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Things to do in Chicago this winter

Get off the couch and take advantage of these things to do in Chicago this winter

Photograph: Justin Kern/Flickr

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
Restaurants

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.

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The best winter events
Things to do

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

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Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks
Things to do

Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks

Lace up and try your hand at skating this winter

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Family winter vacation ideas
Kids

Family winter vacation ideas

The best family-friendly spots to steal away to in the colder months

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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

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

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

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

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

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The best ways to spend winter indoors
Blog

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.

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Fun winter activities for kids
Kids

Fun winter activities for kids

Throw on the ol' snowsuit and get ready for some fun

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How to tie a winter scarf
Shopping

How to tie a winter scarf

It's a lot easier than it looks!

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The 10 best spas in Chicago
Health and beauty

The 10 best spas in Chicago

Steal away for a day of warmth and relaxation 

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Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago
Sports and fitness

Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago

Sure, it's no Aspen, but these Midwest ski resorts will pleasantly surprise you

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Best winter concerts and events

February's top concerts
Music

February's top concerts

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February events calendar
Things to do

February events calendar

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March's top concerts
Music

March's top concerts

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March events calendar
Things to do

March events calendar

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Chicago Blackhawks guide

Best bars to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks
Bars

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

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16 pieces of Chicago Blackhawks gear that we need this season
Blog

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

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Chicago Bulls guide

Chicago Bulls T-shirts we love
Shopping

Chicago Bulls T-shirts we love

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Chicago Bulls: A guide for the basketball fan
Sports and fitness

Chicago Bulls: A guide for the basketball fan

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Archived coverage of winter in Chicago

Theater to see in winter 2015
Theater

Theater to see in winter 2015

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Bars on our radar for winter 2015
Bars

Bars on our radar for winter 2015

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

Awesome Chicago Blackhawks gear for the 2015-16 NHL Season

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The 25 coolest concert photos we took winter 2014
Music

The 25 coolest concert photos we took winter 2014

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