Your Guide to Spring Fun in Chicago

Spring is almost here, and we are ready!

By Sara Yaniga, Macaroni Kid Chicago (Midtown) March 6, 2021

Spring arrives March 20 in Chicago and we can hardly wait! Here are some of the activities my family can't wait to do when the weather turns warmer in Chicago! 

What is going on your Spring Bucket List?

City Mini Golf

Opens mid-April, 2021

One of the best family attractions is nestled in the heart of Maggie Daley park and is preparing to open for their Spring/Summer season in April!  My personal favorite thing about City Mini Golf is that it doesn't matter if you have already been because each season a new surprise, a new themed hole, is added.  My kids will ponder all winter long what Chicago iconic location will be added to the course.  An added bonus is that the owner is amazingly nice and has really created something special for local, and visiting, families - no matter the ages.

Lincoln Park Zoo 

Opens March 5, 2021

Timed-entry tickets are available for a family fun day at one of Chicago's most beloved spots!  New tickets are made available on Sunday and Thursday afternoons.  Pack a picnic, bring the scooters and enjoy the green space and playground surrounding the zoo for a full day of sunshine fun. Membership has its perks with discounts on food, merchandise, parking and special reserved time slots.

Chicago Parks and Playgrounds

Multiple locations around Chicago

It's been a long wait but now the Chicago Parks are reopening and I know we cannot WAIT to get back to running and climbing at our favorite spots around town!  Checking out a new park outside of your neighborhood may lead to new friends and new favorite spots for shopping and dining too!  Here are some that readers nominated for their FAVORITES in the city!

Chicago Fire Boat Tour & Cruise

Season begins April 17, 2021

Take in the history of Chicago and it's waterways on a historical Fire Boat! Join our expert docents to learn about Chicago's world famous architecture, as well as the history of our boat with Chicago and it’s Fire Department. The boat also serves as a floating museum showcasing photographs of the boat in action, firefighting artifacts, and giving a glimpse of what is was like to be a firefighter stationed on the boat. We'll see how Chicago’s landscape along the river has developed over time, going from stockyards to steakhouses, and bringing millions of tourists to a once desolated area which is now thriving. Guided lake and river historical tours depart from DuSable Harbor at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm and are underway for 90 to 120 minutes, depending on the schedule of the Chicago locks

Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

A favorite year-round destination but spring is a special time with the gardens at Morton Arboretum.  Open 7:00am to sunset there are plenty of trails to explore by foot, bike or even car.  Hours and capacity are still adjusted as of March 2021, so areas such as the amazing Children's Garden will not be open until mid-morning depending on the day you visit. (11am weekdays/10am weekends).  Also, the Troll Hunt has ended but an all new exciting exhibit will be installed April 9 called Human+Nature to foster the connection between us and plants.  Five MASSIVE sculptures from South African artist, Daniel Popper, will be created just for the Morton Arboretum and their guests. Members can grab their passes now, non-member passes will be available March 15th.  If you are a nature lover then a membership may be just the right gift for your family because it offers reciprocity at 14 other gardens, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, around Illinois, not to mention the other across the country.

We will continue to update our Macaroni Kid Chicago Spring Guide with events as they are posted, so check back often!

Do you know of a family-friendly spring event taking place in Chicago that isn't listed here? Please submit your event here and we will add it to our list!