Winter isn’t typically the most beloved season in Chicago, but we think it gets a bad rap. We may be a city of urban hermits in sub-zero temperatures; Chicago, in essence, is a city snuggled in with a Netflix binge and a bottle of wine. But there are dozens of things to do in winter in Chicago, from cozying up at a bar with a fireplace to ice skating to treating yourself to a spa day. If get off your couch and face this winter head-on, we promise you can make this winter in Chicago your best one yet.
Things to do this winter
59 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces
Our long winters have one big upside—getting to cozy up next to a fireplace while eating and drinking at some of the best Chicago restaurants and bars.
The best winter events
Chicago doesn't slow down during the winter, and thankfully so, because winter in the Midwest seems to go on forever
Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks
Lace up and try your hand at skating this winter
Family winter vacation ideas
The best family-friendly spots to steal away to in the colder months
How to survive winter: Beeline to the bar
Whether it's a great beer bar or cocktail bar, each offers the perfect escape from blustery weather, with terrific drinks to boot
How to survive winter: Order in (like a king)
Take advantage of new delivery options like GrubHub, DoorDash, Caviar and Postmates, which will bring some of the city's best ramen, barbecue and more from Chicago restaurants to your living room in no time
The best ways to spend winter indoors
A lot of us are just out here trying to survive the season—which means being inside as much as possible.
Fun winter activities for kids
Throw on the ol' snowsuit and get ready for some fun
How to tie a winter scarf
It's a lot easier than it looks!
The 10 best spas in Chicago
Steal away for a day of warmth and relaxation
Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago
Sure, it's no Aspen, but these Midwest ski resorts will pleasantly surprise you
Best winter concerts and events
Chicago Blackhawks guide
Best bars to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks
There's no better place to watch a Blackhawks game than the United Center, but with ticket prices through the roof, these spots are your next best bet
16 pieces of Chicago Blackhawks gear that we need this season
We've found some unusual (but totally cool) items, including some t-shirts and hats, that will demonstrate your true fandom