With spring break coming up, many already have plans for their tropical vacations, but there is still a population of the school who plan on staying home. Rest and relaxation is key, but many who are staying home still look for something to do over the course of the week. Staying home has never been better with the abundance of activities in or around the surrounding area.
Baconfest: America’s favorite breakfast side now is being celebrated for an entire weekend. From March 31st-April 1st, enjoy unlimited amounts of bacon from over 150 local restaurants, even featuring Lake Bluff’s local chef, John Des Rosiers. Baconfest also provides a lot of support to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and attendees can bring canned food to donate to the group. To buy your tickets, click here.
Explore a new museum: Chicago is one of the best cities for learning and exploring. Its many museums, such as the Art Institute, Shedd, Science and Industry, and the Field Museum, all provide unique learning opportunities, but there are many more that often go unnoticed. Give the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Chicago Design Museum a chance. Each feature a wide variety of art that aren’t as familiar as a Picasso or an O’Keefe, but still maintain a high level of quality. To decide which museum is right for you, check out Time Out’s “10 Best Chicago Museums”
Shows to see:
Hamilton: If you manage to get your hands on these tickets for your week off, you will not be disappointed. The hit musical will leave you speechless and entertains all ages for its 2.5 hour run. The enthusiasm in the theater is unlike any other performance, mainly because everyone in the theater wants to be there. The cast makes great connections with the audience, and features some of the best of Broadway. A show doesn’t get eleven Tony award wins for being mediocre and this one definitely lives up to the hype.
Mamma Mia!: If you can’t get your hands on some of the most sought-after broadway tickets, maybe it is time to give local theater a try. The Marriott theater in Lincolnshire will have Mamma Mia! on their stage throughout Spring Break. You will feel as if you are along the Mediterranean only 10 miles away from home. It’s a sweet love story following Sophie, a soon-to-be-married woman who is determined to discover who her father is before her wedding day. As if it couldn’t get any better, it features the music of ABBA, such as, “Take a Chance on Me,” “Honey, Honey,” “Dancing Queen.” It’s the only musical that can make you feel “only seventeen” as soon as you enter the theater. You can buy tickets here.
Upright Grand @ Citadel Theater: If you are looking for even more local theater, look no further than Lake Forest’s own Citadel Theater. From March 16th-26th, the cast will show Uptight Grand, a show about a father and daughter relationship with the piano. The show is written by Laura Schellhardt, a Chicago writer who has written five other shows. The cast is only composed of three actors, but is guaranteed to entertain the audience for its run. You can purchase your tickets here.
Columbus Blue Jackets / Blackhawks: The 4th seeded Columbus Blue Jackets were the team to beat in the NHL in December having won 16 straight games, which was one short of the NHL record. Since then, however, the Blue Jackets have hit a roadblock, and over the course of February and March they look to regain the power they once had heading into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks haven’t been having as wildly successful of a season as in years prior, but still have the fifth best record in the NHL. When Columbus comes to the Madhouse on Madison on March 31st it will be the final time the two organizations meet this year. Earlier in the season, the Blue Jackets beat the Hawks 3-2, but this time the Hawks look to flip the script on home ice. Led by All-Stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane along with rookie sensation Ryan Hartman, the Hawks will have the chance to even the series with Columbus in a top five showdown over Spring Break.
Chicago Bulls / Cavaliers: The defending champions are coming back to town and the timing could not be better for the students that are staying home. The Chicago Bulls will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth and final time this season at the United Center on March 30th as both teams will be beginning to prepare for the NBA playoffs. The game will feature well known stars such as Lebron James and Kyrie Irving from the Cavs and Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade from the Bulls. It is especially important due to the lurking possibility that the two prestigious franchises will meet in the first round of the playoffs. This game will be one of Chicago’s biggest of the year and the UC is expected to be a sellout, so for the students that are staying home over Spring Break and are interested in the contest, get your tickets soon!
Little Goat: Diner food has never been so good. Whether it be the “bi bim bop breakfast bowl,” their take on the breakfast sandwich titled, “this little piggy went to China,” or the many other breakfast options, they fail to disappoint. They serve breakfast all day, which makes for the perfect pick-me-up after a long day in the city. It is a 10 minute walk straight from Ogilvie, which ensures even most direction-plagued travelers an easy bite to eat. Click here to find out more
High tea: if you feel like traveling across the Atlantic for an afternoon of finger sandwiches and tea, look no further than your city. Chicago has many opportunities for high tea, even Lake Forest’s Deerpath Inn provides locals with the elegance of a relaxing afternoon accompanied with bite sized treats. Use the Zagat “8 Must-Try Afternoon Teas in Chicago” to find the right place for you.
Longitud315: Many people are familiar with Highwood favorites like Miramar and Buffo’s, but Longitud315 is a rising favorite in the town. It is a South-American themed restaurant with a lot of authentic cuisine. Some favorites on the menu are the fried plantains, chimichurri, and the empanadas. To see even more of their menu, click here.
R.J. Grunts: If you’re looking for a restaurant with a casual atmosphere or are just craving some traditional American food, R.J. Grunts is the place to go. The menu is filled with cheesy comics and a wide variety of options (with relatively large portions). Some of their fan favorites are a cookies & cream malt, chicken wings, or any of their juicy burgers. No matter what you order, it’s delicious. Located in Lincoln Park, R.J. Grunts may not come to mind for a lunch/dinner downtown, but once you try it, it will become a new favorite.