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We can all agree that while the freezing temperatures that typically accompany winter in Chicago can be rough, being chilly is entirely optional. Beyond buying a decent parka, there are a lot of ways to warm up and have a good time while the icicles form outdoors. Stave off the frigid weather by sipping a piping-hot beverage at Christkindlmarket, curling up by the fireplace in a popular Loop hotel or attending a sweaty dance party at one of Chicago's best music venues. Here are some of our favorite ways to stay cozy in Chicago when the mercury begins to drop.