Things to do in Chicago this winter

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

Chicago winter
Photograph: Grace DuVal

For as much as Chicagoans complain about the cold temperatures and occasional snow that winter brings, the season can still be quite enjoyable. Given the extraordinary circumstances we're living in, we expect that even more residents will take a break from their latest Netflix binge to spend some time outside, taking time to appreciate Chicago parks and public art regardless of how frigid the weather gets. And even if you're stuck indoors, you can still order delivery from some of Chicago's best restaurants while you glare at the slush lining the streets and dream about spring. Whether you're searching for local businesses to support or a spot to go skating, here's where you'll find great things to do in Chicago this winter.

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Get outside this winter

The 8 best ice skating rinks in Chicago
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The 8 best ice skating rinks in Chicago

Bundle up and slide around on these public rinks.

Snowboarding and skiing resorts near Chicago
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Snowboarding and skiing resorts near Chicago

You don't have to go far from the city to hit the slopes.

Things to do outdoors this winter in Chicago
Things to do

Things to do outdoors this winter in Chicago

Chilly weather shouldn't stop you from getting some fresh air.

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Here’s what you’ll need to survive winter in Chicago

Gear up for the incoming ice and snow.

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The 14 best places for hiking near Chicago
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The 14 best places for hiking near Chicago

A little snow on the ground shouldn't keep you from treading a trail.

Where to find sledding hills
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Where to find sledding hills

Thank goodness that Chicago isn't enitrely flat.

Sip a beer inside a heated cabanas
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Sip a beer inside a heated cabanas

Pilot Project's outdoor structures provide a warm place to have a drink.

Have a meal inside a yurt in Fulton Market
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Have a meal inside a yurt in Fulton Market

Bring your pod to Swift & Sons for a cozy dinner.

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Stay warm this winter

11 wonderfully cozy outdoor dining spots in Chicago
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11 wonderfully cozy outdoor dining spots in Chicago

Enjoy a delicious meal inside a tent or an igloo.

The 13 best spas in Chicago
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The 13 best spas in Chicago

A hot bath sounds pretty great right now.

Support local businesses

The 36 best restaurants for delivery and takeout
Restaurants

The 36 best restaurants for delivery and takeout

Order something delicious directly to your doorstep.

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35 breweries where you can get beer to go

Grab some local brew to enjoy at home.

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