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Chicago Spring Bucket List

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Incessantly checking the weather for any sunny day ☀️

Published March 11, 2020

Dust off your denim jackets and pack away the snow brush because spring is HERE people!!! Springtime in Chicago means unpredictable weather, late-night ice cream at Jeni’s, and the start of patio season!

Between weekly festivals, the start of baseball season, and the reopening of farmers markets, it’s time to blow away the winter gloom and take in everything that the city has to offer during springtime.

Beer Under Glass

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Grab a glass and try drinks from over 100 different domestic breweries while being transported to the tropics, the desert, the jungle and more. Not only will you find your new favorite IPA (and pick out the perfect succulent for your living room), you’ll also be supporting Garfield Park Conservatory and the Illinois Craft Brew scene.

When: Friday, May 10. 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory at 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624

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Catch A Cubs Game

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When: First game March 26, first HOME game March 30
Where: Wrigley Field

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Bacontreprenur (noun): a person who operates a business that incorporates, creates, and/or celebrates bacon; often found in mass quantities at Chicago’s Baconfest. This event is for serious bacon fans who want to taste the best bacon-filled dishes and cocktails while getting access to local craft bacon and bacon-related products.

When: Saturday, April 18
Where: UIC Dorin Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt

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Stroll The 606 Trail

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When the sun comes out during spring in Chicago, it’s imperative to spend as much time outside as possible. The 606 trail, an old railroad track that Chicago has since turned into a gorgeous elevated greenway, is the perfect place for a casual stroll, bike ride or little picnic in the park.

Where: Bloomingdale Trail and Park at 1805 N Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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See What’s in Bloom At The Macy’s Flower Show

Springtime is all about fresh blossoms, and this year Macy’s Flower Show is taking their floral design talents under the sea. The designers were inspired by aquatic beauty, coral reefs, and underwater creatures to produce the “Voyage to Oceanum” flower show.

When: Sunday, March 22 – April 5
Where: Macy’s at 111 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60602

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Shop Local At The Made In Chicago Market

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Discover local Chicago artists, freshen up your wardrobe for the new season, and represent our great city in your home with some festive décor. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a little something for everyone at the Made in Chicago Market. Bonus, there will be food, like local mobile mac & cheese pop-up, Mac Dynamite (drool).

When: Saturday, April 18. 11am – 5pm
Where: Bridge 410, 410 N Paulina

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Swirl and Sip at Chicago Wine Fest

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Find your new favorite wine after trying dozens while enjoying bites and some live music at this annual Wine Fest. Not a pour way to spend your Saturday. 
Pro Tip: Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, as they tend to sell out early!

When: Saturday, May 16
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, Regenstein Small Mammal – Reptile House and Foreman Pavilion at 2400 N Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

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Catch Art on The Mart from the River

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Art on the Mart, a free nightly visual light show on the side of the Merchandise Mart building, is back and better than ever for the spring and summer season. This year’s installations come from the Art Institute, Arts of Life, and the Adler Planetarium. You can catch the epic light show twice each night with accompanying audio located on the Chicago Riverwalk Jetty.

Pro Tip: Grab a bite before the show from the newest member of the RPM family, Pizzeria Portofino, right on the water! (Black Truffle Pizza and Cacio e Quattro Pepe highly encouraged).

When: Every night starting April 8th at 8:30pm
Where: Chicago Riverwalk between Wells and Lake St. 

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Kick Of Brunch Season At River North Brunch Bites

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When the sun comes out, patio furniture is dusted off and bottomless mimosas are filled to the brim. Find your 2020 brunch staple by tasting a little something from eight different restaurants during this epic brunch-crawl! Wander around River North in whatever order you choose for brunch bites and cocktails from participating locations. 21+ only.

When: April 18th. 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: River North

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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The Chicago Botanic Gardens have amazing events all year 'round, but it is an extra special place in the springtime! Catch the Orchid Show through March 22nd, search for Easter eggs at Easter brunch on April 12th, or just plan a visit to wander the gardens and see what's blossoming this season. 

Where: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

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