Cherry Blossoms in Jackson Park
Located south of the Museum of Science and Industry, Jackson Park is home to 160 cherry blossom trees. These beautiful blooms were planted in 2013 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exhibition, which introduced Chicago to the world. Pack a picnic blanket, sip some green tea and relax under the pink and white flowers.
Spring Flower Show in Garfield Park
The Garfield Park Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show continues this year with the theme “Bee’s Knees.” Enjoy beautiful blooming spring bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and hydrangeas while learning about the wondrous relationship between bees and blooms.
Cinco de Mayo in Little Village
Little Village, a neighborhood with a tight- knit community of Mexican-American families, is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The main commercial hub along 26th Street boasts some of Chicago’s busiest small businesses. Here, you can indulge in mouth-watering dishes like chilaquiles and enchiladas at Los Candiles. Afterwards, grab freshly baked goods and pastries from renowned panaderias such as Rosy’s Bakery and La Baguette. If you have little ones, Dulcelandia del Sol is a must. You can find a variety of chili-dusted Mexican confections and American treats, as well as pinatas.
While in the area, make sure to stop by the Open Center for the Arts, a beloved community space that supports local working artists. They also host various events, exhibits, and workshops throughout the year. If you’re an art enthusiast, Manuel Perez Memorial Plaza is a must-see destination. The walls are covered in murals and mosaics that pay tribute to a local veteran. This small park is a popular gathering spot for the community.
Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest in Lakeview (May 26-28)
Summer unofficially begins on Memorial Day weekend, which also marks the return of outdoor street festivals! Starting with the Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest in Lakeview, this festival will feature tribute bands, beer, and wine vendors.
Baseball Season in Bridgeport and Wrigleyville!
Spring means the start of baseball season! Every year thousands of visitors come to Chicago to catch our two teams in action. The Cubs play on the North Side at the iconic Wrigley Field, where you can enjoy the many bars and restaurants in Wrigleyville. The White Sox call Guaranteed Rate Field in the South Side neighborhood of Bridgeport home. Before or after a Sox game, take your time to explore the neighborhood and its rich history, local cuisine, and cultural arts scene. The stadiums are steps away from an “L” stop on the Red Line. The teams are rarely home at the same time, but if you’re a lucky fan, your trip will give you a chance to see both!
Mole de Mayo in Pilsen (May 26-28)
Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce that originated in the state of Oaxaca. Its rich, complex flavor comes from a blend of spices, chili peppers, nuts, and chocolate. They are often served with chicken, pork or beef. The annual Mole de Mayo festival in historic Pilsen provides the perfect opportunity to sample different variations of mole. It also provides space to learn more about the cultural significance of this beloved Mexican dish. This outdoor food fest is not only dedicated to finding the best mole, there is also plenty of live entertainment and craft vendors lining the streets. Immerse yourself in Mexican culture, right here in Chicago!
Spring happenings do not end here: Check out CP’s 2023 Spring Holidays Guide!