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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Take a Spring Break in Chicago

Spring is fast approaching and Chicago city will be in full bloom with an array of indoor and outdoor events and attractions.

Visit Navy Pier for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 10-18, to see stunning floral varieties and enjoy seminars, cooking demos and youth activities. With its "Hort Couture" theme, the show's 25-plus gardens will draw inspiration from textures and colors found in plants and fabrics.

One of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country, the downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrates the patron saint of Irish heritage. On March 17, watch as parade floats, musicians and dancers take to Columbus Drive, then catch a glimpse of the Chicago River dyed green in honor of the festivities. Also, an old favorite returns this year to the Beverly neighborhood when the South Side Irish Parade kicks off on March 11 at Western Avenue from 103rd to 115th Street.

From April 13 to 26, catch screenings at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, presenting the great diversity of themes and genres of Latino filmmaking from around the world.

Every spring Michigan Avenue celebrates the bloom of hundreds of thousands of vibrant tulips, signaling the start of the season in Chicago. From May 1 to 31, visit Tulips on The Magnificent Mile while taking advantage of special events and spring offers at area hotels, restaurants, spas and attractions.

Celebrate Hispanic culture at the Cinco De Mayo Parade on May 6 in the Pilsen neighborhood, where visitors will find authentic Mexican food vendors, colorful floats, great music and dancing starting at noon.

The FREE Illinois Tourism Day returns to Union Station's historic Great Hall on May 17, bringing with it live music, fun giveaways and information booths about all the great attractions to discover throughout the state.

Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival on May 19 is a FREE fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid – from running around outdoors and flying paper kites to enjoying family-focused programming including face painting, crafts and balloon artists.

For additional event and attraction details, visit Chicago’s official tourism website, www.ExploreChicago.org.
For more information about top events in Illinois take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Illinois