Springtime in Chicago is one of the best times of year to experience the city. As the nature and beauty of Spring comes back to life, so does the city. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate the arrival of spring in Chicago.

Immerse yourself in nature in Humboldt Park

Of the 77 designated park areas in Chicago, Humboldt Park is one of the largest, providing you with 207 acres of pure bliss. The boathouse, water, and greenery are absolutely stunning in the springtime, so grab a blanket, have a picnic, and enjoy being surrounded by nature.

Take a walk on the wild side through Lincoln Park Zoo

Go on an adventure with the animal lover in your life and head over to Lincoln Park Zoo. Enjoy the fresh air while you check out animals from every climate in this scenic location. This is also one of the last free zoos in the country, since it is dedicated to conservation and science. 

Stretch out those winter blues on the 606

Need some fresh air? This old train line was converted into an elevated park, one of the first of its kind, connecting many parts of Chicago’s west side. The 606 is a great spot for running, biking, rollerblading, taking the dog for a walk, and every other activity you missed over the winter months. 

Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory

Bloom into spring at the Garfield Park Conservatory! Located in Chicago’s West Side, it is one of the largest greenhouse conservatories in the country. With its immaculate horticulture collections from various climates, even on a rainy spring day you will feel refreshed to be around these lush gardens.

Head over to Maggie Daley Park with the family

This recreation center sits on the lakefront, and is open year-round, but is a wonderful way to get out of the house with the whole family. Located on the northeast corner of Grant Park, this giant playground has a climbing wall, bungee jumping, and a rollerblading ribbon! 

Navy Pier

As one of Chicago’s most popular attractions, there is no doubt you’ll want to experience Navy Pier in the springtime. There are so many things at this location for people of all ages, whether that be the shops, Chicago restaurants, or the 200-foot-high Ferris wheel. Because the pier extends about a half mile onto Lake Michigan, you’re guaranteed a bit of exercise too!

Millennium Park 

Millennium Park is a great place for a picnic, or just enjoying the city vibe from a park bench. Take some photos with The Bean, or catch a free movie in the evening. The Art Institute is also located here, so in the event it rains, seek cover and immerse yourself in the fantastic art exhibits. 


Lydia Matteoni is an avid plant lover, cat mom, and self-declared Twitter addict. After moving from Pittsburgh to Chicago in 2018, she decided to fully immerse herself in Chicago culture, more specifically, in music and the arts.

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