Spring is the time of year, when spring fever is in full effect, especially in cooler climates. Residents and tourists are looking for ways to get out of the house and enjoy what Chicago has to offer. During this time plan to visit one of the conservatories, museums, or other popular attractions. Many attractions in Chicago also offer annual festivals, featuring local businesses.
Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory
Take a stroll through the Garfield Park Conservatory, which includes six greenhouses and two grand exhibition halls. Relax, explore, and learn about the variety of plants located throughout the conservatory. Every spring, the Garfield Park Conservatory joins efforts with the Lincoln Park Conservatory and hosts spring flower festival in late April and early May.
Other things to do at the conservatory include a selection of classes – craft, landscaping, green living, and gardening. Tours, weddings, special events, and field trips are also available with a reservation.
The Conservatory Gift Shop sells a collection of nature themed gifts and souvenirs and also serves Amazing Edibles sandwiches and snacks.
Admission to the Garfield Park Conservatory is free and is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. offering extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-1945
Chicago Creative Expo
This annual event brings all artists together through a series of workshops, lectures, presentations, and vendor expo. The expo is held every year in mid-April and services all artists, art businesses, and organizations.
Workshops presenters and vendors are selected from some of the top artists, studios, businesses, and organizations from around the world. Art specialties featured annually include dance, fashion, film, literary, media, music, theater, and visual art.
Chicago Artists Resource
Chicago, IL 60686
No matter which team you root for, head out to the ball game and watch the Chicago White Sox or Chicago Cubs. Both teams return home from Spring Training and begin to play ball at home beginning in April.
Season tickets, multi-game tickets, and single game tickets are available at both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field.
1060 West Addison
Chicago, IL 60613
Chicago White Sox
333 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
In April the weather starts warming up in the windy city, making a visit to Navy Pier more bearable. Navy Pier is home to many family oriented activities in the area, including fireworks, amusement rides and attractions, live entertainment, rental boats, and cruises on Lake Michigan.
Get a great view of the lake while riding the 15-story tall Ferris wheel or sit and relax while enjoying a movie at the IMAX Theatre. There is also plenty of shopping and dining venues at Navy Pier, including a beer garden.
Beginning April 1 Navy Pier’s hour of operations change to Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago Field Museum
The Chicago Field Museum is home to some of the world’s most fascinating history, including everything from the prehistoric history to modern day technology. Say “hi” to Sue, the largest, most complete T-Rex ever discovered, upon entering the museum.
The museum hosts several traveling exhibits, as well as some of its permanent exhibits, including the Ancient Americas, an exhibit, which displays the history of both North and South America. Several artifacts discovered on both continents gives visitors an insight to those who lived in the areas centuries ago.
In April the Chicago Field Museum is also host to a festival, which features local restaurants. Food, wine, and beer are sold for a complete sampling of the cities top dining venues.
Chicago Field Museum
1400 South Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60605