March tends to be a wild card when it comes to weather in Chicago－ you can bet it’s not going to be warm, but will it at least be bearable? This year, there’s a sense of growing optimism as both the temperature and vaccination rate rises. We’re not out of the woods yet, but now that the sun is shining and COVID positivity rates are down, Chicagoans are more than ready to get out of the house; here are five things to do on an outing in Chicago this March.
Garfield Park Conservatory is now accepting visitors to its impressive and varied indoor gardens. The conservatory is creating a safer environment by requiring reservations in advance, mask-wearing, physical distancing, and other precautionary measures. The reopening includes the Spring Flower Show: Saturation exhibit.
The home of Wellington and his tuxedoed friends is welcoming back aquatic animal enthusiasts, and is implementing a timed-ticket reservation system for those keen on paying a visit to their water-dwelling friends. Don’t forget to also say hello to Nickel, the green sea turtle and “star of the Caribbean Reef habitat.”
Reserve a ticket at the Art Institute ahead of time to check out all of the amazing works on display right now. Current exhibitions include Monet and Chicago, Bisa Butler: Portraits, and Jo Ractliffe: DRIVES.
Andersonville usually celebrates its restaurants for only a week, but this year the neighborhood is turning that week into a month-long celebration of food! Each week, diners can order prix-fixe meals-to-go from a different group of restaurants.
The Lakefront Trail has been open to exercising Chicagoans for several months, but recently the city announced that it would be reopening more of the lakefront－ including playgrounds and other “nature play spaces.” It may be a little brisk right now, but has that ever really stopped Chicagoans from getting outside in the springtime?
Chicago March Featured Image Credit: Shedd Aquarium on Facebook