There’s no better way to celebrate spring in the city than exploring Chicago’s many outdoor spaces. If you’re looking for some inspiration outside of your standard trip to Millennium Park, we have you covered. Here are a few unique ways to get outside in Chicago:
For amazing views of the Chicago skyline, venture down to Promontory Point, part of the 600 acres of Daniel Burnham Park. The spot is popular for sunrise views over Lake Michigan, but it’s a perfect spot to lounge throughout the day as well The park is adjacent to the Hyde Park community, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago, so there’s plenty to do before or after a visit.
Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum
We know a cemetery isn’t exactly a traditional setting to enjoy the nice weather, but Graceland is a beautiful, quiet space to go on a walk or run and see the 2,000 trees and 50 species. Not to mention, the cemetery is full of Chicago history, with notable burials including Marshall Field, Daniel Burnham, David Adler and Bruce Graham. Located in Lakeview, Graceland Cemetery is a surprisingly tranquil escape from the bustle of town.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Although it requires a trip a bit further up north, the Chicago Botanic Garden is worth the visit. It houses millions of plant and flower species, not to mention Japanese islands, aquatic gardens, spectacular blooms and a bonsai collection. While entry is free, there’s a fee for parking and entrance must be pre-registered. For the ultimate springtime celebration, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a must.
If you’re looking for a park based on your location, the Chicago Park District is a great place to start. Whether you explore a new neighborhood or simply enjoy your favorite local park, we hope you’re getting the most out of spring so far!