We think it’s safe to say goodbye to snow (fingers crossed!)\r\nand hello to warm temperatures. If there’s one thing that all Chicagoans love,\r\nit’s warmth. Come 60 degrees, and we’re out in shorts and sundresses! There’s\r\nno better time to plan a trip to the Windy City than Spring, when the sun in\r\nout, spirits are lifted and fabulous festivals and farmers markets start to\r\nappear. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n Here are 6 reasons to plan a trip to Chicago now. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n Farmers Markets\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStarting the first week in May, markets start popping up\r\naround the city, boasting fresh produce, local jams and tasty baked goods and\r\ncheese. With the beautiful weather and friendly grocers, it’s the perfect way\r\nto spend an afternoon. Visit The\r\nDaley Plaza Farmers Markets on Thursdays come May 12th, The\r\nFederal Plaza Farmers Market on Tuesdays come May 17th, and the\r\nlegendary Green City Market Lincoln\r\nPark on Saturdays come May 7th. Happy munching! \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n Take In A Musical\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe\r\nKing and I (beginning April 29th), A Funny Thing Happened on\r\nthe Way to the Forum (beginning April 20th), and Little\r\nShop of Horrors (beginning April 29th) are just a few of the\r\nfantastic musicals that are showing throughout the month of May. Enjoy a\r\ntheater pre-fix menu pre-shower while dining al fresco in the glorious\r\nspringtime warmth!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n Spoil Mom This\r\nMother’s Day\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPlan a trip with Mom this Mother’s day weekend (May 6-8th)\r\nfor a girls’ adventure in the big, Windy city. Check out Opentable’s\r\nlist of top Chicago restaurants partaking in the festivities, and reserve a\r\nspecial, sweets-filled brunch she’ll never forget. Treat mom to a massage or\r\nspa date, a shopping spree, and unlimited hugs and kisses (we know she’ll like that!). For dinner, embark upon a dinner\r\ncruise from Navy Pier, in honor of Mother’s Day—with a complimentary glass\r\nof Champagne, of course. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n Enjoy Springtime Sips\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPlan a trip during May 19-29th for the 7th Annual Chicago Craft\r\nBeer Week. With 300+ venues, you’ll gain insight into the craft brewery\r\nbusiness and appreciate discounted prices of rare beers and beer-focused\r\nevents. Between starting with the “Beer Under Glass” event in Garfield Park,\r\nending with a celebratory part at Welles Park, and all the haziness and\r\ntaste-bud explosive-moments in between, this event is one to not miss. If beer\r\nisn’t your drink of choice, taste 80 wines at Lincoln Park Wine\r\nFestival and listen to live music from May 21-22nd. We’ll raise\r\na glass to that!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n Make Memorial Day\r\nWeekend Memorable \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTake in the Memorial\r\nDay Parade on May 28th at 12pm, and experience Chicago’s\r\ngreatest high-school marching bands, drum and bugle players, veteran pride, and\r\nduty military troops free of charge. For the rest of the day, choose one of the\r\nnumerous festivals to visit. From the Belmont-Sheffield Music\r\nFest, Wine\r\nFestival in Oak Park, and the Chicago\r\nPhilharmonic & Cirque de la Symphonie in Millennium Park, there’s not a\r\ndull moment! \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRide It Out\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRegister for a bike on May 29th for an\r\nunforgettable ride along Lake Shore Drive that spans 15 miles. Chicago takes\r\nthis opportunity to close off the drive from vehicles for the annual Bike The Drive event and to raise money\r\nfor Active Transportation Alliance. Take\r\nin the views of Chicago’s skyline, enjoy the sunshine and start the summer off\r\non a high note! \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInterested in booking your next trip to Chicago at the\r\nFairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile? Click here for reservations!