Spring break is just around the corner, and Chicago offers an abundance of cool places to enjoy. If you’re staying around the city this year, there is no shortage of laid-back activities to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Based on anonymized trip data, here are 6 top bars, parks, and spas to visit in the Windy City.
This funky bar is a great place to enjoy a few drinks with friends. The first floor boasts a classically styled bar area, while the second floor is home to beer taps attached to a vintage Volkswagen bus. The food menu offers everything from tacos to burgers, and brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday. This bar gets its name from the hopsmiths who produced beer in Chicago during the Prohibition era.
When: Mon – Fri, noon – 4am; Sat, 11am – 5am; Sun, 11am – 4am
Where: 15 W Division St
This pub has been part of the city’s fabric since 1961 and is a true Chicago institution, welcoming some of the same customers for more than 50 years. Family-operated since opening its doors, Butch McGuire’s is now run by the original owner’s son. The laid-back drinking hole offers 25 beers on tap, as well as cocktails and other beverages, plus a menu featuring typical bar food, from burgers to Chicago-style hot dogs and pizza.
When: Mon – Fri, 11am – 4am; Sat, 10am – 5am; Sun, 10am – 4am
Where: 20 W Division St
This 20-acre public park has something for the entire family. Enjoy a round of mini golf, scale the rock climbing wall, or stop to smell the roses in the park’s garden. If you’re looking to burn a few calories, you can rent a pair of in-line skates or challenge a friend to a tennis match. Kids will love the state-of-the-art Play Garden, which features various adventure areas divided by age group.
When: Every day, 6am – 11pm
Where: 337 E Randolph St
Located inside Soho House, this spa features products from the British lifestyle brand Cowshed. Head to one of 5 treatment rooms for a massage, or opt for a luxury manicure. Body scrubs, facials, and waxing services are also on offer. Men can enjoy the full-service grooming treatment, which includes a relaxing shoulder, neck, and scalp massage.
When: Mon – Fri, 10am – 8pm; Sat, 9am – 8pm; Sun, 10am – 8pm
Where: 113 N Green St
This spa features both traditional and modern treatments, ranging from facials to hydrotherapy soaks and body polishes. All of the therapies blend the principles of healing arts, such as yoga and Chinese medicine, with modern beauty and wellness technologies. The spa is located inside the landmark Palmer House Hilton hotel, which lays claim to a selection of well-rated restaurants.
When: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm; Sun, 9am – 6pm
Where: 17 E Monroe St
This city park is loved by locals and visitors alike, and it’s home to the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, which has become a Chicago landmark. Enjoy the flowers in bloom inside the park’s garden, or admire the sculptures in the outdoor Chakaia Booker exhibition. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a bike or take a Segway tour around the park. This green space really comes alive in the spring and is a great spot for the entire family.
When: Every day, 6am – 11pm
Where: 201 E Randolph St
If you’re looking to avoid the traditional spring break atmosphere, these Chicago spots are great places to visit. So what are you waiting for? Head out and discover what makes the Windy City so great.