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Things to do in Chicago this winter when you’re not hibernating

Bundle up and prepare to brave the cold weather while exploring some of Chicago's best winter offerings

Chicago winter
Photograph: Grace DuVal

Chicagoans love to complain about the inconveniences of winter, but we think that the months of cold and snow get a bad rap. There are plenty of unique experiences that you can only take advantage of when the temperature dips below zero, like Christkindlmarket, Chicago's outdoor ice skating rinks and bars with roaring fireplaces. Even after the holidays have passed, there's something magical about walking the city streets when there's a very noticeable chill in the air. If you're willing to take a break from your couch-bound Netflix binge, we can promise that you'll find things to do in Chicago that will leave you looking forward to winter.

Get outside this winter

Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks
Things to do

Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks

Reserve time to hit the ice with your family and friends this winter

Fun ways to work out in the winter
Sports and fitness

Fun ways to work out in the winter

Consider these workout alternatives to keep you in peak beach-season condition—while having a blast

How to stay warm this winter

44 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces
Restaurants

44 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces

Ranging from rooftop bars with fire pits to some of the city's top cocktail bars

Beat the winter blues by visiting these Chicago attractions
Things to do

Beat the winter blues by visiting these Chicago attractions

We've found 10 places in Chicago are even better when there's snow on the ground

Where to spend an afternoon in Chicago when it's freezing outside
News

Where to spend an afternoon in Chicago when it's freezing outside

There are always a few days where you really just can't bear to go outside

How to survive winter: Beeline to the bar
Bars

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

Hot cocktails to drink this winter
Bars

Hot cocktails to drink this winter

Mexican Christmas punch, uniquely spiced hot toddies and tequila drinks with warm milk

Best spots for high tea in Chicago
Restaurants

Best spots for high tea in Chicago

When you want to impress a new significant other, gossip with friends, spoil your mom or just treat yourself

The 20 best Chicago restaurants for delivery tonight
Restaurants

The 20 best Chicago restaurants for delivery tonight

Perfect for when there's no way in hell you're leaving your apartment but can't stop craving your favorite Thai dish

How to survive winter: Order in (like a king)
Restaurants

How to survive winter: Order in (like a king)

Order some of the city's best ramen, barbecue and more from Chicago restaurants to your living room in no time

Winter concerts and events

December events calendar
Things to do

December events calendar

Concerts in Chicago
Music

Concerts in Chicago

Winter holidays and festivals

Christmas events in Chicago
Things to do

Christmas events in Chicago

Winter in Chicago may be cold (and filled with snow and slush), but Christmas in Chicago makes it worth the extra layers

Be of good cheer at Chicago's Christmas concerts
Music

Be of good cheer at Chicago's Christmas concerts

Have a jolly evening with orchestras, choirs and pop stars

How to have an amazing New Year’s Eve in Chicago
Things to do

How to have an amazing New Year’s Eve in Chicago

Need help making plans for the last day of the year? We're here to help!

The best New Year’s Eve concerts in Chicago
Music

The best New Year’s Eve concerts in Chicago

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Archived coverage of winter in Chicago

Theater to see in winter 2015
Theater

Theater to see in winter 2015

Bars on our radar for winter 2015
Bars

Bars on our radar for winter 2015

Awesome Chicago Blackhawks gear for the 2015-16 NHL Season
Shopping

Awesome Chicago Blackhawks gear for the 2015-16 NHL Season

The 25 coolest concert photos we took winter 2014
Music

The 25 coolest concert photos we took winter 2014