February is almost over, the days are getting longer, and spring will arrive before we know it. To help you through the remaining cold, dark days of winter, Bobby’s Bike Hike has compiled 25 of our favorite things about spring in the Windy City to get you prepped and ready to put your parka back in storage.

  1. St. Patrick’s Day – Love it or leave it, the river dye is empirically cool and a totally unique Chicago tradition.
  2. Patio seating at bars and restaurants – Though it may feel like we’re forcing it at the beginning, there is nothing better than the first meal enjoyed outdoors after a long winter trapped inside.
  3. Bike commuting – Mad props to the brave souls who bike to work 365 days a year, but for the majority of bike commuters, March tends to be when the two wheels come out of storage.
  4. Post-work daylight – There is something so, so sweet about having daylight after 5 p.m. The lengthening days lead to going out more, exploring new parts of the city, and being more productive after work.
  5. The return of greenery – When the trees start to bud, the flowers start to bloom, and the grass peeks out from under the melting snow, the entire color palette of the city changes for the better.
  6. Street festivals – The lineup of spring festivals in Chicago ranges from Baconfest to the Chicago Wine Festival to Chicago Zine Fest. There’s something for everyone on every side of the city.
  7. Leisure time in the parks – Lunch breaks at the River Theatre! An afternoon stroll through the Lurie Garden! Saturday picnics at the Alfred Caldwell lily pond! The options are endless.
  8. The reopening of Riverwalk restaurants and bars – We’re so excited about the return of The Northman beer and cider garden, and the open patio at City Winery.
  9. Cubs games – Wrigleyville bars, rooftop bleacher parties, and ice cold beer await.
  10. White Sox games – The South Side sluggers host a great party! Take the Red Line down to 35th to join the fun!
  11. Beach days – Even before the water is warm enough for swimming, Chicagoans will spend those first balmy days in the sand.
  12. The Hamilton Exhibition at Northerly Island – Opening in April, this new attraction will allow visitors to learn all about the show and its history for much less than the price of a performance.
  13. Walks on the 606 – The elevated freight line conversion park is the perfect place to meet with friends or family and go for a stroll.
  14. Seasonal beers – As the temperatures climb, the local craft breweries try out hoppier, fruitier, lighter, or more tropical recipes. No matter your taste, there is sure to be a warm weather brew for you.
  15. Farmers markets – Popping up all over the city, local farmers markets and the fresh food available offer a welcome change from our wintertime hibernation eating and shopping habits.
  16. Day trips to the Botanic Garden – Located a few miles north in Glencoe, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Illinois. Perfect for a Mother’s Day walk or romantic daytime date.
  17. Rooftop bars The Hotel Lincoln, The Viceroy, London House, The Chicago Athletic Association, and The Robey are just a few of the buildings in Chicago with killer rooftop bars. Nothing better than a drink with a view.
  18. Outdoor concerts – Millennium Park, Northerly Island, Soldier Field, Wrigley Field and various festivals will starting hosting concerts as the weather gets warmer. Get tickets or a lawn chair nearby!
  19. Bike rides to Calumet Fisheries – Head down to the South Shore for the best smoked fish in the region!
  20. The Original Rainbow Cone – Beverly’s legendary frozen treat is a classic taste of Chicago. Cool off with a cone as soon as the temperatures top fifty degrees!
  21. Macy’s Flower Show – Every year, Macy’s decorates the windows of its flagship Chicago store with a themed show of floral goodness, just in time for spring!
  22. Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary – This is one of the most peaceful spots in the bustling city, and becomes even more special as wildlife migrates back in the spring.
  23. River Cruises – Whether you’re enjoying an architectural tour, a romantic dinner ride, or a tiki barge party, the Chicago River is the place to see and be seen as the weather gets warmer.
  24. C2E2Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo is celebrating its tenth anniversary! This legendary springtime event is always a sign of the summer to come.
  25. Good moods and optimism – Perhaps the most important and most obvious perk of spring is the friendliness and cheer that spreads throughout the city as we all get a little more vitamin D.

With all of these awesome events and activities on the horizon, there’s no need to sweat the remaining stress of winter. It’s almost over, the sun is on its way, and Bobby’s bikers and hikers will be back in the streets!