and blanket and spread out and enjoy nature for the afternoon. Follow up your meal by exploring the gardens. Learn more at https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/324/LAKEKATHERINENATURECENTERBOTANICGARDENS.
Ride Your Bike
The Chicago Southland is home to hundreds of miles of paved bike trails. Grab your helmet and water bottle and map out a day of riding with some fun stops along the way. Learn more about the Old Plank Road Trail, Cal-Sag Trail and more at https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/blog/BringYourBike.
From little out of the way ponds to larger, stocked lakes, you’ll find just the right spot in the Chicago Southland to snag your perfect catch. Dig out those poles and lures and don’t let another pleasant day pass you by without heading out to throw a line in the water. Find a list of some of the Chicago Southland's fishing spots at https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/blog/Fishing-Spots.
Visit a Farmers Market
The season is winding down for farmers markets. Get out and make your way around to some of the seasonal outdoor markets in the region to get your last taste of that summer produce! Farmers’ tables are bursting now with ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, melons and more. Stock up on the freshest stuff while you still can. Find a listing of markets in the Chicago Southland at https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/blog/FarmersMarkets2023.