It happens every year. We get teased with a nice day, then it snows. We get teased again and it rains. Fortunately it seems like spring is finally here to stay.
Chicagoan's know the weather here is bold and unpredictable. So when it's favorable, we make it count. Make your spring count by checking out a few of my favorite outdoor gems; a few of which never existed until recently.
Wrigley Field - The season is on! Get a few friends together and partake in the fun with a few brews (and then some). Just make sure you allot extra time for the newly added metal detectors.
Bloomingdale/606 Trail - If you have not explored it yet you are missing out. The views over the neighborhoods from the elevated tracks give a neat Birdseye view. If you go after dark you may catch some pretty high-end residential interiors lit up like a fish bowl.
Chicago River Walk - Enjoy the city from it's canyon along the Chicago River. Grab a glass of vino at City Winery and listen to the sounds of the city occasionally accompanied by a live band. Or saddle up in a kayak for an exploratory tour.
Garfield Park Conservatory - This sprawling 4.5 acre horticultural oasis opened in 1905 has more plant species then you can count, all under one roof. Spring blooms come and go quickly so catch them while you can.
Maggie Daley Park - From the children's playground, to the winding landscaped paths, this park has a little something for everyone. Be in the center of the city while feeling far from it. Keep exploring and you may find yourself lost in the serene Lurie Garden.
Cindy's at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel - One of my favorite new rooftop lounges resides here. Communal farm-style tables span the interior while two large fire pits anchor the outdoor terrace overlooking Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park and Grant Park. Great spot for a date or business meeting.
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool - If you are really looking to disconnect and refresh bring a book or your yoga mat and sneak into this quiet city oasis. Built in 1889, this tiny park will take you back.
For more suggestions or neighborhood specific ideas, feel free to email me.