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Enjoy 40+ Fun Spring Activities In The Windy City

Tulips Magnificent Mile Barry Butler Photography

Melting snow, lingering sunlight, and outdoor dining options are clear cues that spring in Chicago has arrived. There are plenty of fun spring activities to enjoy in Chicago and beyond. From mini-golf in downtown Chicago to long bike rides down the lakefront, spring is the break we all need from the long and hibernation-heavy months of winter.

Break out of your winter shell and into over 40 fresh and fun spring activities in Chicago.

Spring activities Chicago Botanic Garden The Haute Seeker
  1. Spot something new on a long bike ride through the city.
  2. Hit the great outdoors by hiking a nearby trail with a few adventurous friends.
  3. See tulips in bloom downtown on the Magnificent Mile.
  4. Catch an at-home game with your favorite Chicago baseball team. Go Cubbies or the White Sox!
  5. Catch a cool breeze with a walk or jog on the lakefront.
  6.  Take a scenic tour or casual booze cruise on Lake Michigan.
  7. Head to the South Side and see the cherry blossoms bloom.
  8. Venture overnight to a small town or cool city near you.
  9. Plan an eventful girl’s or guy’s weekend out in Chicago.
  10. Take a day trip to an Illinois nature preserve.
  11. Stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo.
  12. Adopt a pretty plant for your home from a local nursery.
  13. Check out an under-the-radar museum.
  14. Look for art in Chicago’s coolest neighborhoods.
  15. Shop for trendy threads at a local boutique.
  16. Enjoy rides, games, and entertainment at Navy Pier.
  17. Pass the time with a scenic drive through rural Illinois byways or backroads.
  18. Take social-worthy photos in one or all of the 77 neighborhoods.
  19. Sit and sip at a hip rooftop bar.
  20. Take a charming stroll on the Chicago Riverwalk.
  21. Elevate your outdoor run on the 606 Trail.
  22. Watch fowl in their natural habitat at the bird sanctuary at Montrose Beach.
  23. Laugh out loud to witty jokes at a local improv or comedy show.
  24. Top off your weekend with a bottomless and boozy brunch.
  25. See the best views in the city from Willis Tower and the John Hancock Tower.
  26. Travel back in time with a visit to the Pullman Historic Neighborhood.
  27. Add to your vinyl collection from a local record shop.
  28. Visit the birthplace of famous Chicagoans in Bronzeville.
  29. Shop on the famous ‘Magnificent Mile’.
  30. Grab your frozen treat to go from a pick-up window.
  31. Catch can’t miss art exhibitions in the city and beyond.
  32. Reserve a table for dinner on a sidewalk patio.
  33. Go house hunting for Gilded Age mansions in the South Loop.
  34. See the latest luxury fashions on Rush Street on the Gold Coast.
  35. Plan a spring break staycation at a swanky hotel in downtown Chicago.
  36. Arrange a romantic picnic in a hidden park or garden.
  37. Rummage through odd and mysterious trinkets at a quirky novelty shop.
  38. Peruse the spectacular selection of books at the Harold Washington public library.
  39. Play tourist and take a photo in front of the Cloud Gate (The Bean) at Millennium Park.
  40. Paddle a kayak down the Chicago River.
  41. Kick the season off with a unique indoor or outdoor festival
  42. Take a day trip to a neighboring town by train.
  43. Catch the spring show of a major Broadway play or neighborhood theater production.
  44. Support small businesses through for talented artists and makers.
  45. Play a round of mini-golf in Maggie Daley Park.
  46. Learn something new during a free Chicago museum day.

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