Chicago is a wonderful city in any season, but its riverside attractions, world-beating burgers, and inspiring architecture create a specific summertime cool. Looking to make the most of Chicago and its environs over the next few months? Here are some ways to do just that while preserving social distancing.

Sink Your Teeth into One of Chicago's Best Burgers

Grilling season has arrived, but it's also time to discover your new favorite to-go burger. You're spoilt for choice in Chicago—so, let Tripadvisor steer you in the right direction with their list of the finest. Among their recommendations is Burger Bar Chicago, which is currently “running a simplified but still delicious menu for pickup or delivery.” Or, if you'd prefer an American classic with a high-end twist, order for takeout or check out the new outdoor patio seating at Acadia. Known for their luxurious atmosphere, only true insiders know that Acadia’s House Provisions Burger is one of the hidden gems on the menu. Both destinations are sure to please, and are both within walking distance from your NEMA Chicago apartment.

Hit the Road for a Scenic Trip

As temperatures soar, you may feel compelled to shake off the city and gorge on some gorgeous scenery. While international travel is out, it's the ideal excuse to take some day trips, returning home to your NEMA Chicago luxury apartment afterwards. Wander the enchanting Anderson Japanese Gardens (make reservations in advance) in Rockford, then refresh yourself with a cold one from Prairie Street Brewing Company. Go for a cycle along the Capital City Trail, which winds through the forests and prairies around Lake Monona in Madison, WI. Or head to the “Fruit Belt” and Fennville, MI—for apple pie, cider, and rolling wildflower meadows.

Catch Some Air on the Chicago Riverwalk

Even closer to home, you can spend a day out on the Chicago Riverwalk. Soak up river views along the 1.25-mile path, perhaps pausing for a picnic on the leafy esplanade while reacquainting yourself with the city's most beautiful buildings. If you prefer to be on the water, book onto one of Chicago's many river cruises; those that are running again are doing so with enhanced health and safety procedures.

Go for a (Virtual) Dance... then Wind Down with a Daiquiri

Summer is a time for letting loose—and what better way to do it than by tripping the light fantastic? For obvious reasons, Chicago's SummerDance event can't take place as usual—but it's still going ahead in virtual form. On various dates in July, you can tune in to a 30-minute dance lesson, followed by one hour of music performed live by local artists (think Bollywood, salsa, swing, among others). Gather safely with a small group of family and friends in your and lose yourself to Latin rhythms and house beats. Afterward, cool off on your apartment’s balcony with a handcrafted strawberry daiquiri.

Although this summer may feel different than most, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore our neighborhood and take in all that the South Loop has to offer. NEMA Chicago’s ideal location allows residents to enjoy many creative and exciting happenings! Learn more about life in the South Loop, and schedule your tour of NEMA Chicago today.