Exploring Chicago During Spring Break
Chicago is divided into 4 major areas: Downtown, North, West and South. These areas are in turn divided into 77 unique and vibrant neighborhoods that are well worth visiting.
Roosevelt University is located right in the heart of Chicago near such famous attractions as Millennium Park, the Bean and the Art Institute of Chicago. Chances are that you will spend most of your time during the semester in Downtown. Spring break starts in just a few days, so take this opportunity to explore new neighborhoods in Chicago that you have never visited before. All 77 neighborhoods of Chicago offer unique options in terms of dining, sightseeing and simply walking around. Take a look below to see what you can do in each area.
Downtown Chicago is home to many famous museums and some of the world’s most iconic buildings, such as Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, Crain Communications Building and Marina Towers. If you have never taken the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, make sure to do so during this year’s spring break. It is considered to be one of the top 10 tours in the US!
In addition to many attractions of Downtown Chicago, next week you will be able to witness another fun event. Every year in honor of St. Patrick’s Day Chicago dyes the river green. This year it will be on March 11th so make sure to mark your calendars and go to Chicago Riverwalk to view it.
North Side Chicago is famous for its baseball games in Wrigleyville and boutique shopping in Wicker Park/Bucktown. You can also catch a comedy show in Old Town or listen to live jazz in Uptown neighborhood. In Lincoln Park, also called City in a Garden, you can stroll down tree-lined streets and view historic churches and brick row houses. Each neighborhood of North Side Chicago has something unique to offer.
West Side Chicago is a melting pot of many different cultures – Puerto Rican, Greek, Mexican, Chinese and many others. Naturally, this is the neighborhood where you will find the most diverse food culture in Chicago. Spend a day exploring ethnic restaurants and specialty shops, and you will feel like you have gone away on a vacation! Pilsen, one of West Side’s neighborhoods, has been a port of entry for immigrants for over 150 years. It is a great place to do offbeat vintage shopping, sip coffee in independent coffee shops and enjoy the diversity of the city.
South Side is the largest in size borough of Chicago and it has a long cultural history. South Side’s neighborhoods attract many visitors. Monuments and public art in Bronzeville pay tribute to The Great Migration, a long-term movement of African Americans from the South of the US to the urban North in 1920-1970. The Bridgeport neighborhood is the birthplace and home to five Chicago mayors, and Hyde Park neighborhood hosted the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893 and remains of deep historical and social importance.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do around Chicago. Take this opportunity to explore the city where you are currently living and studying to better understand its history and culture. Enjoy your spring break!