The Art of Hygge

4 December 2018

Throughout our legendary Chicago winters, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the snow, the cold and the sun setting before 5:00. This season, embrace the weather through the Danish concept of Hygge.

Even amidst the Midwest winter gloom, hygge helps us celebrate and embrace the season. Read more about the history and benefits of hygge on the blog

The word hygge has deep roots in both Danish and Norwegian culture. In old Nordic, the word means seeking refuge, protection and well-being. It first appeared in Danish writing in the 18th Century and has since evolved into the cultural idea fondly embraced in Denmark and Norway. The abstract concept of hygge has branched out to other corners of the world, enticing those who want to discover a warmer, comforting way of living.


In essence, hygge means to create a warm atmosphere and enjoy the goodness of life with great people. Cozying up with a loved one on the couch, sitting around a warm fire and savoring your favorite comfort food with family all encompass the concept of hygge. Hygge is all about warmth and well-being, putting a focus on creating a calm, peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. Winter is considered to be the high season of hygge, when candles can burn brighter and blankets and oversized scarves are already in use. In a city where winters are harsh, hygge can help Chicagoans nestle into a happier cold weather routine.


So how can 1000M residents embrace the idea of hygge? Our Library Lounge on Level 11 has lush seating, roaring fires and beautiful views of Lake Michigan, perfect for curling up with a good book on a cold day. Spend a night cooking comfort food with loved ones in our gorgeous kitchens, all while overlooking Chicago’s spectacular skyline. Or, treat yourself with a hygge-filled day at the 1000M Spa, replete with warm plunge pools, the signature Himalayan salt room, saunas and our virtual meditation room. Even amidst the Midwest winter gloom, hygge helps us celebrate and embrace the season.