6 Things to do in Chicago When it’s Cold | Hotel EMC2

6 Things to do in Chicago When it’s Cold

During the wintertime, Chicago’s weather dips—which means, if you’re planning to visit, that you’ll need to do things that can help you stay warm. It’s the perfect time of year to visit some of Chicago’s most charming and scenic indoor locations, especially since it is the holiday season. We’ll give you a list of the best things to do in Chicago when it’s cold—so that you’ll stay toasty warm in Chicago’s sub-freezing temperatures. Here’s our list of 6 of the best things to do in Chicago when it’s cold outside.

See sea creatures at Shedd Aquarium

Discover the wonder of the aquatic animal world at the Shedd Aquarium. At Shedd Aquarium, you’ll be able to see beluga whales, rockhopper penguins, alligators, an alligator snapping turtle, and much more as you explore the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and reefs—all in the heart of Chicago’s Museum Campus. The aquarium is indoors, so you won’t need to worry about the bad weather.

Check out the greenery at Garfield Park Conservatory

You can visit a lush, green jungle while visiting Chicago this winter. The Garfield Park Conservatory features 2 acres under glass, so you’ll be able to spend time looking at the 70 palm trees and the varied collections of cacti and succulents. Many people flock to this colorful paradise, not only because it’s warm, but also because it houses beautiful flora and fauna to take pictures in front of the scenery. 

Examine art at The Art Institute of Chicago

Located in downtown Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s great art museums. It houses a collection that spans centuries and the globe. Exhibits include American Gothic by Grant Wood, a 12th-century statue of the Buddha, and even 16th-century field armor made in Nuremberg, Germany. These exhibits give onlookers excellent opportunities to have an artsy adventure while staying warm.

View the city from the Skydeck

The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, offers both a stunning and heart-pounding view. You can choose to stand out on the Ledge’s glass box, 1,353 feet in the air—if you dare. Stay toasty indoors while taking a selfie with your friends or family above jaw-dropping views.

Experience the world’s largest Starbucks

Impress your friends with a photo at the world’s largest Starbucks on Michigan Avenue. Order your favorite coffee, and then sit back and relax in the glassy 43,000-square-foot space. You’ll definitely stay warm while sipping on a steaming drink. This Starbucks also has interactive tours and special drinks inspired by Chicago. Oh, and don’t forget, you can order Italian food like pizza if you’re hungry. Take a break from shopping on Michigan Avenue to warm up and grab a cup of steaming joe.

See exhibits at the Field Museum

Stop by the Field Museum to see the massive 40-foot-long and 90 percent complete Tyrannosaurus rex. You’ll also be able to see skeletons of a giant ground sloth and a titanosaur, the biggest dinosaur that ever lived. If dinos aren’t your thing, head over to the Ancient Egypt exhibit, where you’ll discover ancient burial chambers, hieroglyphs, and a 4,000-year-old royal boat. The Field Museum will keep you entertained inside for hours so that you can stay warm and will also give you a chance to explore and have fun. 

Planning your trip

Whether you choose to visit Chicago this winter or in the future, you’ll have a unique and thrilling experience. After you’ve selected your travel dates, you’ll need to decide where you’ll stay on your trip. Consider booking a room in a boutique hotel like Hotel EMC2, located in the heart of the city in Streeterville. Now you’re ready for your upcoming trip to Chicago filled with breathtaking adventures and spectacular sights. 

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