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5 Classic Winter Chicago Activities

Grab your gloves and bundle up, it’s wintertime in Chicago! Even though it’s cold in the winter, Chicago has loads of things to do. When you visit the city in the winter, you’ll find cozy bars and restaurants, eye-catching architecture, inspiring museums, prestigious sports teams, and of course, a dazzling layer of snow over the entire city. With so many activities to do and places to see during the winter, it can be easy to accidentally miss out on some of the most exciting experiences. Not sure where to start? Here’s a handy guide with 5 classic winter activities to do in Chicago.

Ice skate at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park’s famous Skating Ribbon features the city’s sweeping skyline in the background and a winding pathway of ice instead of a traditional round rink. This activity is great for families of all ages and ensures that everyone will have lots of fun. This year the Skating Ribbon is open through March 13th.

Sled at Soldier Field

Even though most of Chicago is flat, you can sled down a 33-foot slope at historic Soldier Field this year. The Soldier Field Sledding Hill features real and fake snow to make sure that the hill stays sled-ready. Once you get to the top of the slope, you’ll be able to see spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

See the snowy “Bean”

The biggest attraction in Millennium Park is the park’s reflective sculpture known affectionately as the “Bean.” It is famous for its unique shape, as well as its reflection of the city around it. The park also has other art exhibitions and sculptures to see. It’s one of the most iconic parks in Chicago, so make sure you plan this activity into your itinerary so that you can experience this famous landmark.

Snowshoe on Northerly Island

If you enjoy spending time outdoors in nature, then you’ll love snowshoeing on Northerly Island. Northerly Island, a 119-acre natural area and park, is situated along Lake Michigan near Museum Campus. This man-made peninsula offers nature trails and beautiful views of the city. If you happen to go on a Polar Adventure Day, you’ll be able to create nature-inspired crafts, see Husky teams sled around the peninsula, and toast a marshmallow over a campfire.

View a frozen Lake Michigan

Walk along Lake Michigan on the Lakeshore Trail to catch epic sights of it frozen during the wintertime. You might even see an ice fisher or two! In some locations along the lake, you may be able to see unique ice features from the frozen water. The Lakeshore Trail can take you to several famous Chicago destinations, like Museum Campus, where you can take a break from the cold and go to the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, or Field Museum. 

Planning your trip to Chicago

If you choose to do any of these 5 classic winter Chicago activities, you are sure to have an extraordinary trip. If you are planning to visit the city soon, then make sure to book a place to stay during your trip. Consider booking a hotel located in the heart of the city, close to many of these activities. Now you’re ready for your upcoming trip to Chicago filled with adventures and spectacular sights. 

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