Chicago in June

Chicago in June offers the first sign of summer, with sometimes rainy yet warm and pleasant temperatures. As it’s the first month of summer, many outdoor activities and festivals are ramping up, offering plenty of activities for visitors and locals.

Having grown up on the outskirts of Chicago, I can offer details as a local to this exciting city, such as what to pack, weather details, crowds, and more.

💡 Tip: Read our complete Chicago Summer Guide if you visit later (July or August!)

On rainy days, you can explore Chicago’s famous museums, view one of the theater shows, or sip a coffee in a cozy café.

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A Chicago River Sunset cruise is one of the must-do activities in June. Click on the image for details.

In this guide about Chicago in June you will learn

  • what to expect weatherwise
  • what to wear/outfits/packing list
  • tips for crowds and rates
  • the best things to do in June
  • the events in June (at the end of this article)

and more to help curate the best Chicago visit ever.

Tip: Make sure to read our complete guide about the best time to visit Chicago as well.

Is June a Good Time?

Chicago is beautiful during this month

June is one of the best times to visit Chicago, as the weather won’t get too hot like in the later summer months. Also, longer days allow you more time to see what the city offers. While crowds are picking up at this time, they are still fairly manageable.

It’s definitely not as busy compared to the high rates of visitors during July, August, and September.

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Weather

The average high temps in June

The average high temperature in Chicago in June is 80°F, about 10°F higher than May’s average. With an average rainfall of about nine days this month, you can expect pretty humid days.

While most days are not rainy, it’s best to bring a rain jacket to help you stay dry while sightseeing.

Temperatures and Overview

Average high temperatures in June:

  • Early June: 72°F (22°C)
  • Mid-June: 77°F (25°C)
  • Late June: 80°F (27°C)

Chicago in June weather is mostly pleasant with warm temperatures. The temperature ranges from 72°F to 80°F (22-27°C). As the month continues and the temperature rises, you’ll get a preview of the hot summer days you can expect in later months, like July and August. The average rainfall is 3.5 inches.

Bring a light jacket for a river cruise or when using the yellow water taxi. More ‘what to wear’ tips later.

Mornings in June offer slightly cooler temperatures, which are best for activities such as shopping at the local farmer’s markets. As the weather is shifting from spring to summer temperatures, mornings may be chilly for some people, so additional layers are necessary.

More about clothing later!

The weather is unpredictable in June in Chicago. Sometimes, we have days that are cooler and feel more spring-like. Other times, the days are summery with humid and hot temps that can reach 90°F, especially toward the end of the month.

Typical temperature progression during a day in June:

  • Morning (8 AM): 71°F
  • Afternoon (3 PM): 78°F
  • Evening (9 PM): 73°F

The weather and temperatures change rapidly this month, with some days offering different weather by the hour. As a Chicago native, I’ve learned always to plan a backup activity in June if the weather does not cooperate. At the very least, ensure you are near shops to stay dry if the weather becomes rainy.

Rainfall

During the month, the average rainfall decreases from 3.7″ to 3.3″. In June, the rain typically decreases as the temperature rises. As there are an average of nine rainy days in June, many Chicagoans will wear water-resistant or quick-drying shoes to get around the city, depending on the forecast.

Good to know: The rain in June is not too bad and it won’t spoil your trip during this wonderful travel month in my city.

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What to Wear

June’s warm yet sometimes rainy weather means you’ll need to pack water-resistant layers and shoes for your trip.

If you prefer to wear sneakers for walking, ensure they are water-resistant or quick-dry. Pack extra socks for activities, especially if you plan to wear sneakers on your trip.

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💡 During June in Chicago, you wear shorts, light pants or jeans, and t-shirts. Bring a light jacket or rain jacket if the weather prediction includes rain for the day. Most Chicagoans will wear a similar outfit during the month, with hotter days including tank tops, depending on personal preference and style.

Morning/Evening

In general, it’s a good idea to bring a light jacket for early morning or evening activities in June. While most mornings and nights are warm enough without layers for locals, visitors from warmer locations may need additional layers or light pants instead of shorts.

The average morning temperature is in the low 70s, which is a great time to go for a walk, jog, or exercise outside, as you won’t need to worry about getting too hot.

Usually, I bring a compact umbrella with me during the month as the rain seems to come out of nowhere some days. Though, I was caught off guard a few times and had to run for cover as I was too far from home. One time, I even had to jump into a store to purchase a rain jacket as the rainfall was too heavy.

Daytime

During the daytime in June, the weather is quite warm. Usually, you won’t need an extra layer unless it’s raining.

💡 Museums, grocery stores, theaters, and other popular indoor locations will have their air conditioning on high. Because of the major temperature difference from outside to inside, you may consider wearing light pants and a blouse or shirt to help the transition go more smoothly.

Otherwise, if you spend most of your day outside, you can opt for shorts, t-shirts, or tank tops during the day. On a rainy day I usually wear jeans.

Packing List for Chicago in June:

  • Waterproof jacket (helps you stay dry in the rain)
  • Waterproof boots/shoes (to avoid soggy feet while in the city)
  • Multiple pairs of socks
  • Comfortable sandals (to use during days with no expected rain)
  • Light sweaters/jackets (for cooler morning and evening temps)
  • Light, breathable pants
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts/tank tops & breathable shirts
  • Sundresses
  • Swimsuit, beach towel, sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses

Crowds

When visiting Chicago in June, you can expect decent crowds at events and attractions. You’ll particularly notice a lot of families with kids at this time, as schools usually let out for the summer at the end of May or the beginning of June. The crowds generally increase as the month continues, so expect to wait in lines for activities.

In June, outdoor and indoor activities are very popular. Outdoor events, such as concerts, bring in many individuals. Of course, rainy days will dictate whether outdoor or indoor activities are more crowded for the day.

The best way to minimize your wait time is to arrive a few minutes before attractions open. You’ll likely still need to wait in line, as other people will arrive early to avoid the crowds. However, you will be able to enter museums and events more quickly than if you arrive at peak visiting times.

💡 To avoid waiting in line book your tickets for the popular attractions and activities in advance! When booking any Chicago tour or activity (save the link!), you will receive a mobile voucher, which is very comfortable!

I have seen people waiting in line at 4:30 AM for Starbucks in Chicago. So, there’s no reason you won’t see crowds at popular attractions early in the morning!

Rates and Hotel Tips

The Blackstone, Autograph Collection is a remarkable and extraordinary 4-star hotel in Chicago. The location is superb. We loved this place! Click on the image for rates, reviews, and more (via booking.com)

The rates for hotels and flights are on the higher end in June, especially with many families traveling to the area. However, they are still more reasonable than rates seen in other summer months. Expect the rates to increase toward the end of the month as you get closer to July.

Rates are generally higher on the weekends, especially if a convention or holiday occurs. If budget is your primary concern, avoid booking a hotel and flight on Father’s Day weekend, as rates will be higher.

Our hotel tips for June with some of the best locations, so you can walk to the most intriguing places:

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Click on the image for rates, photos, and reviews via booking.com.

The staff is super friendly, our beds were very comfortable, everything was 100% clean and its location is perfect for a visit:  It is only 1 block away from Millennium Park and Navy Pier. You can walk easily to so many hot spots during the warm June weather.  It’s also quite close to Lake Michigan beach (20 minutes walk).

Trump International Hotel & Tower
The Trump. Click on the image for rates, photos, and reviews via booking.com.

This hotel offers spectacular views from every room! The view of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, or the city skyline is iconic. It’s simply the best location when visiting in June. Very comfortable from here to join a hop-on/off bus tour, walk along the river or to the Navy Pier, and walk to various restaurants and so many other area attractions.

The rooms are luxurious, and spacious, with everything you need.

Home2 Suites By Hilton | Budget Tip
Home2 Suites is our budget tip. Its location is excellent for winter visits. You are so close to ‘Mag Mile’. Click on the image for details, rates, and photos via booking.com. Thanks to Harry Carmichael for the photo.

This is our favorite budget hotel in Chicago for June! The location is excellent: It is located in Chicago’s River North district, a short walk from the Magnificent Mile’s (Mag Mile), shops, and restaurants. The Navy Pier, downtown, and the Chicago Loop are less than 15 minutes away.

Another thing we loved when we stayed there: You can prepare your own food in the room.

Things To Do

Tip: Make sure to grab the Chicago City Pass! It is 100% worth it and will save you a lot of money!

June is packed with fun musical festivals, such as Blues Fest, and other exciting Chicago June events, like Pride Fest. You’ll find plenty of activities to pursue in June, regardless of your interests.

I love June in Chicago, as you can participate in outdoor activities without worrying about overheating. Plus, many festivals and other similar events make the month fun and exciting. With longer days in sight, it’s a great time to check out the nightlife options or take an evening walk along Lake Michigan.

As a note, it’s best to avoid planning outdoor activities on Father’s Day weekend. During this time, activities like boat rides, golfing, etc., are more popular than usual, which causes larger crowds. If you plan a visit during this time, ensure you book restaurant reservations.

Below, you’ll find some of the best things to do and see while in Chicago.

Architecture River Cruise
  • When: Year-round | Perfect in June
  • Where: Corner of Michigan (DuSable) Bridge
  • Price: about $40 per person

June is the ideal time to ride on the Architecture River Cruise! The weather is perfect for viewing the buildings, as you won’t be too warm or cold.

Chicago River architecture tours are a must-see for anyone visiting Chicago for the first time and June has the perfect weather for a memorable cruise. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the city while floating along on a boat.

Tickets and more information can be found here: Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Tour. IMPORTANT: We highly recommend making a reservation in advance, as the cruises are very popular. However, you are free to try getting a ticket on short notice of course.

Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
  • When: Year-round
  • Where: 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Price: $19.62 per person for standard entry, $30.52 per person for express entry

The Centennial Wheel is one of the most iconic activities in Chicago and a must-do in June. This 200-foot Ferris wheel offers spectacular panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, and Navy Pier.

As it can be busier as usual during this month, please purchase the express tickets to jump to the front of the line. If you have children under the age of 2, they can ride for free.

Recommended tickets and more information can be found here: Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket.

Great for kids: Additionally, the Navy Pier itself is a great family destination with a variety of activities and attractions. It includes an interactive children’s museum, an IMAX theater, an amusement park, and a giant Ferris wheel.

There are also many restaurants, shops, and live entertainment venues to explore in June. Kids will love the fun attractions, rides, and entertainment available at Navy Pier.

Art Institute Tour
  • When: Year-round
  • Where: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
  • Price: $115.54 per person

On a rainy day in June, an Art Institute Tour is one of the best options. This tour will allow you to see the permanent and rotating exhibits in person.

If you’ve never experienced the Art Institute in Chicago, we highly recommend this tour in June. You’ll be able to recognize this famous building by the green lions that “guard” the exterior, which is also the meeting point for the tour.

Inside, you’ll be guided through sections of the museum that are filled with paintings, sculptures, and other mediums by the likes of Picasso and Rembrandt. Purchase skip-the-line tickets (highly recommended) and find additional details here: Art Institute Tour.

Walking by Lake Michigan
  • When: Year-round
  • Where: Lakefront trail off Fullerton Avenue
  • Price: Free

In June, you’ll find many people walking, jogging, and bicycling along Lake Michigan. Remember to stay to the right to help avoid any collisions while enjoying the views.

The lake is stunning to see, but nothing beats walking along the lake nearby Navy Pier on a warm day during this month. This route allows you to view the famous Ferris wheel with the skyline of Chicago in the background.

We love this path as it will take you alongside the beach. You can walk, jog, or bike ride on this path.

The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour
  • When: Year-round, great in June
  • Where: 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Price: $18 per person

This tour of the Chicago Theatre Marquee is a perfect activity to try on a rainy afternoon in June. The tour lasts for 60 minutes and discusses the history of this building erected in 1921 as a movie theater.

Purchase tickets and find additional information here: The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour.

The Magic Parlour
  • When: Fridays + Saturdays year-round
  • Where: 17 E Monroe Street, Chicago IL 60603
  • Price: $79 per person

Take your family (12+ years old) to view a show at The Magic Parlour in Chicago in June. They offer fantastic magic shows! You’ll find a fancy yet intimate setting inside as only 50 people can view shows at a time.

There is a dress code for the shows, which is noted as cocktail attire. Expect to be called up on stage at any point during the show. The magician (Dennis Watkins) has been featured on larger TV channels like FOX, ABC, and WGN.

Find more information and purchase tickets here: The Magic Parlour Chicago.

Museum of Science and Industry

  • When: Year-round | Great in June
  • Where: 213 W Institute Pl, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Price: $10 entry fee

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is fun to explore science on a rainy June day! With so many interactive exhibits and unforgettable experiences, exploring the museum might take more than one day.

Great for kids: The Museum of Science and Industry offers a fun and educational experience for kids. It features interactive exhibits, live science demonstrations, and a variety of programs and workshops. Kids will enjoy exploring the different galleries, learning about science and technology, and attending the many fun activities the museum has to offer.

What’s so cool about this museum? Stand inside a tornado, experience the world’s largest pinball machine, climb into a real-life WWII submarine, explore a coal mine, get lost in a mirror maze, and more intriguing things.

Field Museum of Natural History
  • When: Year-round | Great in June
  • Where: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Price: $26 ticket (subject to change)

Like the Art Institute, this is a great rainy-day activity. Please purchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line for an hour or so.

The museum holds over 35 world-renowned natural history exhibitions. Explore the subterranean life in the Underground Adventure exhibit. Experience the gemstones in the Hall of Gems and one of the largest collections of Chinese jade in North America in the Hall of Jades.

Great for kids: The Field Museum is a great place to take the kids to learn about natural history. It has a variety of exhibits, including dinosaur fossils, ancient artifacts, and cultural displays. Don’t forget to check out the Ice Age mammoth hunters and the temples of the Aztecs. Finally, visit the Dinosaur Hall Evolving Planet exhibit.

Your kids will love it!

360 Observation Deck
  • When: Tours available throughout the year
  • Where: 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Price: $30 per person

If you spend only a few days in Chicago in June, the 360 Observation Deck is a must-visit. Soaring 1,000 feet over Chicago’s legendary Michigan Avenue, 360 is one of Chicago’s most impressive attractions.

Tickets to skip the line (recommended) for a faster entry: 360 Observation Deck – Skip the Ticket Desk.

Field Museum of Natural History

On days when temperatures rise to 90°F, visiting the Field Museum of Natural History is a great way to take a break from the heat.

Events

June is a month full of highly attended and very popular events in Chicago. One such event is the Gay Pride Chicago. This event runs every year in June. A large parade occurs as a final event to the activities that run over the weekend.

The Gay Pride Chicago event lasts for two days. Certain streets are shut down in the Boystown neighborhood to accommodate this event. You can find delectable street food and live music here. Of course, there are also delicious drinks being served.

The Chicago Blues Festival also happens in June. This event tends to be very crowded, but it’s worth it. You’ll be able to hear excellent blues music in Millenium Park.

The best part is that the concerts are free. The available music ranges from gospel to rock and even R&B. The stage is located in a field – ask any local, and they’ll be able to point it out.

If you’re planning on staying to enjoy the concerts for a while, make sure to bring a foldable chair and some snacks/drinks. This is a highly anticipated event each year so get there as early as possible for optimal seating.

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