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Things to do in Chicago this winter

Resist the urge to hibernate with this guide to the best things to do in Chicago this winter

Photograph: Justin Kern/Flickr

We'll admit that sometimes Chicago winter is best enjoyed via pseudo-hibernation: hunkering down indoors, basking in the glow of a full-spectrum lamp, ordering Chicago pizza and streaming movies on Netflix. This season, make a resolution to get out and about. Catch one of the many concerts in Chicago, go downhill skiing or snowboarding without leaving the Midwest. Cozy up by a fireplace (in a Chicago restaurant or bar—your apartment doesn't count), or get a massage at one of the city's 10  best spas. What we're saying is: There are a lot of things to do in Chicago this winter, so get out there.

Things to do this winter

Things to do

Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks

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Kids

Family winter vacation ideas

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Restaurants

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

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Concerts in January

The new year has arrived and Chicago has reverted to a frozen winter tundra, but ice skating rinks aren't the only places to go. Rock music venues all over the city are providing a place to warm up and watch acts like Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Low and Tortoise. The slate of pop, rock, country and indie shows is robust for such a short, frigid month. There's even a music festival, Tomorrow Never Knows. Take a look at our list of concerts in Chicago in January. RECOMMENDED: Our complete calendar of concerts in Chicago

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Music

Concerts in February

The shortest month of the year has arrived, but February isn't lacking in live music. You'll have know trouble find a (somewhat) romantic show on Valentine's Day or sweet gig to commemorate Presidents' Day. The weather outside is frigid (welcome to winter in Chicago) but the slate of pop, rock, country and indie shows is robust. Sample the weird indie rock of Animal Collective, dance to St. Lucia or raise the horns at Slayer. Take a look at our list of February concerts in Chicago. RECOMMENDED: Our complete annual calendar of concerts in Chicago

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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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Kids

Fun winter activities for kids

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Shopping

How to tie a winter scarf

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Health and beauty

The 10 best spas in Chicago

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Sports and fitness

Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago

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Top sledding hills

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Best winter concerts and events

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February's top concerts

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February events calendar

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March's top concerts

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March events calendar

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Chicago Blackhawks guide

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, chances are you won't be seeing a live game too often. When you want to cheer on Patrick Kane and Co. with a group of fellow fans and celebrate each goal with a great craft beer, head to one of our picks for the best bars to watch the Blackhawks. RECOMMENDED: Chicago Blackhawks guide

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Bars

17 hot cocktails to drink this winter

If there are any upsides to the freezing temperatures, impending snow and polar vortex, it's this: You can now find lots of hot cocktails to warm up with at Chicago restaurants and bars. So cozy up by the fireplace, order one of these drinks and toast to escaping the chill. RECOMMENDED: Things to do in Chicago this winter

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Theater

15 theater shows to see this winter

On our (short) list of reasons to actually leave your house during the next polar vortex, the indelible experience of seeing live theater is near the top. While we might still be wrapped up in the gingerbread charms of Christmas plays and other holiday shows right now, it's not too early to look ahead at non-caroling December openings and what's coming early in the new year. Here's what we're most intrigued by on Chicago stages this winter. RECOMMENDED: Find more things to do in Chicago this winter

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