By Moira Lawler | April 7, 2017 | Lifestyle
When you wake up to April showers pouring down outside, you’ve got a decision to make: Do you stay put in the blanket you’re currently wrapped up in, or do you use the lousy weather as an excuse to check out the city’s best indoor activities? If you’re into the latter, consider these 19 reasons to look forward to a gloomy forecast.
It’s tough to do under cloud coverage, so head to the Adler Planetarium for the ultimate visibility.
Chicago may not have the fashion pedigree of Paris or New York, but we do have Mainbocher. Embrace any rainy day between now and August to ogle at his high-fashion gowns on display.
Catching up with a friend over bite-sized sandwiches and hot tea makes it easy to forget about the dreary weather. Pinkies up!
...Ideally in a spa-like atmosphere, such as the one you’ll find at any of Equinox’s four Chicago-area locations.
Rainy day blues? Not here.
Whether you were over-served last night or just need a pick-me-up, Old Town’s IVME Wellness + Performance Center has a treatment that’ll get you feeling like a million bucks in under 90 minutes.
A selfless act of kindness—say by sending your loved one a burlap-wrapped bouquet from Flowers for Dreams or an expertly curated gift bundle from Foxtrot—does double duty of showing a friend you care and makes you feel a bit more cheerful, too.
Rainy weather calls for retail therapy, and no place beats the 900 North Michigan Shops—Bloomingdale’s, Club Monaco, Gucci, and Michael Kors are all under one roof.
While you’re in the 900 North Michigan building, head downstairs to Mario Tricoci for a beauty treatment. Massages, facials, haircuts—you name it, they’ve got it.
Sure, the Blue Line gets you pretty close, but you could also arrive in style by calling Signature Transportation Group.
Looking to sip caffeine by day, and something a little stronger in the evening? There are plenty of places to choose from, including Nighthawk, Americano 2211, and the recently opened Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea Bar.
Book a tooth-whitening treatment with Weller Dentist, which has locations in the Gold Coast and Hinsdale.
Francophiles, we’ve got your plans: “L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters” features 45 posters that date back to between 1875 and 1910.
Furniture gazing is best paired with a glass of champagne from in-house restaurant 3 Arts Club Cafe.
Can’t wait for Misty Copeland to take the Harris Theater stage in 2018? See one of this season’s performances to tide you over.
Browse Dabble’s calendar and sign up for a flower-arranging class, a walking tour of Eataly, or a watercolor workshop.
Take in moody skyline views while sipping one of the restaurant’s expertly crafted cocktails.
If you’re able to play hooky, beeline to Pilsen to experience Lagunitas Brewing Company’s tasting tours, which are offered every weekday.
PHOTOGRAPHY Color lithograph mounted on canvas, 81 3/4 x 55 3/4 in. (207.6 × 141.6 cm), Acc. no. 150643, Photograph by John Faier, © Driehaus Museum, 2015; courtesy foxtrot, courtesy ivme, courtesy of adler planetarium, courtesy Driehaus