Chicago Spring To - Do List

Chicago Spring To - Do List

From St. Patrick's Day festivities to year-long staples, there is something for everyone to do this spring in Chicago. Check out our 2019 Chicago Spring To-Do List and experience all the windy city has to offer this Spring season. 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVITIES

DYEING OF THE CHICAGO RIVER + DOWNTOWN CHICAGO PARADE | March 16

Located between Columbus Drive between Balbo Drive and Monroe Street, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago is filled with entertainment and fun! Between Columbus Drive to Wacker Drive along the river, witness the Chicago River in all its (green) glory in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 

SHAMROCK GREENING | March 11 - 16

A citywide event, Shamrock Greening will light up the whole city with green.

SHAMROCK SHUFFLE | March 24

Fitness is trending for warmer weather. Get your wellness on, shamrock style, at this year’s Shamrock Shuffle. The race starts and ends in Grant Park, conveniently across from The Blackstone. Cheer on runners or take on the 8K yourself!

ELEVEN CITY DINER

Visit this nearby Jewish Deli & Diner to try their iconic Green River float, made with vanilla ice cream and Green River soda.

CHICAGO HELICOPTER EXPERIENCE

Take a journey with Chicago Helicopter Experience to see the green river and city of Chicago from way up high. Call 312-967-8687 or book online!

RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES

VISIT A MUSEUM

As 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 U.S. Pizza Museum, spend the holiday weekend exploring some of Chicago’s coolest destinations.

YEAR OF CHICAGO THEATRE

Celebrate the exciting and vibrant theatre scene in Chicago. See a fan favorites such as the captivating and brilliant Hamilton: The Musical or the rock musical masterpiece RENT. April is also Chicago Dance Month. Visit seechicagodance.com for a full list of performances and classes.

ONE OF A KIND SHOW + SALE | April 26 - 28

Find treasures and souvenirs at the One of a Kind Show + Sale! Located in Merchandise Mart, the show features handmade items from hundreds of makers. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with great food and entertainment while you shop.

ROOSEVELT COLLECTION SHOPS

Life 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.

CELEBRATE THE SPRING SEASON

KOVAL DISTILLERY TASTINGS AT TIMOTHY’S HUTCH | Fridays in March

Join us for complimentary liquor tastings with KOVAL Distillery and try our hand-selected Bourbon on the rocks, sip on a Timothy's Old Fashioned or enjoy our spring cocktail, featuring KOVAL’s Chrysanthemum & Honey Liqueur. KOVAL will also have a selection of their floral liqueurs to taste! Learn more here.

THE BLOOM SHOP WITH FLORAL EVENTS CHICAGO | March 21

Happy Spring! In honor of the first day of spring, Floral Events Chicago is teaming up with us for a pop-up shop experience in the lobby. Create your own flower arrangement or buy a beautiful bouquet right in our lobby! Learn more here.

SPRING IT ON! PLANK WITH PUPPIES AT THE BLACKSTONE | March 31

In partnership with The Barre Code and the Anti-Cruelty Society, The Blackstone is hosting a complimentary barre restore class in its historic and inspiring Art Hall. Following the class, guests can meet and greet with puppy pals from the Anti-Cruelty Society. Learn more here.

CHICAGO’S FRONT YARD

Explore Millennium Park and Grant Park. Visit the iconic Cloudgate a.k.a The Bean, walk through Lurie Gardens or have a picnic in the open grass with a view of the Chicago skyline.

SHOP ALONG THE TULIPS

Take on State Street or the Magnificent Mile with your Blackstone Tote Bag in hand! “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 Mag Mile. Swing by these shopping destinations for all of your needs, from fashion to electronics and more.

MACY’S FLOWER SHOW | March 24 - April 7

Journey through incredible floral scenes at Macy’s Flower Show. Located on State Street, the store will be blossoming with themed events and specialty gardens for two weeks.

ODYSSEY CRUISES FOR MOTHER’S DAY | May 13

Cruise along Lake Michigan and take in the stunning skyline with Mom for brunch or dinner on Mother’s Day. Mom receives a complimentary drink and flower upon boarding! Learn more here.

Photos courtesy of City of Chicago, Adam Alexander Photography and Choose Chicago