Chicago: What to do during winter in Chicago

Chicago: What to do during winter in Chicago
Sure, I’ll admit that winter in Chicago doesn’t quite stand up to all that the summer months can offer. However, Chicago is actually still pretty great in the winter… as long as you come prepared for the cold! Be sure to bundle up and put on your eating pants (yes, I actually own “eating pants”) before heading to the Windy City in winter. Here are my favorite things to do during winter in Chicago:

Head to Millennium Park for ice skating

During winter, Chicago hosts an ice skating rink downtown for some true winter fun. It’s such a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, so get there early or go during a weekday. The rink is also centrally located downtown with plenty to do when your done on the rink. Be sure to check out the “Bean” while you’re in the area — without it, you’ll miss out on one of Chicago’s most pointless attractions.

Settle in and grab a seat at a restaurant or bar for some people watching by the fireplace

Have I mentioned that Chicagoans love to eat and drink? Although most like to hideout at home during winter, that doesn’t mean restaurants are closing up shop. And for visitors, it means you can snag plenty of last minute tables and seats by the fireplace! Check out Eater’s list of Chicago’s best restaurants with fireplaces here.

Museums are a great way to avoid the winter in Chicago

Chicago has plenty of museums that are a worthwhile visit during the summer, which makes them even more appealing during winter. Some of my favorites are:

Tire the kids out with bowling and a movie

Pack up the kids and bring the family out to Lucky Strike bowling alley for a full-day of indoor activities. Beyond bowling, you’ll find a full restaurant and bar, pool tables, big screens tvs, and ping pong tables. And when you’re done there, you can access a movie theater next door without having to leave the building, which is a welcome convenience mid-winter.

Bundle up and go for a walk around your favorite neighborhood

There’s something really peaceful about walking through fresh snow in Chicago, especially when you’re in a remarkably-less-crowded-than-normal area. I love to bundle Jimmy up in his stroller, stop at a local coffee shop, and take a stroll around Wicker Park or the Gold Coast neighborhoods. Chicago has gorgeous architecture that looks even better with a fresh coat of snow.

What are your favorite things to do during winter in Chicago?

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