Spring Events in Chicago: 2018 Edition

The snow has melted and Chicago has thawed, making spring the perfect time to start planning the Chicago adventure you've been dreaming about all winter. Located in the heart of River North, Kinzie Hotel provides guests with unmatched access to exciting spring activities in Chicago. Take the kids to watch colorful kites float through the sky or test your stamina at Chicago's annual Bike the Drive. If you prefer to eat and drink your way through the Windy City, springtime brings some of Chicago's premier food beverage events.

Whatever your passion, you'll enjoy extraordinary things to do in spring in Chicago during your stay at Kinzie Hotel. Chicago starts here.

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Prismatica at Navy Pier

Witness Chicago's iconic Navy Pier transform into a dazzling kaleidoscope at Prismatica! With two dozen six-foot tall prisms at Navy Pier's entrance, Prismatica is an interactive art exhibit just outside Navy Pier's main entrance. Whether you're spending the afternoon on Navy Pier with the family or just taking a run down the Lakefront Train, Prismatica is definitely worth a detour.

Feb 16 - April 15, 2018 | Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier | Free!

Prismatica at Navy Pier

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

Be part of the revelry when Chicago (literally) turns green on St. Patrick's Day. See the annual dyeing of the Chicago River, watch the downtown parade, and then head to your favorite Irish pub. If you're in town on March 11th, head to south Western Ave for the 2018 South Side Irish Parade!

March 17, 2018 | Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe | Free!

St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Cochon555

For the spring's ultimate foodie experience, don't miss Cochon555. With five renown Chicago chefs preparing five heritage breed pigs and great vintages from five American wineries, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail culinary event unlike any other in the city. You'll also be able to attend butchering demonstration, snack on oysters and pate, and chat with some of the country's most creative, inspired chefs.

April 8, 2018 | 720 S Michigan Ave | $130.00

Cochon 555

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Kids and Kites Festival

If you're traveling to Chicago with your family this spring, plan your trip around the 20th Annual Kids and Kites Festival. Even if you don't plan to fly a kite, you'll be able to watch professional kite flyers, buy kites from vendors, and take in amazing skyline views. Since Cricket Hill is less than a ten-minute walk from Montrose Beach, you can also treat your pupper to Chicago's premier dog-friendly beach as a flurry of kites soars overhead.

May 5, 2018 | Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park | Free!

Kids and Kites Festival

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Chicago Craft Beer Week

Over the past decade, Chicago has emerged as one of the world's premier beer destinations, and Chicago Craft Beer Week puts a spotlight on the city's thriving brewing scene. Throughout craft beer week, bars and restaurants throughout Chicagoland host special tappings, tap takeovers, and pairing dinners. If you're a beer nerd, you won't want to miss the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild's Beer Under Glass event, which showcases the state's best breweries in the gorgeous Garfield Park Conservatory.

May 18 - 25, 2018 | Bars & Restaurants Throughout Chicago | Most Events are Free

Chicago Craft Beer Week

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Bike the Drive

Once a year, the amazingly beautiful Lake Shore Drive transforms from a scenic, urban highway into the city's most phenomenal bike path. Over the course of five hours, you'll be able to take a two-wheel joyride down LSD, take in the Chicago skyline, and gaze upon the magnificent Lake Michigan.

If you're planning to Bike the Drive, we recommend registering early as prices incrementally rise throughout the spring.

May 27, 2018 | Lake Shore Drive | $43.00 - $66.00

Bike the Drive

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Chicago International Movies & Music Festival Spring Fling Thing

Unlike CIMM's citywide takeover each November, their annual Spring Fling Thing is a small, more intimate, more localized event. Over the course on an April weekend, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival curates a schedule of film, music, performance art, panel discussions, and (of course) an epic closing night party. While the Spring Fling Thing may be a fraction of the size of the CIMM Festival, it creates an equally thoughtful, immersive, and unique art experience.

Dates TBA | Venues TBA | Prices Vary

CIMM Spring Fling Thing

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Fifth Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival

When The Onion curates a comedy festival, you know you're in store for an amazing week of ridiculously hilarious stand-up and sketch performances. While the 2018 lineup has not been announced, previous acts include John Mulaney, Patton Oswalt, Tig Notaro, Eugene Mirman, Sarah Silverman, and Weird Al.

Events are booked at venues across the city and are individually ticketed, giving you the opportunity to strike the perfect balance between world-class comedy and Chicago exploration.

Dates TBA | Theatres Throughout Chicago | Individual Ticket Prices Vary

26th Annual Comedy Festival