Springtime in Chicago: What to Do

Things to Do, What's New — By adimarcial on April 11, 2011 at 3:57 am

It seems that spring is finally here (keep your fingers crossed): there are buds on the trees, the weather is choosing to stay above 40 degrees, and Chicagoans have packed away their puffy winter coats. We’re overjoyed to make it through another winter, and it is time to get out there and take advantage of the outdoors. People are out and about, the farmers markets will soon open up, the lake is busy with families, and it is all around a great time to be in Chicago. Make sure to check out these exciting activities this spring season.

Sox vs. Cubs
If you haven’t picked which team to root for, you better decide now! The baseball season has begun, and Wrigley Field and the US Cellular field are the places to be. On game days Wrigleyville is crawling with Cubs fans who have either snagged a seat in the historic field, or are watching the game from a nearby bar. It is always lively on game days in this neighborhood. Or, if you are a die hard Sox fan, head to the south side and enjoy a game at the spectacular US Cellular Field, and afterwards hit the nearby bars. Check out the teams’ official websites for ticket information and game times.

Artropolis 2011
Don’t miss “Chicago’s celebration of art, antiques, & culture,” running April 29-May 2! This great event takes place at the Merchandise Mart, one of Chicagos’ landmark buildings. It will feature the best in international art and antiques, as well as three must-see events: Art Chicago, an international fair of contemporary and modern art; NEXT, an exhibition of emerging artists; and the Antiques Fair, the Midwest’s leading exhibition of antiques and fine art. Check the Artropolis website for more details.

Garfield Park Conservatory
Are you ready to plant your spring garden, or can you just not wait to smell the sweet scents of spring? Head to the Garfield Park Conservatory, known as “landscape art under glass” for acres of indoor and outdoor gardens. This season the conservatory is featuring the Spring Flower Show through May 8th, and is FREE! Enjoy beautiful azaleas, hydrangeas, and Easter lilies. Check out the website for specific information.

Green City Market
Fill your kitchen with fresh and vibrant produce this season, with local produce from the Green City Market. This fantastic farmer’s market is the only year-round market in the city, and will be moving outdoors Saturday, May 4th! The market is known for keeping to local, sustainable and “green” agricultural practices. The market features cooking demonstrations, lectures, and special events all season! Check out the website for details and programming.


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