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Enjoy a spring day in the Loop

Posted  7 months ago  in  Trending, springtime, Fun events

3 MIN READ – The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are starting to bloom, and everyday there is more to do here in the Loop. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy springtime in the Loop.

Go on aN architecture tour 

Did you know that a forest of felled trees keeps the Cultural Center from settling into the ground? Or that the Carbide and Carbon building was designed to look like a champagne bottle? Step out into the spring sunshine and explore the Loop’s rich architectural history on a walking tour with the Chicago Architecture Center. Discover historic treasures of Chicago’s golden age, the Loop’s famous art deco buildings, or the newest additions to the city’s downtown skyline. Whether you’re a lifelong Chicagoan or a fresh transplant to the Windy City, you’re sure to learn something new from your expertly trained CAC Docent guide.

Spring is here and so are boat cruises! Experience the award-winning Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady. Explore Chicago’s iconic architecture aboard TripAdvisor’s #1 rated boat tour of the city. Enjoy cruising in comfort and style aboard Chicago’s Finest Fleet, featuring unobstructed sightlines and guaranteed seating on our open-air upper decks, plus full-service cocktail and snack bars in our climate-controlled interior salons. You’ll see why visitors and locals alike consistently name this tour the best way to see Chicago! Book your cruise here

Shop local

From May-October, wander through the Farmer’s Market to buy fresh, locally sourced produce, cheeses, and meats. You may also find specialty tea blends, street food, jams, and honey. The Daley Plaza market is open Thursdays 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Catch a show

Whether you're in the mood for a Broadway In Chicago musical, a concert at the Chicago Theatre, or a dance performance at the Auditorium Theatre, the Loop offers a variety of live entertainment on a daily basis. Check out our events calendar to stay in the loop about the Loop! 

If museums are more up your alley, check out the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to experience their newest exhibit Tet and the Battle of Hue featuring 3D images alongside first-hand interviews from the Marines who were there. Tet and the Battle of Hue will open to the public on Tuesday, May 16.


End your perfect spring day at the spa, and turn it into a perfect spring night with a luxurious downtown hotel stay. The Loop has plenty of hotels with spa services to choose from, including JW Marriott Chicago Hotel and the Godfrey Hotel Chicago. Or opt for the Kimpton Gray Hotel—the hotel may not have a spa, but they offer in-room massages, and you can book the King Spa Room to enjoy a deep soaking tub. Does it get any more perfect than that?


Out with the old and in with the new! With a new season comes new items in your closet, and there’s no better place in the city to shop than State Street, “that great street.” Check out iconic retailers like Macy’s, and swing by the Midwest's first Primark location on State and Washington. Be sure to add Block Thirty Seven to your shopping extravaganza and your wardrobe will be all set for the new season. 

Take a stroll

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, all the more reason to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Take a stroll through Millennium Park and marvel at the beauty of the Lurie Garden, or admire the grandeur of the iconic Cloud Gate. Cross the BP Pedestrian Bridge and find yourself at Maggie Daley Park to continue taking in the sights and sounds of the Loop!

Brunch tea party

While you're out and about in the Loop, be sure to take a moment to refuel your energy with some food and beverage. Join Russian Tea Time every weekend from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a brunch tea service along with some amazing brunch classic staples and unique traditional meals from around the world. Start your day with refreshing tea and try a house blend of Darjeeling and Black Currant, be sure to ask for a complimentary sample. At Russian Tea Time you can be adventurous with creating your own blend. Ask your server for a tea tray and make your own unique blend of teas! Checkout our Eat & Drink guide for more foodie inspo! 

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