After a long winter, in mid-March you’re probably ready for some fun, and with schools on vacation for “spring break,” it’s the perfect time to make the most of your time with family or friends in Chicago, whether it’s your home or destination.
Between numerous attractions, restaurants, and cultural exhibits, there’s so much to explore. Plus, as the weather is warming up, there are a few outdoor activities to keep on your to-do list, as well. Here are the best things to do during spring break in Chicago—it’s a great entry into springtime and summer.
Go to Millennium Park
With the sun out and the chilly air at bay, it’s easy to walk around Millennium Park and enjoy its beauty and lively atmosphere. If you’re on spring break in Chicago with little kids, you can take them to the Maggie Daley Park playground, the Crown Fountain where they can splash around in the water, or go for a round of mini golf. If you’re with older kids, you can snap a selfie at the Bean and take on the 40 foot-tall Climbing Wall.
If you’re with adults, you can walk around in the breeze, grab some lunch, and even head over to the Art Institute of Chicago, which offers different programs, workshops, and exhibits.
Have Some Fun at Navy Pier
Take a ride on the renowned Ferris wheel and experience various attractions at Navy Pier during spring break in Chicago. There’s so much going on, you can easily spend a whole day and evening there. You can choose from a movie theater, restaurants and bars, the Chicago Children’s Museum (which kids will love), and several other events that might be on the calendar.
Relax in Lincoln Park
During March, there’s bound to be green grass and flowers budding, especially in the parks and play areas. Take a walk or lay out for a picnic over spring break. Lincoln Park is spacious and lush, and it offers the opportunity to set up a game of ball or ultimate Frisbee or to relax outdoors for a quick bite with friends.
You can also go to the Lincoln Park Zoo while there and spend time with the animals. It’s free admission, so you can just walk around at ease.
If you’re on spring break in Chicago it means you’re off from work or school—and so there’s ample time to eat and eat. Chicago has a rich food culture, between its Michelin rated restaurants and causal eateries, and even its local donut shops.
Here are a few foods to eat when in Chicago: deep dish pizza, Garrett’s popcorn, a donut (try Stan’s donuts, Do-Rite, or Firecakes), and a hot dog—no ketchup, please. Plus, if you have room for dessert, you’ll want to try one of these.
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