Chicago Family Bucket List – Spring 2016

Every month, I try to plan for our family activities in advance and put them on my calendar with the help of Chicago Parent magazine. I also create a seasonal bucket list at the beginning of every season, with seasonal activities, festival and special exhibits going on in Chicago Museums. I usually do this with kids. We make a poster board of our bucket list and put it up on the wall. Then mark it checked as we go through it.

Spring is when I plan a lot of nature activities outdoors, enjoying the blooms and flowers, particularly tulips. We also plan and prepare for our vegetable garden. We feel very lucky to have an early Spring this year. Biking is one of my favorite outdoor activities with kids, second to beach fun. But we’ll have to wait for few months before we can really enjoy the beach. There are lots of children’s festivals in Spring. We go to some of these every year.

I’m sharing our Spring 2016 Family Bucket List for Chicago. (F) are free events or activities. You can also find the printable list below.

PMIconclearNature Activities

PMIconclearBiking Activities

  • North Branch Trail (Our goal is to once ride from the start in the city all the way up to Chicago Botanic Garden) (F)
  • Kiddical Mass (Check for various neighborhoods and dates. This is great for families with younger kids) (F)
  • Bike The Drive (Saturday, May 29) (F)
  • Bike on the 606 (F)

PMIconclearMuseums and Special Exhibits



Please add any fun activity, event or festival ideas you enjoy in Spring in Chicago with kids in the comments below.

Family Bucket List Chicago Spring

Family Bucket List – Chicago Spring 2016

*I created our list for our children, ages 10 and 8. Therefore, I don’t have many activities for pre-elementary ages. Still, you can enjoy most of these activities and events with younger children as well.


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