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Chicago Spring Activity Guide

Chicago Spring Activities

The Best Things to Do in Chicago This Spring

Explore the city like a local and experience all there is to do near our South Loop hotel this Spring. Check out our list of the best Chicago indoor and outdoor Spring activities below and indulge in all the Windy City has to offer. 

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Step outside to the bustling Michigan Avenue and you’ll be greeted with some of Chicago’s top attractions from Grant Park and Millennium Park to Museum Campus. The Blackstone is also close to the Red Line Harrison stop and Blue Line Jackson stop for those looking to explore Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods. Here are our favorite springtime activities to embrace the start of warmer weather:

  • Chicago’s Front YardSee the iconic Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park when it opens for the season in mid-May, surrounded by breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan. Visit the iconic Cloudgate a.k.a The Bean, walk through Lurie Garden or have a picnic in the open grass with a view of the Chicago skyline.
  • St. Patrick’s Day, the Chicago wayDying to see the Chicago River turn green? Join Chicagoans in celebrating St. Patrick's Day with their annual parade and river dying in downtown Chicago. Pro Tip: Arrive early to beat the crowds and get a perfect spot for an Insta-worthy photo.
  • Shop Along The Tulips“State Street that great street” is a hop, skip and a jump away from The Blackstone with tulip-lined sidewalks for springtime in Chicago. Many of the trendy and upscale shops are conveniently located along State Street and North Michigan Avenue a.k.a. The Magnificient Mile. Swing by these shopping destinations for all of your needs, from fashion to electronics.
  • Tap into your Artistic SideExplore the Wabash Arts Corridor, right outside our doors. Walk over to Wabash Avenue and see this living urban canvas in person, featuring large-scale murals. It is located on Wabash Avenue between Van Buren Street and Roosevelt Street - framed by Michigan Avenue and west State Street.
  • Be One with Nature in Each NeighborhoodEnjoy free admission to Lincoln Park Zoo or explore the current exhibits at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, including a butterfly haven. Headed west? Walk or Jog along The 606 Trail. Once an old railroad track, this elevated, urban greenway is a uniquely Chicago experience with great views of western neighborhoods.


A rainy day may call for an indoor excursion. You’re in luck! Chicago is always prepared to entertain, no matter the weather. Let us show you the way:

  • Explore a MuseumAs one of the biggest hubs for art and culture in the U.S., Chicago is home to a range of innovative and inspiring museums. From classics like The Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum to more experiential museums like the wndr museum and the Busy Beaver Button Museum.
  • Visit a GalleryExplore Chicago’s local art scene by visiting our hotel Elephant Room Gallery, right on Wabash Avenue. The gallery exhibits Chicago-based new and emerging artists. Reach out to the gallery owner in advance for a viewing appointment.
  • Shop ‘Till You DropLife meets leisure at the Roosevelt Collection Shops. Catch a movie at the Showplace ICON Theater, shop like a local or get your wellness on with a fitness class at this nearby city center.
  • Take Your Trip to New HeightsSee Chicago like never before. Travel to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower with clear observation boxes & views extending to four states at Skydeck Chicago. Looking for even more of a thrill? At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge glass balcony extends 4.3 feet out from the Skydeck.
  • Visit a Chicago Original for Organic Whiskey, Specialty Spirits and MoreEstablished in 2008, KOVAL is Chicago's first distillery since prohibition and one of America’s leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers. Learn about the differences between white and aged whiskey, the subtle intricacies of distillation, and the delicious beauty of small-batch spirits on a private or group tour at KOVAL Distillery.