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March 18, 2024

8 Activities For Spring Break in Chicago

Spring break in Chicago offers a plethora of activities to make your vacation unforgettable. With both special events and Windy City staples to choose from, there is something for everyone. Locals looking for a staycation and tourists exploring the city for the first time can each look forward to a spring break filled with excitement and memories to last a lifetime.

Soar through Chicago

On March 1, the newest attraction in Chicago opened up on Navy Pier, just in time for spring break. Flyover is a thrilling ride that will show you the entire city in a way you’ve never seen before. The immersive ride highlights the most iconic locations in the city while telling authentic stories that will get your blood pumping. With moving seats, scents, mists, music, and the surrounding visuals, you’ll be taken on a multi-sensory adventure you won’t soon forget. Visitors will leave feeling inspired and ready to make the most of their spring break, making it the perfect first stop on any vacation.

Taste Chicago Pizza

It’s a crime of flavor to visit Chicago and not try the famous pizza. Some of the most popular places to snag a slice are Lou Malnati’s, Giordanos, and Gino’s East, with locals not being afraid to give their opinion on their favorite. Starting with enough cheese to make Wisconsin jealous, you can find add-ons such as classic meat lovers, veggie style, bacon BBQ chicken, and spinach margarita. No matter where you stop, be sure to come hungry for this filling and fun meal.


Home to the Magnificent Mile, Chicago is a great place to take a shopping spree. With specialty brand stores such as Hershey’s and the Nutella Café, apparel display outlets such as Nike and H&M, or even a diamond district, you can find anything your heart desires. Whether you’re window shopping or looking for a souvenir to remind you of your jaunt in the city, you’re sure to find anything you’re looking for.

Take a trip to the clouds

Travel to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world, Willis Tower, right in the heart of Chicago. If you’re feeling brave, you can even step out onto The Ledge, a glass box suspended out the side of the building. You’ll feel like you’re floating over the buildings and streets below as you get unobstructed views of one of the best cities in the US. This is also a great location to take a photo that you can’t get anywhere else so that you can remember your heart-pounding trip to the Windy City.

Flower spotting

Spring is in full swing in Chicago, with the tulips beginning to bloom and the sun shining down on the skyscrapers. If you’re looking for a city destination with fresh air and green spaces, Chicago is the perfect place to be. The Botanic Garden features 27 blooming displays, ready for their debut to the public for the season. Find gorgeous flowers and more as you walk the paths and enjoy the curated displays. Garfield Park Conservatory is another garden offering unique botanical exhibits for your enjoyment. Get into the greenhouse for free and see the flower show that draws in visitors from near and far. Museum Campus also features blooming petals for your enjoyment, right on the edge of Lake Michigan. The trees that line the sidewalks make for a magical stroll as you listen to the waves crashing on your way to the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, or the Observatory.

See a Broadway show

During spring break, Broadway in Chicago is putting on Peter Pan. For a night of swashbuckling sword fights, magical adventures, and catchy music, get your seat at the Nederlander Theatre and prepare for a world-renowned show. Broadway shows are breathtaking, featuring some of the most talented actors and singers you can find anywhere. Visitors to the theatre rave about their experiences for years to come, whether it’s their first time or their hundredth. Tourists and locals alike are encouraged to take a leap of faith and make a trip to Neverland this spring for your vacation.

Visit a Candlelit Concert

If you’re looking for an ambiance you won’t find anywhere else while listening to music from your favorite artists, look no further. Various talented symphony orchestras and quartets are pleased to bring their audiences performances honoring artists such as Bad Bunny, Hans Zimmer, Vivaldi, and Artic Monkeys. This multi-sensory experience is hosted at various venues throughout the city, from mansions to theatres. This makes for a perfect addition to your romantic spring break plans, or as a welcome night in elegance before continuing with your exciting plans in the city with friends.

Take yourself out to the ball game

Chicago is home to two MLB teams, the White Sox and the Cubs. Both teams have season-opening games during spring break, perfect for any sports fan or hotdog aficionado. Check out their iconic stadiums as a part of your tour of Chicago, and stay for the fireworks, churros, and “W” flags. The Chicago Bulls also host a variety of NBA games in the United Center, facing off against teams from all over the country. Bulls fans can watch with delight as Bennyl spills popcorn on opposing fans and dances to the dunks of the players. Whether you prefer baseball or basketball, there are plenty of opportunities to get your tickets and watch the pro athletes take home the win.

Take a break in Chicago

Regardless of whether you’ve been to Chicago before or not, the Windy City is always a fun place to visit. With new attractions always popping up, each visit is unique and memorable. Even locals still enjoy visiting all of the city’s gems, and spring break is one of the best times to visit.

If you’re looking for a place to stay that continues your exploration while providing a peaceful retreat to recharge, consider booking a room with Hotel EMC2. Our boutique hotel is a unique experience, with comfortable rooms and high-tech features to make your trip extraordinary. Click here to learn more!

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Chicago, IL 60611

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