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Authentically Chicago: Four Seasons

Chicago: a city that evolves with every season, each quarter of the calendar offering a unique array of experiences, a constant reminder of the city’s charm. Today, we’re kickstarting our “Authentically Chicago” series with a look at how each of our city’s four seasons brings a unique flavor and a fresh start. Let’s take a tour of the year!


As the last traces of winter melt away, Chicago comes alive in a burst of colors. The city comes alive with the spirited celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, turning our very own Chicago River into a lively celebration of everything Irish. All around town, you’ll find flowers peeking out and trees blossoming, welcoming the warmer days. The season is further celebrated through various events, including the flower shows at both the Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories, Expo Chicago, and notably, the commencement of baseball season. 


When summer hits Chicago, the city turns into one giant playground. The beautiful Lake Michigan is where everyone heads – to lounge on the sandy beaches, have a picnic, or get in a game of volleyball. Montrose Beach, Oak Street Beach, and Rainbow Beach are all favorite spots for locals. This is also the time when the Cubs and White Sox are in full swing. Whether you’re cheering for the North Side or South Side, summer nights at Wrigley or Guaranteed Rate Field are a staple of a Chicago summer. Add to this the pulse of outdoor concerts like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Fest and food festivals like the Chicago Food Truck Festival and the annual Chicago Air & Water Show, and you’ve got a Chicago summer in all its glory.


Autumn in Chicago? It’s like walking into a painting. The city becomes wrapped in a cozy blanket of reds, oranges, and yellows, making a stroll in any of our parks a walk of beauty. But the colors aren’t just in the trees – the autumn also means the return of the Chicago Bears to Soldier Field. The excitement of NFL games fills the city, bringing a unique blend of sport and seasonality to our town. Popular events, including the beloved Taste of Chicago and Chicago Marathon, ensure that everyone in the city has a reason to get out before the cool winter. This is also when the city’s art scene really lights up – whether it’s the Chicago International Film Festival or Open House Chicago, there’s always something to inspire you.


Chicago’s winters present a wonderland of sparkling beauty and festive cheer. The city turns into a dazzling spectacle, with popular spots like Millennium Park offering ice skating under the gleaming skyline and “The Bean,” along with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. As the cold sets in, the sporting action moves indoors with the Bulls heating up the basketball court and the Blackhawks carving up the ice. The electric atmosphere in the United Center provides a welcome contrast to the chill outside. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and the Christkindlmarket further infuse the brisk air with a festive touch, enhancing the unique charm of a Chicago winter.

All of Chicago’s seasons present a variety of experiences, each unique and reflecting a different facet of our city’s character. Each one is like its own little reboot, sprucing up the city with its own set of colors, festivities, and feelings. It’s not just a weather thing – it’s a way of life that adds some extra pep to our city’s step. This constant transformation keeps things exciting and sets Chicago apart from other cities.

Stay with us as we continue our “Authentically Chicago” series, celebrating the many reasons why we love this city. If you’re part of this amazing community, we hope you’re inspired to rediscover the city we call home. And if you’re considering moving here, contact someone from our team and let MG Group help you find your perfect place in our remarkable city.