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The Ultimate Chicago Spring Bucket List

By Chicago Bucket List

Hit up the best spring events in the Windy City. 🌷

Published March 25, 2021

This spring might just be the most anticipated spring in years — and Chicago is bursting with celebratory activities to welcome the warmer weather and vaccine rollouts. We’ve got party cruises over the sparkling waterfronts, reopened world-class museums, even skydiving and the Spartan Race for our more adrenaline-inclined readers. 

Let’s get into the responsibly open activities below: 

Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden

Celebrate the warmer days outside at the Garden by viewing more than one million blooms, unfurling throughout the season during 'It’s Showtime: Spring 2021'.

Where: 1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe

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Take a Sushi Making Classes

As we near the return of event hosting — why not add a notch to your cooking mastery belt? Take a fun, hands-on and social cooking class where you’ll learn how to spread, layer, tuck and roll your way to sushi heaven. Bring your date, parents or your whole crew—guests are welcome to BYOB. 

Where: Storefront Events, 2620 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60647 (classes are in person)

For more information. 

Walk Along the Lakefront

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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 lakefront is the perfect place for a casual stroll, bike ride or little picnic in the park.

Where: Running from Ardmore Ave. on the north, to 71st St. on the south

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Stand Up Comedy at the Laugh Factory

Brush off the long winter blues with some drinks and belly laughing at the Laugh Factory. The downtown spot features local and acclaimed Chicago comedians, a lobby filled with famous comedy memorabilia, a full-service bar, and a spacious 311-seat theater.

Where: Laugh Factory, 3175 N Broadway

For more information & tickets (only $15!)

See “Saturation” at Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory 2021 spring flower show “Saturation” is displayed February 27th through Mother’s Day, May 9. Saturation concentrates groups of blooming flowers by color so that visitors will be able to see and understand the wide range of hues and tints within each color and enjoy their vivid, rich and intense nuances. 

Where: 300 N Central Park Ave

For more information. 

Join the Spartan Race 

On July 10th, 125 years of football tradition will collide with 3,000 years of Spartan history on the hallowed grounds of Notre Dame Stadium. Spartan Stadion is a traveling 5km, 20 obstacle race through the world’s most famous pro sports stadiums. You can compete solo or in teams with friends, families, or co-workers, and there are various different races to enter (or take it all in as a coliseum spectator for $10). 

Where: Notre Dame Stadium, 2010 Moose Krause Cir

For more information. 

Lake Michigan Party Boat Cruises

Bring up to 12 friends aboard a party boat on Chicago’s sparkling lakefront for the wild and free energy we’ve all been craving. Available for either 3-hour or 90-minute rentals, you and your group can blast your music, swim (or float on provided aqua mats and noodles), and play drinking games on board to your heart's content. Plus, for a limited time use code BUCKETLIST for $100 off!

Where: Chicago Yacht Club, 400 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

For more information. 

Luxury Picnic & Movie nights

Picnics in the Chi offers curated, delivered picnic setups for every type of occasion, from birthdays to corporate happy hours. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the silky plush spread—complete with a cheese and fruit platter—of your cottagecore dreams. 

And for the best nights with friends and family under the stars, their “movie night” packages include a 100-inch screen smart projector along with your set up! 

Where: Your location of choice within the Loop (Chicago) area. Can include your home, anywhere from the living room to backyard, and they set up and clean up.

For more information. 


Since 1968, CSC has been in the business of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. Their award winning, purpose-built, 20,000 sq foot campus sits amidst a 200 acre airport in rural Rochelle, Illinois. With a perfect student safety record, world-class training program, ultra modern facilities and on-site bar and restaurant, there truly is no where else like it in the US.

Where: 1207 Gurler Road, Rochelle

For more information. 

Marvel Superheroes Exhibit 

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Casual fans and true believers alike will be amazed by the MSI’s new exhibit: the Marvel Universe of Superheroes Exhibit. Spread across two galleries, the exhibit features 300+ genuine artifacts, including Tony Stark’s lab, rare original covers and artworks, and the mirror dimension of Doctor Strange. The opening week sold out so quickly that they added evening hours for chicagonians to enjoy!

Where: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr 

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See a Cubs Game

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Their website says it best: “we're ready to welcome you home and reignite the incredible feeling that only baseball at Wrigley Field can deliver!” Chicago Cubs 2021 Single Game Tickets for the opening homestand go on sale Wednesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. CDT. 

Where: 1060 W Addison St

For more information.

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