Spring in Chicago

Spring has officially sprung in the city! Chicago is in bloom and it's time to get outside and play! Get a head start on spring with these seven family-friendly ways to step into spring in Chicago.

Play Seasonal Bingo - Outdoors! - at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Chicago Botanci Garden is perhaps one of the loveliest spots in the area to catch spring in action. Pick up a free seasonal Bingo Activity Card at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center then walk through the inspiring gardens and see how many of the objects listed your family can find. Bring your camera - this is a great spot to capture that perfect spring photo of your kids. 

Chicago Botanic

See the animals come out of hibernation at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Located in the heart of a charming city park, the Lincoln Park Zoo is educational, fun and free, and in the springtime, it's one of the best places in the city to enjoy a spring afternoon. Be sure to take a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel, which features over 48 artisan crafted wooden animals.

Go for a swing at a city playlot.
Playlots dot our city, and stand as one of the best places to meet some locals and give your kids a chance to burn off some energy. Visit the Chicago Park District online to locate the park nearest to you. If you're staying near North Michigan Avenue or need a break from Mag Mile Shopping, take a moment to discover Seneca Park, a fun park and quiet oasis, tucked away between a firehouse and the Museum of Contemporary Art. ChicagoParkDistrict.com

Catch spring flowers in bloom at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
For a paradise experience in bustling Chicago, visit the Garfield Park Conservatory where it's always a tropical retreat. Nothing says spring like the pleasant, fresh air of this flower filled nirvana. The conservatory's spring flower show features Azaleas, Camellias, and Hydrangeas. Ask for a free conservatory scavenger hunt card at the main desk upon entry and see if you can spot the featured flowers and plants. 

Garfield Park Conservatory

Make a springtime themed card craft at American Girl Place Chicago.
On April 18 and 19, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., girls and their dolls are invited to pop into American Girl Place to celebrate spring by making and decorating a fancy flower card and matching envelope. Stickers and pretty paper to make her card bloom. No reservations are required and the event is free - just pop in and get crafting! 

Listen as the hills come alive with the Sound of Music at the Lyric Opera.
If you loved the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, you'll want to take your kids to see it this spring at the Lyric Opera House. The all-star cast includes film star Billy Zane as Captain von Trapp, Broadway star Jenn Gambatese as Maria, and TV/Stage veteran Edward Hibbert as Max Detweiler.  

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents The Sound of Music

Delight in a springtime treat at an Alice in Wonderland inspired bakery.
A Baker's Tale in Wicker Park is a wonderland of treats. You'll find a delicious range of spring treats - from kid-friendly white rabbit sugar cookies to elegant white-chocolate-raspberry cream puffs. Stay for brunch and lunch and choose from a rotating selection of savory soups, salads, sandwiches and quiches.