Summertime Chi Favorites from the MOI Staff

Considering that the staff at the Museum of Illusions love to have tiny dance parties and Western-style shootouts with spray bottles, it should come as no surprise to hear they’re pretty fun folks. I checked with some of them to find out what they like to do during the summer when they’re not helping guests. Take a look and get some activity ideas for your summer from the fun pros!

Taste of Chicago

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John-Christian recommends checking out Taste of Chicago, a huge festival held this year from July 7 to July 11. John-Christian says, “The Taste lives up to its namesake, giving you a sample of all the different cuisines available to you in the city. You could even find a new favorite restaurant! And the live music is the cherry on top.” This year, the city is playing it safe with this event and keeping the modified Taste To-Go format, meaning there will be pop up events all over the city with food, cooking demonstrations, music, and more!


H Mart

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Shay and Sydney have been friends for years, and enjoy going together to H Mart in the West Loop. H Mart is a Korean-American supermarket chain that offers a wide variety of imported foods and goods. No wonder they make regular trips and scoop up something tasty to make together! If this appeals to you, check out the Argyle Night Market as well. Held on Thursday evenings in July and August, the Argyle Night Market is part street festival, part market, and offers the best in local restaurants and cultural performances.

Millenium Park Summer Film Series

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Our Assistant Manager, Kelly, gives a shout out to the always-excellent Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Grab some chairs or a blanket, some snacks and a friend and head to the Pritzker Pavilion for a free movie. They always include kid-friendly flicks on the schedule too!

Want a unique movie experience, but need to beat the heat? Zach says the 4DX experience at the City North Regal Cinemas is wild! You will sit in motion enabled seating that will quite literally move you along with the story. Elements in the movie, like the weather, will be simulated around you as well! Check out their website to learn more about this part-movie, part-rollercoaster experience!


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Our Manager Jason reminds us it’s not really a Chicago summer without a ballgame. He enjoys coming into the city with his family for either the Sox or the Cubs, but notes that Wrigleyville has plenty to do before or after the game! If you’re visiting from out of town, regardless of being a sports fan, seeing a game is the best way to experience some Chicago hometown pride. Just don’t get lost in the ivy! Click through for the schedules and tickets for the Cubs and the White Sox.


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Josh is glad things are opening back up so he can join his friends at Chicago’s beercades! Yes, that means an arcade, plus a bar! Depending on the neighborhood you’re in, you can choose from Emporium, Replay, or Headquarters, all of which have vintage video and pinball games, and amazing drink selections. Replay specializes in bourbon. Headquarters sets itself apart with free gameplay. Emporium has multiple, nostalgia-inducing locations. Take your pick and press start!

Off Color Brewing

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Turns out, Josh and I think alike. Hi! I’m Elise. I write for the museum’s website and I’m here to recommend an incredible ex-beer-ience. Off Color Brewing is a local Chicago brewery whose products are anything but average. From a dry hopped lager brewed in honor of Sue the T-Rex (Tooth and Claw) to a margarita-like Gose (Beer for Tacos) to a s’mores-inspired Imperial Russian Stout (Dino S’mores) you’re sure to find a fun adventure for your tastebuds. Their taproom, called the Mousetrap, offers both indoor and patio seating. If you sip something you like, you’ll be able to purchase some bottles and cans for later, too. Take a peek at the menu before you go so you’re not overwhelmed by the delicious possibilities!

Once you’ve tried all these, consider our beautiful beaches and parks, or our neighborhood farmers’ markets, or one of many music festivals, or after-hours events at our world-class museums. Maybe snag a ticket and come see us at the Museum of Illusions during our extended summer hours. As you take in our re-opened city, enjoy responsibly and remember to reapply your sunscreen!