When spring finally arrives in Chicago, people tend to come out of hibernation. After a long winter of spending a lot of time indoors, everyone is ready to embrace the sunshine and enjoy some warm weather. That means attending the many local events that kick off as the temperature rises. Here are five local late-spring gatherings that are sure to uplift your mood.
5 Chicago Events To Attend This Spring
1. Chicago Wine Fest - Lincoln Park Zoo
Saturday, April 27th 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Do you want to stroll along the Lincoln Park Zoo while taste testing wine from across the globe? Head to the in the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House & Foreman Pavilion on Saturday, April 27th for some delicious food and wine tasting. There will be live music at all three sessions beginning at noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., so choose which best suits your schedule. Ticket prices start at $35 and . Grab a VIP spot for early access and to meet wine experts who will share information on each varieties’ unique origins and taste notes.
2. Spring Made in Chicago Market - Bridge 410
Saturday, April 13th
Do you love shopping locally? Support Chicago makers at the on Saturday, April 13th at Bridge 410. There, you’ll sample food and drinks created by local vendors while perusing crafts, home goods, apparel and more. This is the perfect place to find gifts for friends or a little something for yourself! Plus, American Bocce will be on-site offering fun activities to help celebrate the warming weather.
3. Baconfest Chicago - UIC Dorin Forum
Friday, April 5th - Saturday, April 6th
Do you love a hot pan full of frying bacon? If so, you’ll want to attend Dorin Forum April 5th-6th. This one-of-a-kind festival showcases food artists and chefs who create tasty bacon dishes from ice cream to marshmallows, chocolate brittle and queso fundido. You can enjoy a full meal themed around the cured meat or snack on local favorites from many food trucks and restaurants. Ticket prices range from $60 plus fees for a bacon-only, non-alcohol option to $160 for VIP tickets. This event sells out fast, so consider in advance.
4. Jazz Fest Crawfish Boil - Frontier
Sunday, April 28
Get a taste of the bayou at by visiting the on Sunday, April 28th. The two seatings at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. offer plenty of chances to listen to the soulful music while digging into the all-you-can-eat crawfish pie, frozen daiquiris, Abita and crawfish Monica. are just $35 and give access to all the spicy food and sweet drinks you can handle.