Ah, springtime in Chicago…it’s as if the whole city has been sleeping and suddenly we wake up and hit the streets with a literal spring in our step and a renewed zest for life.
If it weren’t for this magical time, The Windy City might have very few permanent residents indeed.
So as the bitter memories of the frozen tundra season recede, it’s time to think about how to enjoy spring in our fair city, and we have a few ideas…
1. Nomi Garden at The Park Hyatt
If there’s anything better than being outside on a warm, sunny Chicago afternoon, it’s being on a rooftop that looks out over our gorgeous skyline. And the Nomi Garden at The Park Hyatt is a stunning example.
Meet friends here for a refreshing happy hour craft cocktail, a seasonal local brew or a glass of wine. Or make it your destination for a romantic dinner – choose from their diverse menu of sushi, small plates and contemporary American classics as you and your special someone are dazzled by the city lights.
2. Gotta Wear Shades
We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite parts of spring is the return of sunglasses weather. Jet setting around the city just feels cooler when you’ve got on a fabulous pair of shades that add instant glamour to your look. Stop in to Morgenthal Frederics or Glasses Ltd. to peruse their selection of distinctive, designer frames and you’ll be ready for all the sunny days to come.
3. Fig & Olive Terrace
There’s something about a balmy spring day that just makes you crave fresh and flavorful Mediterranean fare. And if you want to do that while enjoying the weather, the ideal place is Fig & Olive’s beautiful terrace. Savor a delectable meal and bottle of wine inspired by the cuisine of France, Italy and Spain while you bask in the shady calm of the terrace overlooking Oak Street.
4. Tavern on Rush Patio
This casual upscale Chicago classic has one of the best patios in town – in fact, it was even voted “Best Outdoor Dining” by Chicago Scene Magazine. Not only is it the perfect place to grab a delicious meal, but it’s prime real estate for people watching on the always bustling Rush Street.
5. Spring Makeover Day
New season, new look. That’s what we say anyway. After a long season of bundling yourself up against the cold and putting up with the effects of dry air on your skin and hair, it’s high time for a warm-weather makeover. Make a day of it by getting a revitalizing spa treatment at Elysian Spa at The Waldorf Astoria, a new hair style at Charles Ifergan or Salon O Sixty-Five and a few fun outfits that don’t have to protect you from Arctic blasts. Then show off your new look as you enjoy drinks and dinner outdoors at one of these fine outdoor dining spots.
Every year, Spring comes to Chicago just as we begin to lose hope of ever seeing the sun again. We recommend celebrate the chirping birds, blossoming flowers and warm breezes this year on Oak Street and soaking it all up while it lasts.