WINTER ACTIVITIES IN CHICAGO

14 November 2019

 

Despite the cold, we love Chicago winter and the slew of seasonal activities throughout the city. Looking for the perfect thing to do on a snow day? Then look no further, because we’re sharing our favorite chilly weather activities across Chicago.

 

Visit a museum

With 1000Mlocated just a stone’s throw away from Chicago’s very own Museum Campus, residents can easily stroll through a snow-blanketed Grant Park to enjoy a day at The Field Museum,The Shedd Aquarium or Adler Planetarium. Also right down the street from 1000M: The Art Institute, where you can witness the emblematic lion statues all dolled up in holiday gear. And only a short drive away is The Museum of Science and Industry, which puts on its Christmas Around the World exhibit each holiday season. Take your pick!

 

Catch live music

Any night of the week, you can listen to live music so good that you’ll just have to dance at several different settings across the city. Around the corner from 1000M,Buddy Guy’s Legends serves up legendary blues. Similarly in Lincoln Park, Kingston Mines promises blues every night of the week. For soulful jazz and a piece of gangster history, try The Green Mill in Uptown. And for a classic country honky tonk, pay a visit to Carol’s Pub, also in Uptown.

 

Ice skating in the city’s most famous setting

Millennium Park takes on a new life during the winter. Beneath Chicago’s landmark sculpture, Cloud Gate (aka The Bean), an ice-skating rink becomes the number one destination for seasonal outdoor fun. Nextdoor Maggie Daley Park has a competing ice-skating rink of its own, known as The Ribbon. Try them both and pick your favorite!

 

Warm up with a hot drink

We love coffee any time of year, but hot drinks take on a whole new meaning when it’s this cold outside. For the most luxurious hot chocolate you’ll ever experience, take a trip over to Mindy’s Hot Chocolate (pro-tip: try the brunch or desserts there while you’re at it). Or, for a sophisticated Saturday afternoon, head over to afternoon tea at The Allis in Soho House. To do a little furniture shopping with your cappuccino, check out the Three Arts Club in Restoration Hardware, where atmosphere and good eats go hand-in-hand.

 

A night at the theater

On stages all across the city, performances are waiting to sweep you off your feet. Catch a Broadway show at The Broadway Playhouse, or delight in an opera at The Chicago Lyric Opera. And our personal favorite — let our friends over at The Joffrey Ballet astound you with their reimagined take on everyone’s favorite holiday classic: The Nutcracker.