There are many reasons we love Chicago, but February isn’t typically at the top of that list. That’s no longer the case, however, since we discovered a flurry of places that happily bend reality for us to make it seem like it’s spring—right now.
THE ORCHID SHOW AT CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
The abundance of rare and exotic blooms at this annual show (February 11 to March 26) might tempt you into becoming a real life orchid thief. Fortunately, there are legal ways to get your orchid fix: Just stick around for the post-show sale on March 30. And sure, the flowers are pretty. But you know we’re secretly here for that greenhouse sauna experience.
SPRING FLOWER SHOW AT LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY
This hothouse is open year round, but is there any better time to visit than February? During the annual flower show (February 11 to May 14), you can admire azaleas, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and hydrangea as well as kites and sculptures by Chicago artist Michael F. Thompson. Let a friend know where you’ll be—in case you decide never to leave.
TERRARIUM WORKSHOP SPROUT HOME
Need a bit of spring in your home? Attend a terrarium workshop at Sprout Home and create a pretty pint-size garden. If your thumb is more black than green, be careful not to overwater—trust us, we learned the hard way.
CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW AT NAVY PIER
This floral extravaganza (March 18 to 26) started all the way back in 1847, when it was an exhibition of prized fruits and flowers. Things are a bit grander today with 20-plus life-size gardens for you to walk through all inside Navy Pier. If that’s not enough, the preview party features a fashion show of clothes made entirely of flowers, because why the hell not?
BUTTERFLY HAVEN YOGA AT PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM
Yoga usually leaves us feeling pretty blissed out. We can only assume that adding butterflies to the mix will help us achieve moksha. Check the events listings for upcoming times, and if those don’t fit your schedule, you can always stop by the museum at 2 p.m. for the daily butterfly release.