Spring in Chicago: Top Ten Ways to Celebrate the Season

Spring in Chicago: Top Ten Ways to Celebrate the Season
Tulips in Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park celebrate the spring awakening

It’s finally spring in Chicago. You can feel it, smell it, see it and even taste it. Don’t let this elusive season pass you by.

Spring in Chicago is short and sweet. You have to be quick on your feet to catch it. If the sun is out and the temperature is heading north of 50 degrees, stop whatever you are doing and get outside to feel the wind at your back and the sun in your face–with or sans the sun screen.

Ride a Segway

Chicago Segway offers a variety of tours.

Chicago Segway offers a variety of tours.

Be a kid again, no matter what your age. This easy to maneuver device is an awesome way to feel the wind in your face as you enjoy the city as it springs back to life. Click here, to check them out.

Get Out on the Roof

Outdoor dining at Drumbar

Outdoor dining at Drumbar

Chicago’s many rooftop restaurants and bars are either open or will be open by early May. Have a drink, an appetizer or dinner and breathe in the spring air at one or more of Chicago’s rooftops including: Epic, Terrace at Trump and The Roof at the Wit.

Rent a Divvy


Sure you may have your own bike, but rent one of those cute little blue numbers. You’ll find them all over town. Easy, peasy…just pick one up along the way and drop it off at your destination. Click here, to learn more.

Take a Tour

Folks on a Chicago Detours historic walking tour

Folks on a Chicago Detours historic walking tour

Despite the name, tours aren’t just for tourist. Chicago offers every imaginable kind of tour from historic bar tours, neighborhood tours, architectural tours, gangster tours, food tours, on-location tours and more from a variety of vendors including Chicago Detour Tours, Chicago Food Planet, Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co and others.

Get Out on the Water

No promises that Tommy Hawk will be on board but still a great ride at a great price

No promises that Tommy Hawk will be on board but still a great ride at a great price

If you take the train to Ogilvie or Union station, skip the bus and hop on a water taxi—even if it doesn’t let you off exactly where you are headed–walk the rest of the way and enjoy the spring morning. OR, if you are already in town, pick up a water taxi by the Wrigley Building and take it all the way to Chinatown for lunch. Many other choices are available from a whole line-up of speed rides, sails and cruises from Navy Pier to private charters.

Get Out and About in a New Neighborhood


Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, 77 at last count. If your go to neighborhood is River North or Pilsen–get away from the familiar and explore a new neighborhood. Try Greektown, Little Italy, Andersonville, Hyde Park or any of the other neighborhoods listed above. Stop in a local restaurant, hopefully with an outdoor space, do some window shopping and check out the art and architecture unique to each neighborhood.

Go to a Spring Festival


Chicago’s “summer” festival season kicks off in May with the likes of the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Little Village, the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor and Polish Fest at Copernicus Center to name three.  Want more, check out Show Me Chicago’s list of more than 100 Chicago festivals, events and parades coming tomorrow, April 11.

Go to a baseball game

It doesn't get much better than this--a sunny day in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.

It doesn’t get much better than this–a sunny day in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.

Watch the ivy come into bloom on the Wrigley Field walls as you check out an early spring game or cuddle under a 1983 Chicago White Sox Fleece Blanket (free to the first 20,000 fans at Saturday, April 12, 1:10 p.m. vs. Cleveland game) at the Cell.  Not a fan of the majors, then head to a little league or high school game—you’ll be glad you did.

Walk the Walk


Get out on the Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park to take in all the sights and sounds of spring, then stop by the adjoining Lincoln Park Zoo and say hello to your animal friends.

Hit the beach


Spring at the beach is a very special season. You can play a game of sand volleyball without getting hot and sweaty. You can spread out a blanket, have a picnic and not worry so much about all the bodies around you or the ants, bees and biting flies.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, savor Spring in Chicago before it is just a distant memory.

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