Discover Springtime in Chicago
Most of us are still rubbing the sleep out of our eyes from the long winter’s hibernation right around the time St. Patrick’s Day and then Easter rolls around. Well, it is that time of year again, making right now the perfect time to check out all of the great travel opportunities available in and around Chicago. You may not realize this, but springtime is a great time to visit the Chicago area. Let’s take a look at why you should be planning a new travel assignment near the “Windy City.”
Spring Flowers. Nothing quite captures the spirit of re-awakening after a long winter than seeing the beauty and the blossoms of spring flowers. Spring is the time to capture the smells and beauty of the cherry blossoms along the Columbia Basin or head downtown to Lurie Garden to experience thousands of hand-planted flowers and more than 60 species of birds. For some of the best-curated spaces, you can find anywhere, a short drive to the Chicago suburbs will deliver you to the Botanic Garden with 25 garden displays and four natural habitats.
Beer Festivals. Did your reveling on St. Patrick’s Day whet your whistle for some fine craft beers? The taste of beer is always better when you can do it outside, and the folks in Chicago are known for their spring beer festivals. From May’s Chicago Beer Classic featuring more than 80 participating breweries situated in and around Soldier Field to the Beer Under Glass Festival at the Garfield Park Conservatory to Chicago Craft Beer Week through May 27th. If you love to check out new craft beers and old favorites, there are suds available all spring long.
Movies and Music. For nine years running, Chicago has rolled out the red carpet for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. This four-day celebration of the marriage between music and movies is a springtime staple in Wicker Park. The springtime month of May is also the official start of Chicago’s summer music festival season. Every weekend the outdoor stages are filled with popular music acts to keep you moving and grooving May through the end of summer.
Location, location, location. As many things as there are to do in and around Chicago when on a travel assignment, working tourists find that they are within a short drive to activities and day-trip spots for every interest imaginable. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy river rafting in nearby Oglesby, Illinois’ Vermillion River. A few hours north and you can be enjoying the great atmosphere, biking, and kayaking in Madison, Wisconsin. Or if architecture is your thing, nearby Racine, Wisconsin is home to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus that features a cantilevered tower and Seuss-like platform columns. Also, a short 90-minute drive south will have you wandering the majestic campus of Notre Dame University and exploring the halls of the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
Rain? No Worries. We all know that to prompt all of the lovely flowers to bloom, Mother Nature has to dump a little bit of water on the ground. When you are on assignment in Chicago, a little bit of rain doesn’t have to curtail your sight-seeing. In fact, the city boasts more museums, art galleries, and science centers than you will have time to discover during your 13-weeks. Plus, when it is wet outside, you will be perfect inside checking out the thriving bar, restaurant, and nightclub scene throughout the city.
Make the most of your spring this year and check out the great travel assignments that are currently available in the Chicago area. Whether you want to be downtown or in a nearby city, there are opportunities for everyone. If you’re not ready to call your recruiter today, check out Supplemental Health Care’s powerful job search tool here, and see what is available. Or, if you are ready to roll, call your recruiter and start packing for spring in the big city. If you have already been to Chicago, tell us your favorite places to visit in the comment section below. Or stop by our Facebook page and tell us why you love the Windy City.