What are the best spring activities in Chicago?

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Lauren Viera

What better way to celebrate spring than to attend a flower and garden show? Chicago Botanic Garden’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show takes place annually in mid-March at Navy Pier, and while it’s often still quite dreary outside, these perky blooms are an optimistic preview of what’s to come.

April can be an especially frustrating month in Chicago—we’re technically due for real spring weather, but often there’s still frosty air looming—and the best indication of a light at the end of the tunnel is the tulips. Come late April, thousands and thousands of bulbs begin to bloom from the massive planters lining the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue from Oak Street down to the Chicago River), instantly adding much-needed color to the downtown landscape. You may still need a scarf, but venturing out on a stroll down the Mag Mile is a lovely way to get into

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