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Tapas is a must in any season, and Tapas 24 is a great place to try some of the classics and as well as some more adventurous bites.
What's summer in Barcelona without taking advantage of beachfront dining? Aqua is a great place to have a leisurely lunch washed down with sangria, all while watching the waves break.
The colorful corner of the city is alive with traditional festivals, the scents of exotic spices, and a cacophony of dialects emanating from busy dumpling houses and noodle shops. Whether you come for the dim sum or the dragon boat races, this is a culturally rich section of Chicago worth exploring.
The locale for the historic Ravinia Festival concert series (the oldest outdoor concert in the States), and an excellent place to while away a long summer evening, with a soundtrack by artists as diverse as Melissa Etheridge, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Grab a table on the patio for some excellent people watching as you quaff some vino and nibble on pizzas and small plates.
Live La Dolce Vita, at least for the night, at Chicago's deservedly popular Italian restaurant. Salads and antipasti are perfect lighter choices for a hot day, but deeper hunger pangs are more than satisfied by the classic yet modern primi and secondi.
This boutique hotel has a popular rooftop bar as well, perfect for summer evenings and weekend afternoons.
The seat of the Roman Catholic church is full of precious art and soaring ceilings (not least the Sistine Chapel) sure to spark meditation on the vast glory of the world, and our relatively small size within it.