Winters can be a blast when you have things to do in Chicago; not just a blast of freezing cold air off of Lake Michigan but a great time to spend time with friends and family and see what the city has to offer. It can be tempting to stay inside all winter and catch up on all of that TV you’ve been missing, but you’ll truly be kicking yourself if you miss out on some of these wonderful winter-time opportunities.
Bundle up, strap on your skates, and sip on some hot cocoa with your special someone. Ice skating is a favorite winter pastime of Chicagoans for good reason; there are several free skating rinks maintained by the Chicago Parks District. If you prefer to stay downtown try out the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. If you’re a first-timer trying to avoid large crowds try out the Midway Plaisance Rink in Hyde Park. Both rinks offer ice skate rentals for around $10.
Stay out of the cold and find some great deals on all of your favorite brands. Water Tower Place on 845 N Michigan Ave has a huge selection of clothing, jewelry, candy, and specialty stores. For a more upscale shopping experience, try Nordstrom on Grand Ave, Nieman Marcus on Michigan Ave, or Barneys on Oak St. where you can find all of the latest luxury and designer goods.
Chicago is home to many beautiful museums that are open all year round. Come in during winter and warm up with one of the featured exhibits at the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, or the Field Museum of Natural History. These museums offer free general admission on select dates to students and Illinois residents.
Cheering on your favorite team in an arena with thousands of other fans is another great way to get over the cold. Check out the NFC-North powerhouse Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Lake Shore Drive. Or come to the United Center indoor arena on Madison St. for the championship winning Bulls or Blackhawks. Diehard Chicago fans ensure a heated competition by turning out in record numbers to support their teams.
Enjoy some traditional winter fun on a carriage or sleigh ride with Chicago Carriages or A Zoo to You tour companies. Rides last anywhere from half an hour to two hours and feature many Chicago landmarks. Check out Haunted Chicago or Grave adventures with Accenting Chicago for a Halloween-themed exploration of the city’s most notable attractions and historic figures.
Enjoy some of the best cuisine from all across Chicago late in the winter season during Restaurant Week, held in late February each year. The top restaurants craft three course lunch and dinner meals offered at $22 and $32 respectively. It’s a great opportunity to experience warming meals and explore Chicago cuisine for a reasonable price.
No matter what you do during the winter months, make sure you’re having fun. If you get your friends and family together for these unique winter events, you’re sure to create some lasting memories. For the latest updates on fun events around Chicago, “like” Concierge Preferred on Facebook.