Spring is in the air here in the Windy City.
In fact, it’s been in the air for quite some time now due to our unusually warm winter. But it’s almost to the point where we can put our snow boots away and stop fearfully checking the weather forecast for sub-zero temperatures.
Although that’s reason enough to be excited, there’s a lot more to look forward to besides sunny days…
1. Eating Out…side!
No matter how frightful the weather is, Chicago residents and visitors love going out to eat. With the bounty of amazing restaurants here, who can blame us? Yet dining out takes on a whole new joy when we have the option to do so alfresco. Soak up the nice days and nights as much as you can by opting for a table outside at top notch restaurants like Carmine’s, Gibson’s and Fig & Olive among many more.
2. Shopping Alfresco
One of the nicest parts of the return of warm weather is the ability to truly enjoy our city’s gorgeous shopping districts like the Mag Mile and Oak Street. Instead of rushing from store to store just to get what you need, spring days allow you to stroll the streets, window shop and leisurely explore the fabulous boutiques you may have missed when your main concern was frostbite.
3. Baseball Season
There’s no denying that Chicago is a baseball town – with two professional teams and millions of die-hard loyal fans, Opening Day is always a much anticipated occasion around here. Whether you take in the games from behind home plate at The Cell, in the bleachers of the Friendly Confines or at the bar of Tavern on Rush, you’ll be glad to see the return of America’s past time.
4. Happy Hour with a View
Enjoying a local beer or craft cocktail after work (or anytime) is always made better by stunning surroundings. And Chicago isn’t short on those. As soon as spring hits, it’s time to take happy hour to new heights… literally. On the first truly warm day, we suggest heading to a rooftop to enjoy a drink or two to toast the return of spring – one of our favorites is the NoMI Lounge at the Park Hyatt.
5. Street Festivals
If there’s one thing all Chicagoans look forward to as winter winds down, it’s the city’s packed calendar of neighborhood street festivals. Major thoroughfares are transformed into outdoor playgrounds full of great food, unique artisan goods and live music. Celebrate the start of street fest season with Lakeview’s Mayfest on May 20-22.
6. It Means Summer is Coming!
And, of course, one of the very best reasons to be excited about spring in Chicago is that it means that summer in Chicago is not far behind. Visit us often to stay up to date with all the exciting events happening on and around Oak Street this summer, like our annual Ferraris on Oak event, which is on Sunday, July 10, 2016 – more details to come!
The days may still be a bit chilly, but warmer weather is waiting in the wings. So, be sure to make time to enjoy it by taking advantage of all the city has to offer.