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Spring Adventures: 4 Things to Do in Downtown Chicago This Spring


Spring in Chicago brings many welcome sights, like sunshine, baseball, and an end to the snow. To help you enjoy the change of season, here are four of the best things to do in Chicago in spring from The Residences at 8 East Huron.

Need Some Inspiration to Get You Moving?

Shake off the winter frost, and put a race day on the calendar to get you motivated and moving this spring. Take part in the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K, to be held virtually this year from May 20 to 23. Do your favorite run on the Lakefront Trail, or switch it up and try a new route, all while logging your adventures with the hashtag #chicagospringhalf. Signing up for a Basic entry gets you a race shirt, finisher’s medal, and official race bib, while a Premium entry nets you some extra earth-friendly swag, including a picnic blanket, Frisbee, produce bag, Food Huggers reusable silicone food savers, and a flower planting kit. If it’s still a little chilly for your liking, you can train inside on the Woodway treadmills in our glass-walled fitness center.

Looking for a Place to Enjoy the Spring Blossoms?

Just a few miles from home, the Lincoln Park Conservatory offers beautiful and free spring adventures. Stroll a tropical paradise filled with exotic plants and lush vegetation, taking in the budding signs of spring all around you. The conservatory is currently operating with reduced capacity and reduced hours on timed-admission tickets, so if you plan to visit, make sure to pre-register on Eventbrite for an entry time. Not feeling up to an in-person visit? Bring the mood of spring home to you with a virtual tour on the Lincoln Park Conservatory YouTube channel.

Ring in Spring with the World’s Favorite Painter of Flowers

French Impressionist painter Claude Monet is the perfect artist to help you celebrate spring, with his idyllic visions of water lilies, bright floral bouquets, and a gestural touch that breathes life into every painting. The Art Institute of Chicago’s current exhibition Monet and Chicago recognizes Chicago as one of the best places in the country to enjoy paintings by Monet. This special exhibition brings together the Art Institute’s 33 paintings and 13 drawings from Monet – the largest collection of works by the artist outside of Paris – with special loans for a memorable show that resonates perfectly with the season. Monet and Chicago requires a $7 ticket in addition to general admission, and tickets are limited, so make sure to reserve yours online.

Looking for Great Urban Adventures?

Now that the sun is shining on the Windy City, head to the Chicago Riverwalk for a scenic sunset stroll, and check out the Art on the Mart program, running nightly at 8:30 and 9 PM. Best viewed between Wells Street and Lake Street, this projection video brings visual art into the outdoors on a massive scale. This spring, check out Astrographics, a 16-minute video from the Adler Planetarium that offers a creative picture of Earth and the larger universe, featuring scientific data visualizations and imagery from world telescopes. Then, head back home to do some stargazing yourself from the stunning outdoor pool deck.

However you choose to enjoy spring in Chicago, you’ll enjoy inspired city living from your perfectly situated apartment home at The Residences at 8 East Huron. Visit our blog page for more ways to stay plugged in.


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