The official first day of Spring is March 20th and by this time Chicagoans and visitors alike will be hoping to put their winter coats away for good as the city awakens from its winter hibernation. Besides warmer weather and a greener cityscape, here are 10 events and activities we are looking forward to this spring:
1. Broadway In Chicago
March 12 - 24, 2019
James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.
No matter your theater taste, Broadway in Chicago has something for everyone! A Bronx Tale is a story about loyalty and family filled with high energy dance numbers and original catchy doo-wop tunes. Directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, this unforgettable streetwise musical will make you both laugh and cry.
2. C2E2 Comic & Entertainment Expo
March 22 - 24, 2019
McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive
Calling all pop culture fanatics! Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo returns to McCormick Place with an abundance of comic book creators, epic literary authors, and notable TV and movie stars hosting autograph sessions.
3. Macy’s Flower Show
March 24 - April 7, 2019
Macy’s, 111 N. State St.
Journey through sci-fi inspired floral designs as you shop to your heart’s content at this year’s annual Spring Flower show titled “Journey to Paradisios”. The two-week exhibition is free to the public and features millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the world, flower demonstrations and more.
4. Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise Opening Day
March 30, 2019
Chicago Riverwalk, 112 E. Wacker Dr.
It’s officially opening day! Join us for a fun, relaxing and informative ride on the Chicago River as we celebrate the start of the season for the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a visitor - this is the best way to see Chicago!
No matter if you’re a Cubs or White Sox fan, come show some Chicago pride. April 4, 2019 is the Opening Day for the Chicago White Sox, and on April 8, 2019 Wrigley Field will be welcoming the Cubs back to their home. Cheers to the start of a successful season for both teams!
6. Bacon Fest Chicago
April 6-April 9
UIC, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Bacon Fest (yes this actually exists if you were unaware!) is a walk-around tasting event featuring the most unique bacon dishes from the best culinary talent Chicago has to offer. The fact that this event revolves around bacon is the only reason you actually need to show up!
7. Brunch Bites
April 20, 2019
Choosing one place to brunch can often be difficult, especially when there are so many delectable spots to choose from! Brunch Bites solves your brunching dilemma with a special one-day-only River North brunch tour. Now this is what you call one super style Chicago brunch.
April 27, 2019
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.
Find a new favorite vino (or two, or three) at this elevated wine tasting event. In addition to to sampling some of the best wine selections around the world, enjoy tasty eats, live music and VIP advance entrance options all at the unique setting of Lincoln Park Zoo. The event is indoors, so no need to worry about any April showers getting in the way of your fun!
9. One Of A Kind Show
April 26 - 28, 2019
Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
The One Of a Kind Show will be back at the Merchandise Mart! Shop unique, handcrafted artwork designed by more than 300 independent artists from all over North America. Their handmade work varies from accessories, bath and body, sculpture, furniture, and more! You also get a chance to meet the artists behind their products, which gives you the opportunity to learn more about them, their brand, and products. This is something you can only do if you shop small, so take advantage!
May 9, 2019
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
The opening of farmer’s markets across the city means spring is here and summer is right behind it! Peruse Chicago’s longest running market at Daley Plaza for fresh produce, baked goods and seasonal jams, flowers and more, right in the heart of the city.