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

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

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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, personified, is a city snuggled in for a Netflix binge with a bottle of wine. But there are dozens of things to do in winter in Chicago, including cozying up at a bar with a fireplace, ice skating beneath the skyline and treating yourself to a spa day. If get off your couch and face the cold temperatures head-on, we promise you can make this winter in Chicago your best one yet. 

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

Top sledding hills
Kids

Top sledding hills

From big-kid sledding hills to moderate slopes, there are snowy thrills to be found in Chicago and the suburbs 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

Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago
Sports and fitness

Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago

Thanks to our central location in the Midwest, you can hit the road to hit the slopes

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

Explore the Loop with these great Pedway excursions
Things to do

Explore the Loop with these great Pedway excursions

Chicago's underground navigation system, the Pedway, makes surviving winter relatively easy to travel between buildings

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

The best dessert delivery in Chicago
Restaurants

The best dessert delivery in Chicago

Whether you want some delicious macarons or doughnuts, these Chicago sweet spots have you covered

The 10 best spas in Chicago
Health and beauty

The 10 best spas in Chicago

Steal away for a day of warmth and relaxation

Cozy up at the movies
Movies

Cozy up at the movies

Tuck in at one of these great theaters, some of which even serve full meals

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums
Things to do

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums

No better way to kill a frigid Chicago afternoon

Best winter concerts and events

December events calendar
Things to do

December events calendar

January events calendar
Things to do

January events calendar

February events calendar
Things to do

February events calendar

March events calendar
Things to do

March events calendar

December's top concerts
Music

December's top concerts

January's top concerts
Music

January's top concerts

February's top concerts
Music

February's top concerts

March's top concerts
Music

March's top concerts

Winter holidays and festivals

Christmas events in Chicago
Things to do

Christmas events in Chicago

These yuletide events will keep you cheery even when you're digging out your car

New Year's Eve events in Chicago
Things to do

New Year's Eve events in Chicago

Ring in 2018 with a bang at these great parties and events

Tomorrow Never Knows music festival
Music

Tomorrow Never Knows music festival

Everything you need to know about TNK, including the lineup, the best gigs and more

Valentine's Day in Chicago
Things to do

Valentine's Day in Chicago

Make this manufactured holiday one of your favorite things about winter in Chicago

Chinese New Year parades and celebrations in Chicago
Things to do

Chinese New Year parades and celebrations in Chicago

Usher in the Year of the Dog at these celebrations citywide

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago
Things to do

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Chicago neighborhoods have their fair share of goings-on at Irish pubs, Chicago restaurants and other institutions, too

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

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

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

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

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
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The 25 coolest concert photos we took winter 2014

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