6 Things to Do Outside in Chicago This April

Not only is being outside still the safest way to be together, but it’s also much more comfortable as temperatures begin to rise in Chicago. While April is always a bit of a wild card where weather is concerned, with more sunshine and warmer breezes, Chicagoans are ready to get outdoors and have some fun. Here are six things to do outside in Chicago this April to gear up for the springtime bloom!

Participate in the Hop, Stop N’ Run 5K 

You can get out and about this spring while supporting the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce and Common Pantry! Walk, run, or bike safely and at your own pace, and don’t forget to bring the provided map and interactive bingo card to get the full experience.

Visit the Animals at Lincoln Park Zoo

While many of the zoo’s buildings are still closed for safety reasons, you can enjoy all of the wildlife living outdoors at Lincoln Park Zoo! If you’re searching for things to do in Chicago in April, there are always new fluffy and feathered friends to meet, and it’s a perfect opportunity to get outside in Chicago’s rising temperatures this month.

Check Out Art On the MART

Starting in April, the world’s “largest permanent digital art projection” will feature Astrographics— a four-part artistic piece produced by Adler Planetarium which “will explore ways in which humans conceptualize and visualize their universe.” If you’ve been staring at the same four walls for most of the winter, attend this event in Chicago in April to get out of the house. 

Go On the Gangsters and Ghosts Tour

Even if you live in Chicago, it can be fun to be a tourist in your own city for a day. If you’re looking for things to do in Chicago with friends in April, learn more about the spookier side of Chicago’s history with the Gangsters and Ghosts Tour. It is a socially-distanced, limited-capacity walking tour running four times daily and hitting spots like Palmer House and the Congress Hotel.

Catch a Show at Montrose Saloon

Seeing live music in person continues to be difficult to do safely, but Montrose Saloon provides a space for musicians and listeners alike to make it work. Almost every night, there’s an outdoor show (weather permitting) featuring a local artist, and with no cover charge— so don’t forget to hit that tip jar!

Learn About Chicago Architecture— On a Boat!

Locals and tourists alike agree that the architecture cruise tour in Chicago is a great way to experience the city. During the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center’s 90-minute River Cruise, you’ll learn the background of over 50 buildings along the Chicago River, all while enjoying the spring sunshine (hopefully!).

Image by Day_Photo from Pixabay 


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