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A Bird’s Eye View Of Chicago Is Amazing! [Video]

A bird’s eye view of Chicago?

We’ll take it!

In case you were wondering where you need to be this Spring/Summertime, the answer is…Chicago! Soaring Badger Productions took the time to film Chicago at a bird’s eye view and the outcome is stunning.

We know that whoever comes to visit this amazing city completely falls in love. But then again, who wouldn’t? Those who haven’t traveled to Chicago are dreaming to visit and that’s understandable. If you haven’t been to the Windy City, you’re in luck because this video shows all of the best parts of Chicago during its prime season – summer time!

…And you all wonder why we take on the cold weather for 6 months. It’s worth it as soon as it starts to warm up. There’s so much to do! From the beaches to the rooftop bars, boredom is never an issue.

Check out the Chicago River, Northerly Island, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field, Field Museum, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier Fireworks, 31st Street Beach/lake front, Lake Shore Drive, I-94 Expressway, West Town Neighborhood, Millenium Park and many more beautiful Chicago landscapes in the video above.

The grass is green and the flowers are blooming. We’re ready for what the warm season has in store for us!

For those of you who enjoy the cold winters,Soaring Badger Productions created a bird’s-eye view video especially for you! You can view the bird’s-eye view video of Chiberia here.

What are some of your favorite parts of Chicago? We would love to hear in the comments below.

Speaking of summertime Chicago: Are you looking for the best rooftop bars to visit with friends/family? Check out our exclusive Preview Chicago video on the top bars with a view here.

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Drink, Eat

10 New Spots for Patio Season in Chicago

Summers in Chicago may be short, but the city’s patio scene is vibrant. From high rise rooftops to neighborhood patios, Chicago is home to a variety of cool outdoor spots to enjoy. We’ve rounded up 10 new outdoor places to visit, when you’re in the mood to take your food, drinks and revelry al fresco.

 

Here’s a look at new outdoor patios in Chicago for 2017…

 

Noyane

Chic, upscale spot offering Japanese fare and cocktails atop the Conrad Hilton hotel with sweeping city views. (Noyane, 101 E. Erie Street)

Little Toasted

The space spans 3,000 square feet and it’s the same minimalist aesthetic used at parent restaurant, Slightly Toasted. There’s also an outdoor patio overlooking the river with seating for 250. (Little Toasted, 300 S. Riverside Plaza)

Cindy’s

Cindy’s has been a hotspot for the past few years and recently unveiled the addition of a new outdoor terrace bar, where guests can enjoy a selection of rosés, rotating large format cocktails, and boozy popsicles. (Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave)

Boleo

Located in The Loop, Boleo is a chic South American-inspired rooftop restaurant and cocktail lounge with a retractable roof. Guests can also enjoy Latin music every Wednesday through Saturday. (Boleo, 122 W. Monroe)

Cabana Club

Casual and hip hangout in Wicker Park. Here you’ll find an 180-degree view of the skyline, Mexican-inspired fare, and a full bar. (Cabana Club, 2018 W. North Ave)

LondonHouse

LondonHouse offers some of the most spectacular views of Chicago. Overlooking the Chicago River and city skyline, visiting the LH Rooftop is a one-of-a-kind experience. (LondonHouse, 85 E. Wacker Drive)

Mahalo

Bask in the sun at this Hawaiian-themed restaurant and rooftop in Wicker Park. Come for weekend brunch or weekday happy hour, featuring summery cocktails like margaritas and Mai Tais. (Mahalo, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave)

AIRE

24 floors above The Hyatt Centric, AIRE offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy craft cocktails, wine, beer and small bites at this rooftop in Chicago’s Loop. (AIRE, 100 W. Monroe St.)

Broken English

If you dig Mexican food and a more casual environment, head to Broken English. The new patio in Lincoln Park serves killer tacos and margaritas, plus it’s pet friendly. (Broken English, 2576-2580 N. Lincoln Ave)

Apogee

Set atop the Dana Hotel, the newly re-designed rooftop serves up creative cocktails, city views, couches and fire pits, plus rotating DJs. (Apogee, 2 W. Eerie St.)

 

Which spot do you want to visit most? Tell us your favorite Chicago rooftop or patio below!

 

 

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Neighborhood Guide

Which Summer Flowers are Blooming Near You?

Each neighborhood has its signature look: Uptown is jazzy and colorful, Wicker Park is classy and artsy, and the South Loop is contemporary and cool. With so much variety, it’s only natural that the city is inhabited by neighborhood-distinct foliage as well. From one area to the next, flowers help define the vibe for the summer festivities.

 

Lincoln Park has Hydrangeas.

Hydrangeas

These are no ordinary flowers. The hydrangeas that line the residential sidewalks in LP can grow several feet tall, with blooms the size of your head. The best part? From dark plum to pale blue, these flowers provide Lincoln Park with beautiful color all summer long.

Edgewater is known for its Bleeding Hearts.

Hearts

The shady gardens near Hollywood Beach, also known as Osterman Beach or Ardmore Beach, provide the perfect light for these dramatic flowers.

Pilsen is overflowing with Sundrops.

Sundrop

Sundrops give this already colorful neighborhood even more to smile about. It’s hard not to feel sunny while gazing at these buttery little flowers that also attract some spectacular butterflies.

Roscoe Village is marked by Alliums.

Alliums

A member of the onion family, these flowers usually bloom in mid June, but this year in Roscoe Village they’re cropping up early. These medium-sized purple bulbs prefer drier soil, and the village’s relative distance from the lake helps them thrive.

Hyde Park has an abundance of Knockout Roses.

Roses

The University of Chicago campus is absolutely brimming with these hearty, gorgeous pink flowers. The bright, shadeless areas help these fragrant and fast-growing beauties bloom all the way through autumn.

 

Chicago offers the best of both worlds: industrial lines and abundant greenery. Whether it’s daisies or tulips, hydrangeas or bleeding hearts, our city is bursting at the seams with flowers, and the summer’s just begun!

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