The Big Thaw: Packing for Spring in Chicago

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The Big Thaw: Packing for Spring in Chicago

Chicago is one of the largest and most diverse cities in the country and every year more people travel to the Midwest to see what the city has to offer. This was proven even more true in 2017 when Choose Chicago reported a record breaking 55.2 million people traveled to Chicago that year. So what’s not to like about Chicago? If you ask a Chicago native, you’ll almost always get the same answer: the weather.

But are you going to let a little windchill get in your way of experiencing one of the most exciting and cultural cities in America? No way! With the arrival of spring, we’ve got some tips and tricks to ensure that you’ll enjoy Chicago, no matter what time of the year it is!

Make a plan.

Making a generalized plan for your vacation is a super helpful way to prepare for the task of actually packing. Will you be going to a lot of museums while in Chicago? You may need to pack walking shoes and a jacket. Planning on staying local and mainly checking out the nightlife around the hotel? You can probably ditch the sneakers. Have a general concept of your goals for your trip so that you can avoid over packing.

Avoid bulk.

The key to packing for the spring time is to give yourself options. You’re not going to have as many options if you insist on packing the heavy denim jacket. Keep fabrics in mind while packing, these will be the key to enjoying both warmer days but also allowing you more sweaters for when the temperature possibly drops. And what does bulk love? Those shoes, of course! Pack light with your shoe options, maybe one or two options that will be good for both hot and cool outings.

Come prepared- but not too prepared.

You sometimes never know what you’re going to get when it comes to Chicago’s weather. Due to this, you should always be prepared with numerous options but allow yourself to purchase things as you need them once you’ve arrived in Chicago. Go ahead and pack a poncho but maybe wait on buying an umbrella for your trip until it actually starts raining. Most hotels can refer you to the quickest place to purchase something that you didn’t pack, so take advantage of the sightseeing!

Where to Stay?

The City Suites Hotel

Located in the heart of Boystown, accessible via Red Line train

The Majestic Hotel

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train

The Willows Hotel

Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train

The Ivy Hotel

Located near the Magnificent Mile.