Wintertime in Chicago can either be viewed as very gray and depressing, or you can take on the cold and enjoy what the city has to offer during the coldest months! Plus, the city becomes so beautiful with all of the holiday lights strung around the trees and streetlights. So grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, or your best friend, and take on the city!
1. Millennium Park: If you don’t go ice skating at Millennium Park are you even from the city? Not only do you get a perfect view of the skyline, but admission is free. Ice skates rentals are only $10 and this is a perfect way for you and your date to hold hands! But if you’re looking for something a litte warmer, McFetridge Sports Center houses Chicago’s park district only indoor ice rink and is open all year-round. Rentals are only $2!
2. Chicago Bars: If you’re looking to find a cozy bar, that also happens to house a fireplace, then check out the Grafton. Grab a seat by the stone fireplace and choose from their many craft beers and delicious Irish food. Although, if you’re looking for something a little on the higher end, check out the Violet Hour, where their dim lights and well-made cocktails will make you feel like you’re at home.
3. The Artsy Date: Plays & Musicals. For anyone interested in plays and musicals, there are plenty of shows being played all over the city this winter. Any thing from Mr. Burns, to the Diary of Anne Frank, or The Book of Mormon and Marie Antoinette. Most of these shows go well into the New Year too!
4. Lincoln Park Zoo: Lincoln Park Zoo hosts their annual, fun and free holiday season activities throughout the zoon grounds. The zoo is lit up with brilliant light displays and there are other activities to do while there. Santa will be there for photos until December 23rd! The first 1,000 guests will receive their cool holiday specs to check out the lights!
5. Sledding at Soldier Field: If you’re looking to add some adventure to your life, then buddle up and hit the 220 foot slope hill that Solider Field has to offer. Sledding is one of the most activites you and your friends can do this winter, just remember that only plastic sleds are allowed. Don’t forget your gloves, snow pants, and boots! This hill is open through March, so if mother nature isn’t providing the white goodness, that park district can make their own.