Months of bulky layers, winter boots and snow shoveling have left Chicagoans yearning for green grass, higher temps and sunny skies. Mother Nature continues to surprise with glimpses of an early spring, and thanks to these top-notch Instagram users, you’re invited to a spring-themed Chicago photo tour that will convince you to break out the short sleeves and sandals soon.
Springtime is on full display with this shot of iconic Navy Pier. Navy Pier is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, and you can honor its history with a ride on the new Ferris wheel set to open this summer.
The bean-shaped sculpture Cloud Gate reflects the downtown skyline and unseasonable sunshine in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The 24.5-acre public park near the Loop is a must-see for visitors and native Chicagoans alike.
The Chicago Theatre
The lights of The Chicago Theatre glow on State Street with flags in honor of the city’s upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration lining the street. The 3,600 seat theater built in French Baroque style has been entertaining patrons since 1921.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Spring is always on display at the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Lincoln Park. Four display houses overflowing with lush plants and flowers invite visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city throughout the year.
Gold Coast Historic District
More than 200 neighborhoods make Chicago the unique and diverse city it is. Spring is the perfect time to stroll alongside the row houses and mansions in the Gold Cost Historic District, a part of the city’s Near North Side community.
The 18-mile Chicago Lakefront Trail along Lake Michigan offers exceptional views of the Windy City for everyone to enjoy, from runners to bikers to four-legged friends. Visitors can use this trail to access the city’s beaches and outdoor attractions like Grant Park.