Embracing Chicago Winter

21 November 2018

For residents of 1000M who are looking to brave the Chicago winter, there is more in store than just an honorary badge of courage. Holiday pop-ups, a NYE fireworks spectacular and a music festival at the Art Institute of Chicago are just some of the reasons to plan a staycation in Chi-town during the winter season.

Holiday pop-ups, a NYE fireworks spectacular and a music festival at the Art Institute of Chicago are just some of the reasons to plan a staycation in Chi-town during the winter season.
Christkindlmarket Image: @AbrosiaMaddox

Holiday Pop-ups

Theme-bars are a real Chicago specialty. For those who like to indulge in adult versions of their favorite festive drinks, check out the growing list of Holiday pop-ups around Chicago. And if you’re looking for a family-friendly locale, visit the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. The open-air market has been a part of Chicago’s holiday tradition since 1995, and offers a variety of handmade goods, delicious food, and arguably the best mulled wine in the City.

 

From November 16 – December 24, Christkindlmarket Chicago is open seven days a week, from 11am to 8pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 11am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.

 

New Years Eve

While there isn’t a centralized ball-drop like the one you find in New York’s Times Square, New Year’s Eve is an invitation to explore the countless parties that Chicago has to offer. If a fireworks show and unlimited drinks is your speed, than there’s no better place to ring in the New Year than at Navy Pier. The Chicago Resolution Gala at Navy Pier offers access to fantastic lakefront views, the historic Aon Grand Ballroom and delectable eats.

 

Navy Pier is open seven days a week, from 10AM-8PM on Sunday through Thursday, and 10AM-10PM Friday and Saturday. The 7th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala takes place on December 31st from 8:15PM-2:00AM. Tickets start at $99 for a limited time, and will transition to $119 closer to the date.

 

Holiday pop-ups, a NYE fireworks spectacular and a music festival at the Art Institute of Chicago are just some of the reasons to plan a staycation in Chi-town during the winter season.
The Art Institute of Chicago Image: Christian Newton

Pitchfork’s Midwinter

Chicago’s preeminent online music publication is bringing yet another music festival to Chicago at one of its most treasured institutions: The Art Institute of Chicago. Midwinter is the three-night event that includes live performances from more than 30 acts and original sound installations inspired by works throughout the museum. This groundbreaking event not only enhances the experience of viewing art, but also gives us all more reasons to explore the greater Chicago area during the cold weather.

 

Midwinter by Pitchfork and The Art Institute of Chicago takes place February 15-17, 2019. Tickets start at $50 and vary according to performance. Visit the Midwinter site for more info.