When you think of spring your thoughts turn to flowers. Which you’ll find everywhere as botanic gardens burst with color around Illinois. But this time of year also marks the return of warmer temps, baseball and a welcomed chance to get away for spring break.

Botanic Gardens in Bloom

Mother Nature outdoes herself again.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of spring at botanic gardens filled with Mother Nature’s personal touches. Here, you’ll discover everything from fields of wild flowers and sculpted gardens to trees from around the world exploding with blossoms.

Where to Go

  • The Morton Arboretum

    CITY: Lisle

    Wander through woods, a kids’ garden and native prairie in a place that feels surprisingly remote.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden

    CITY: Glencoe

    Discover 26 gardens—from stately to whimsical—on 385 acres of grounds that include nine islands.
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens

    CITY: Rockford

    Experience a Zen-like tranquility through the 14 acres of this seasonal wonder known for waterfalls.
  • Quad City Botanical Center

    CITY: Rock Island

    Explore the tropics in a soaring greenhouse along the Mississippi River.
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Indoor Water Parks

Spring break fun under one roof.
Who says you need a boarding pass to enjoy spring break? Or even a plan, for that matter? Just head to an indoor water park where you can lounge poolside, splash down water slides, grab a bite to eat, and head back to your room—without ever leaving the resort.

Where to Go

  • CoCo Key Water Resort - Rockford

    CITY: Rockford

    Four-story water slides and an on-site spa keep the whole family happy.
  • KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort

    CITY: Gurnee

    Enjoy water slides, spa treatments and tropical cocktails set against beachy décor.
  • Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort and Enchanted Forest

    CITY: Utica

    Discover waterslides, zip lining, an arcade, mini golf and spacious villas for the whole family.
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Opening Day

The two most beautiful words for a baseball fan.
In a perfect world, opening day—with its electric atmosphere, pageantry and presidential first pitches—would be a national holiday. But until that time comes, baseball’s biggest day will simply mark the unofficial start to spring. And if you have to miss work to enjoy it? So be it.

Where to Go

  • Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

    CITY: Chicago

    The neighborhood surrounding this baseball shrine adds to the charged atmosphere of opening day.
  • Chicago White Sox

    CITY: Chicago

    Start the season on Chicago’s South Side watching the 2005 World Series champs.
  • Peoria Chiefs Baseball Team

    CITY: Peoria

    Sign the little ones up for Homer’s Kids Club to receive a free ticket to five games and other perks.
  • Joliet Slammers

    CITY: Joliet

    Between-inning antics at beautiful Silver Cross Field include water balloon tosses and mascot races.
  • Danville Dans at Historic Danville Stadium

    CITY: Danville

    Visit this historic stadium featured in “The Babe” and “A League of Their Own.”
  • Schaumburg Boomers Baseball

    CITY: Schaumburg

    Check out Frontier League action at this ballpark in the Chicago suburbs.
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