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Spring break in Chicago

By Ana Plefka | Student reporter

It may not be beach weather outside, but Chicago has a lot to offer those who will be taking a staycation in the Windy City for spring break. Check out this list of ways you can have a rewarding and relaxing spring break close to home.

Van Gogh’s Bedrooms
Now through Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Art Institute
Don’t miss your chance to see some of Van Gogh’s most renowned work at this special exhibition.   
Tickets start at $19 for students

Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Now through the end of March, 12–8 p.m.
Maggie Daley Park
The days left to do your favorite winter activities are numbered! Grab some friends and ice skate around Maggie Daley Park before the ice melts.
Skate rental is $12l

Pop Art Design
Now through Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Take a stroll through the history of the pop art movement at the MCA near Water Tower Campus.
Tickets start at $7 for students; Free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays 

Rolling
Now through Saturday, April 2, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Jackalope Theatre, Edgewater
See the world premiere of this dark comedy about a reporter who attempts to hide from a potentially fraudulent story in her small hometown. And it’s close to campus!  
Tickets are $15-$20

Polar Plunge
Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m.
North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park
Here’s your chance to feel the sand between your toes over break! The water may be chilly, but proceeds from donations benefit Special Olympics Chicago. Jump in or just watch while wrapped in your parka.
No registration fee, but all participants are required to raise a minimum of $175 

Neighborhoods of the World
Sunday, March 6, 12–4 p.m.
Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens
Celebrate the culture of Italy in Chicago and immerse yourself in a full day of Italian cuisine, crafts, and performances. 
Free 

Reel Science Film Series: Back to the Future
Thursday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.
Adler Planetarium
Have you ever wondered how Doc Brown’s DeLorean travels through time? Come uncover the science behind the sci-fi classic.
Tickets are $22

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and River Dyeing
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. (River dyeing), 12 p.m. (Parade)
Downtown, Columbus Drive
Join in one of Chicago’s most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions and watch as the river turns green and the Irish dancers skip by.
Free

Leprechaun Leap
Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m.
Lincoln Park
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a breezy run or walk through Lincoln Park. Wear as much green as your closet will allow!
Registration starts at $21

Have a splendid and safe spring break, Ramblers!