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Springtime Activity Guide

⁣Revel in Chicago's blooming parks, architectural wonders, and lakeside allure while creating a perfect symphony of urban exploration and seasonal delight.

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1. Walk Amongst the Masters

Spend a day touring one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States! The Art Institute of Chicago houses an extensive collection, including famous works by artists like Grant Wood, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat. Reenact the scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or unwind in the tranquil gardens.


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2. Change Your Perspective with a River Architecture Cruise

Experience Chicago's stunning architecture from a different perspective by taking an architectural boat tour along the Chicago River. Spring offers a refreshing breeze as you glide past iconic structures such as the Willis Tower, Wrigley Building, and Marina City.⁣

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3. Pop A Wheelie

Enjoy the lakeside breeze by renting a bike and cruising along the Lakefront Trail! This scenic path offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, the city skyline, and various parks. Spring is an ideal time to appreciate the blooming flowers and greenery along the trail.⁣

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4. Batter Up!

Embrace the spirit of Chicago by catching a Cubs or White Sox game at Wrigley Field or Guaranteed Rate Field, respectively. The energy in the ballpark, combined with the pleasant spring weather, makes for a quintessential Chicago experience.⁣

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5. Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My

Spend a day at the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the country. Entrance is free, and spring is an excellent time to see baby animals. The zoo's lush gardens and green spaces provide a delightful setting for a leisurely walk.⁣

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6. Soak Up the Sun on Navy Pier

Head to Navy Pier for a mix of entertainment, dining, and scenic views of Lake Michigan. Take a ride on the Centennial Wheel, explore the Chicago Children's Museum, or simply relax by the water. Navy Pier often hosts events and festivals during the spring season.