Top Ten Things To Do While In the City This Break

By Andrea Lee
Staff Reporter

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With spring break well on its way, many students are going on vacation or chilling at home. For the students stay at the Bash for spring break it is easy to want to stay inside all week but with seven days to yourself and the city of Chicago at your fingertips now is your chance to explore! Whether you are staying in the ‘Bash or live close by, here are 10 fun things that you can go to and enjoy in Chicago.

1.     Spend the day at Magnificent Mile

If you are looking for the perfect place to shop until you drop with everything in a minute radiance to one another this is the perfect place. Magnificent Mile is 13 blocks filled with 460 stores and 275 restaurants including its crown jewel Water Tower Place. With so much variety in cuisine it is the perfect opportunity to try new things or find that one meal you have been craving.  

2.    Immerse Yourself in Art- Some Museums Require Tickets

If you are an art lover or maybe if you just want to recreate the scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with some friends, Chicago is filled with art museums and different exhibits. You can spend the day at the Art Institute of Chicago, or the Field Museum.  

3.     Film Festivals

For film lovers looking for something to do, there are a variety of options. During this spring break, Chicago is holding many film festivals, from environmentally centered films to culture, like One Earth Film Festival, Chicago Jewish Film Festival and Chicago European Union Film Festival.

4.     Chicago Botanic Orchid Show- Requires Tickets

If you are looking for the perfect place to be immersed in nature and get away from the cold, this is the show for you. The orchid show has many different rooms filled with different flowers and cacti.

5.     See the City in a New View- Requires Ticket

Even if you live in the city it’s always fun to experience it in a new way. The 360 Chicago Observation Deck allows you to see the city from the 94 floors up and experience the true beauty of Chicago. The deck also includes fun facts about the city and the people who used to or still do reside in it.

6.     Art on theMart

For five nights a week, there will be a 25-story tall video brightly colored installation for 15 minutes on the side of the Merchandise Mart. The shows are composed of visual stories from many different artists. The projection begins 15 minutes after sunset.

7.     Dying of the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day

On March 16, Chicago will carry on its now 57-year-old tradition of dyeing its river green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Right after the dyeing, the celebration continues with the city’s parade.

8.     Navy Pier

Whether you are from Illinois or out of state, visiting the Navy Pier never gets old. Filled with restaurants, a movie theater, a museum and much more, there is something there for everyone. The pier is also featuring a new musical interactive art installation inspired by fairy tales.

9.     Lincoln Park Zoo

For the animal lovers, a visit to this free zoo will be the perfect day out. The zoo has welcomed a number of new animals to visit like Henkel’s Leaf-Tailed Gecko.

10.   Finally Watching One of the Oscar Winners

If you are looking for a new movie to see, “Captain Marvel” is coming out this week. Or, if you missed seeing or want to re-watch the Oscar-winning movies “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” or “A Star is Born,” they will be coming back to all movie theaters for this week only ending on March 14.

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