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When temps can't go any higher and the sun lingers into the night, Chicagoans come out of the woodwork to enjoy summer like no one else. Sidewalks are dotted with maxi-dresses, espadrilles, and floppy hats — all those fun items stashed in the back of our closets, reserved only for these three precious months. And if there's one thing this city does right in the summer, it's nightlife. From rooftop lounges to sidewalk patios, the city is stocked with restaurants and bars serving inventive cuisine and summer cocktails, such as spiked snow cones and killer margaritas. They pretty much beg for shorter workdays, longer weekends, and — we admit — a little day-drinking.
It’s not that we’re saying we do summer better than other cities, it's that...no, we are — we're saying exactly that. And with fall quickly approaching, it’s time to enjoy these last few weeks while we have them. So, grab your gladiators and sunnies, and get yourself to one of these 15 must-try hot spots.
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