Spring break in Chicago is an exciting time of year, offering a mix of outdoor activities, cultural attractions, and entertainment options for visitors and locals alike. With its vibrant lakeside location and diverse neighborhoods, Chicago provides a perfect setting for a spring break getaway. From exploring the city’s renowned museums, shopping, dining and nightlife scene, to participating in outdoor sports, there is something for everyone in the Windy City. Whether you are traveling with friends, family, or solo, spring break in Chicago promises to be an unforgettable experience.

GREAT VIEWS Skydeck Chicago 

Enjoy the stunning views from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, take fun photos on the Ledge and learn more about the city’s history, architecture and other highlights while visiting the immersive experience leading to the Skydeck. Combine with extra fun at the Color Factory on the ground level. 

GREAT MUSEUM Art Institute 

Voted “Best Museum in the World” many times, the Art Institute never disappoints. Check out dozens of iconic Impressionist paintings, classic American art—including Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Grant Wood’s American Gothic—and a vast collection of modern and contemporary as well as ancient artifacts. 

GREAT LUNCH Pizza Under The Bean 

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to Millennium Park and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate. After taking the obligatory selfies, head down and have some of the best authentic Italian pizza at Napolita, located right under the Bean. Come hungry. 


Sloomoo Institute celebrates joy through sensory play, involving slime! The mission: embrace the power of #satisfying through vivid color, the sense of scent, tactile compounds, and captivating visuals and sounds. 

GREAT SHOW Chicago Theater 

Did you know that Chicago is the number three theater city in the world? London and New York lead, but the Windy City is not only home to Broadway in Chicago, but over 250 theaters and comedy clubs. Bravo, Chicago! 

GREAT DESSERT Museum of Ice Cream 

It is hard to find anyone who does not like ice cream, right? Celebrate the universal joy of ice cream and get unlimited scoops at this unique museum on Pioneer Court. 

GREAT T-REX Field Museum 

Sue is the nickname of FMNH PR 2081, one of the largest and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found. It was discovered by American explorer and fossil collector Sue Hendrickson in 1990, and named after her. Say hello to Sue at the Field Museum of Natural History. 

GREAT WALK – Chicago Riverwalk 

Bars and restaurants may not be open just yet, but a stroll on this 1.25-mile long path along the Chicago River is always a good idea. 

GREAT MUSICEverywhere! 

Opera at the Lyric, classical music at the CSO, jazz at Andy’s, blues at Kingston Mines or Buddy Guy’s, dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon, rock at Metro, country at Bub City, electro at the Smart Bar: these are just a few of many outstanding places where you get to enjoy great music! 

Written by Leentje De Leeuw

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