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Things to do in spring in Chicago

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

Photograph: Courtesy of the Chicago Park District
Lincoln Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show

Spring in Chicago means a few things: Over-zealous attempts at outdoor dining, dusting off your bike, and a whole lot of mud, for starters. As the weather gets above freezing, Chicago slowly creaks back to life. With more concerts, street festivals and blooming flowers, the warmer months give Chicagoans tons of excuses to get outside. Here are the best ways to take advantage of spring in Chicago. 

The best things to do in spring

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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

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Where to see spring flowers in Chicago
Things to do

Where to see spring flowers in Chicago

Watch our parks and gardens grow lush

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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

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Spend the day away from Chicago
Travel

Spend the day away from Chicago

Spring is the perfect time to take a day trip to a smaller, nearby city

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Stretch your legs on the 606

Stretch your legs on the 606

Get out and enjoy this West Side trail with a run or a bike ride

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Drink up at a beer festival
Bars

Drink up at a beer festival

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

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Go on a wildflower hike
News

Go on a wildflower hike

Find gorgeous prairie wildflowers before they're gone for the summer

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

Things to do on a rainy day in Chicago

Don't get the bad weather blues

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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

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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 

Spring holidays

St. Patrick's Day
Things to do

St. Patrick's Day

Easter
Things to do

Easter

Mother's Day
Things to do

Mother's Day

Spring concert guide

March concert calendar
Music

March concert calendar

Bon Jovi, Jenny Lewis and Ween

April concert calendar
Music

April concert calendar

Jeff Tweedy, The Flaming Lips and Bastille 

May concert calendar
Music

May concert calendar

The Weeknd, the xx and Ty Segall

June concert calendar
Music

June concert calendar

U2, Do Division, and Chicago Blues Festival

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