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The ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park.
Photograph: Martha Williams

January 2023 events calendar for Chicago

Begin the new year with events, festivals, concerts, theater and more great things to do in Chicago in January

Zach Long
Emma Krupp
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Zach Long
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Emma Krupp
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January might not be the most exciting month our city has to offer, but you'll find there are still plenty of things to do this winter in Chicago if you know where to look. Catch the final days of Christmas lights in Chicago (they're still pretty, even when the holidays have passed) before they shut down for the season, and get some fresh winter air when you take a spin around the best ice skating rinks the city has to offer. If you'd rather stay inside, turn your attention to exhibitions at Chicago museums—the Art Institute's Barbara Kruger show runs until the end of the month, for instance—or treat yourself to a day of relaxation at a nearby spa. Ready to welcome a new year? Check our list of the best things to do in Chicago this January.  

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