Living in a colder climate Chicagoans relate to “cabin fever”. The weather teases us at this time of the year with promises of warmer, sunnier days and they are right around the corner. Our neighborhood focus in this article is Lincoln Park. Because we have built and sold many homes in the area, we like to support local businesses and ideas but fear not, you don’t have to live in the area to take advantage of all it has to offer…
With longer daylight hours and the retirement of the parka, Chicagoans are chomping at the bit to go out and have fun – and the much needed dose of vitamin D is welcomed. The top 5 are on our minds and we hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Without much further ado – number one on our list of favorite things about spring, happy people!
#1 Everyone is happier. Open the front door and step outside – instant smile. The satisfaction of having survived another Chicago winter settles in. Pull out the strollers and bikes and hit the one of many trails in the city. One of the great things about Chicago is the lakefront – take advantage before the snow mounds take over the sand again. http://www.choosechicago.com/articles/view/THE-LAKEFRONT-TRAIL/454/
#2 Outdoor cafes come alive. It’s no secret that the key to success for restauranteurs in the warmer climate is outdoor seating. Chicago loves its pizza and what’s better than eating it outside. One of our Lincoln Park favorites is Home Slice. www.getsomehomie.com
#3 The Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo has lots to see. “After a winter spent growing behind the scenes, the Chilean Flamingo chicks stepped out with their flock for the first time in March.” And don’t forget the new exhibit, Regenstein Macaque Forest, a high tech home for Japanese macaques. Monkey around at the zoo this spring – http://www.lpzoo.org/plan-your-visit
#4 Tons of Festivals. Spring time ushers in a time to celebrate and what better way than to raise a glass to the upcoming summer. Join our fellow Chicago residents in a toast at the Lincoln Park Wine Festival. “wine connoisseurs will also appreciate hearing the expertise of brand ambassadors and sommeliers. And enhancing the fest will be a chilled live music lineup, food-wine pairings, fine artists, and the products/services of wine-related vendors.” http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=322
#5 Farmers Market, harvests are on their way. The city has farmer’s markets in almost every neighborhood. These markets support the community and local farmers. They provide healthy, sustainable and truly local products fresher than anything you can find in a super market. Green City Market has many events and worth a visit. http://www.greencitymarket.org/