Things to do in spring in Chicago

Along with above-freezing temps come Easter celebrations, beer festivals and more of the best things to do this season

Photograph: Max Herman

Spring in Chicago means a few things: Overzealous attempts at outdoor dining, dusting off your bike and a whole lot of mud—for starters. As the weather tips above freezing, Chicago slowly creaks back to life, shaking off months of Netflix-facilitated hibernation. It's easy to do with a killer lineup of concerts, the beginning of street festival season and opportunities to catch gorgeous flowers in bloom. It may not be beach season just yet, but these warmer months give Chicagoans tons of excuses to get outside. Our complete guide to spring in Chicago will help you take advantage of this fantastic season.



The best things to do in spring

Hit up the best spring events in Chicago
Things to do

Hit up the best spring events in Chicago

We're itching to shake off our cabin fever and jump into spring

Take advantage of Chicago's amazing parks
Things to do

Take advantage of Chicago's amazing parks

The 8,000-plus acres that comprise Chicago parks are welcome oases of calm 

Get rowdy on St. Patrick’s Day

Get rowdy on St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Pat's Day in Chicago with two huge parades

Skip town for the day
Travel

Skip town for the day

These 13 day trips from Chicago are affordable, fun and diverse

Drink up at a beer festival
Bars

Drink up at a beer festival

Doesn't beer taste so much better when you're outside?

Stretch your legs on the 606
Things to do

Stretch your legs on the 606

Ready to explore? Here's our complete guide to everything you'll find along this elevated path

Explore town on these awesome Chicago tours
Things to do

Explore town on these awesome Chicago tours

Including by foot, bike, boat, bus, trolley, kayak or Segway

Party at a street festival
Things to do

Party at a street festival

Looking for things to do this weekend? There's a festival for that

Shop for flowers at the best florists in Chicago
Shopping

Shop for flowers at the best florists in Chicago

We'll direct you to that perfect bouquet

Go on a day trip with the family
Kids

Go on a day trip with the family

Take the kiddos out of town for the day on one of these fun excursions 

Be the best Chicagoan you can be
News

Be the best Chicagoan you can be

From getting more active to thinking warm thoughts, this season makes us better Chicagoans

Things to do on a rainy day in Chicago
Things to do

Things to do on a rainy day in Chicago

There's no reason to get the rainy day blues in Chicago

Spring monthly calendars

March 2018 events calendar
Things to do

March 2018 events calendar

April 2018 events calendar
Things to do

April 2018 events calendar

May 2018 events calendar
Things to do

May 2018 events calendar

June 2018 events calendar
Things to do

June 2018 events calendar

Spring holidays

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
Things to do

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Watch as the Chicago River turns green and the parade marches through Grant Park

Easter events in Chicago
Things to do

Easter events in Chicago

Celebrate with Easter egg hunts, Easter bunny vists, brunches and more

Spring concert guide

March concert calendar
Music

March concert calendar

April concert calendar
Music

April concert calendar

May concert calendar
Music

May concert calendar

June concert calendar
Music

June concert calendar

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