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6 Reasons to Visit Chicago this Spring

Vikings at the Field Museum

It's not quite festival season yet, but Chicago is coming alive as we come out of our winter hibernation.

Spring is a fantastic time to visit the city – the city is abuzz as people flock to catch the sun, root on the Blackhawks and Bulls. Our parks come to life, our sidewalks fill with curbside patios, and the Lakefront Path blooms with runners, cyclists, and families racing along the shoreline.

6 reasons to visit Chicago this spring

Vikings at the Field Museum

Through Oct. 4

According to the Field Museum, "The popular image of the Vikings—fierce raiders with horned helmets—is being challenged by a more complex picture. Vikings, the exhibition, reveals new insights brought to light through archaeological discoveries. See into the lives of these legendary people through more than 500 artifacts, many never before seen outside of Scandinavia."

The Field Museum is open from 9 am - 5 pm every day, and the Vikings exhibit runs through Oct. 4.

Daily Show Writer Writers Standup Tour

April 18

Love Comedy? Check out this evening with the writers of The Daily Show! Head down to Lincoln Hall and take in some of the best comedy for just $20! After the show, stroll a cuople blocks north to get one of thecity’s best cocktails (and amazing popcorn) at Barrelhouse Flat.

Jazz Age Modernist at the Chicago Cultural Center

March 7 - Aug. 31st, Free

Archibald Motley Jr Chicago

This new exhibit is getting tons of attention in Chicago. From the Cultural Center:  The FREE exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist celebrates twentieth-century American artist Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1891-1981) and reveals his continued impact on art history. While considered a major contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, Motley never lived in New York but rather played that role from Chicago – his home for most of his life.

This full-scale survey of 42 remarkable paintings chronicles the African-American experience, including life in Chicago’s Bronzeville, and gives a radical interpretation of urban culture of the Jazz Age 1920s and 1930s. Spanning 40 years and representing various periods of his lifelong career, the exhibition also includes his noteworthy canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico, as well as works that address slavery and racism.

Take a Chicago Ramen Tour

Ramen is taking over Chicago, transforming your idea of the dorm room staple. New shops have popped up all over the city this year. Some of our favorites you should check out:  

Oiistar, Wicker Park:  We love all the options here, but Oiistar is something different altogether. Easily our favorite.

Furious Spoon, Wicker Park. A tiny spot that doesn't take reservations, you'll want to get here early, or order for takeout.

Acadia, South Loop. Serving Ramen only on Sundays, this Michelin-starred restaurant is offering Ramen bowls for just $14 on Sundays. Well worth the trip to the South Loop to sample from an amazing chef.

High Five Ramen, West Loop. A little basement outlet beneath Green Street Meats, this place is worth it for the scene alone. Green Street Meats features outdoor dining in the alleyway, and the door to High Five is in that alley.

For more Ramen Tour options, check out The Eater's list >> (we're still making our way through it!)

The Book of Morman

Back for a return engagement in Chicago, The Book of Morman continues to wow audiences at the Bank of America Theatre. The award-winning play from the creators of Southpark runs through May 17, so make your plans soon!

Brewery Crawl

If you catch a rainy day in the city, take your party indoors and visit some of the city's best craft breweries. More are opening every month, and we recently created a rundown of a few of our favorites here>>

Three more things to do:  

You can never go wrong with a show at Second City, where the best Saturday Night Live players get their start. Meanwhile, any day having a beverage on a streetside or rooftop patio is a good day. Finally, if you're like almost everyone, then you like bacon, and Chicago's Bacon Fest is back the weekend of April 17 - 18. You won't go hungry!

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