By Ryan Rosenberger
The beginning of spring in Chicago is like witnessing a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Dead and gone are the sub zero temperatures, the icy roads and the desolate feeling that a lonely winter night can bring. Emerging from the broken remains are the fluttering wings of sunshine and hope. Spring in Chicago means many things. It means the feeling of carelessness within the lukewarm air, the lighthearted scent of flowers in bloom and the hustle and bustle of recreation brought about by the warm weather. Below is a list of five things to add to your Spring bucket list.
1. Attend a Cubs game
Nothing rings in spring like baseball. Going to a Cubs game is a favorite pastime of many Chicagoans. Just two years removed from a World Series championship and one year moved from their third straight NLCS appearance, the Cubs are always the talk of the town when they’re winning. Not only are they fun to watch, but attending a game at Wrigley Field is an experience in itself. Around since 1914, you really get a sense of the history here. All you have to do is look at the ivy along the wall in the outfield. So buy your tickets, put on your Cubs apparel, buy a hot dog and make a day of it.
2. Spend a day at the Museum Campus
The Museum Campus, located in the Near South Side neighborhood alongside Lake Michigan, really has something to offer everybody. The Shedd Aquarium, for example, is home to over 30,000 different species of animals, from fish to birds. Or, if you want to learn a little more about where humans came from, then take a little stroll on over to the Field Museum, which has countless replica displays of living organisms dating back millions of years, as well as interactive displays dealing with environmental conservation. There are five museums in all, and all of them have very affordable pricing. For example, the Adler Planetarium only charges $12 for general admission for adults, and $8 for kids aged 3-14.
3. Take a boat architecture tour
Lots of companies provide architecture boat tours along the Chicago River. You can travel along one of the branches of the Chicago River, while your tour guide gives you a detailed history about all of Chicago’s skyscrapers as we pass them by. You learn about the planning that went into building all of these different buildings, the style of architecture and any interesting facts that may be associated with them. They really go into detail about different styles of architecture. Art Deco, Gothic and the Chicago School just to name a few. All you do is sit back, relax and go where the boat takes you.
4. Go to the Garfield Park Conservatory
Located right off of the Conservatory-Central Park Green Line stop, the Garfield Park Conservatory has many exhibits of flowers and other plants, making it fit well with this time of the year when everything is in bloom. There’s a lot of different plants inside, as the indoor exhibits take up two acres, along with ten more acres during the spring and summer. Also, the Conservatory features a spring flower show, which takes place until May 13. They also offer free yoga and informative lectures every Wednesday of the month.
5. Go to the Art Institute
Located on Michigan Ave, the Art Institute will take you on a journey through time and culture. Featuring countless exhibits from all different cultures, it has anything from the ancient Inca tribes to masterpieces such as Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” It has a “Modern Wing,” which features 20th-century european art. It also has photography exhibits and countless drawings and prints.