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Moving to Illinois? Top 10 Things To Do in Illinois this Winter

Longtime Illinois residents and newcomers alike agree on one thing: Illinois winters can be cold. When temperatures drop below zero, you may be tempted to stay inside. But Illinois has a lot to offer in winter besides cold temperatures.

If you are moving to Illinois and are looking for some fun activities this winter check out our list of the top things to keep you busy this winter in Illinois.

1. Chicago Botanic Garden

Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL, and remember to bring your camera. Delight in the pristine beauty of winter at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Relax and experience the simple pleasures of the winter landscape. Stroll through the quiet solitude of the Garden, and then drop in the Greenhouses to warm up and experience a burst of tropical color.

2. Eagle Meet and Greet

Attend one of the Eagle Meet and Greet sessions at the Alton Visitor’s Center in Alton, IL. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., you can get up close and personal with an eagle and see them not only in person but in their natural habitat. The family-friendly Visitor’s Center hosts this unique event every Saturday in January.

3. Illinois Snow Sculpting

Join other creative snow-lovers and participate in the annual Illinois Snow Sculpting competition in Rockford, IL. Whether you’re a fledgling artist or an experienced one, this is your chance to find fame and fortune and represent Illinois in the US National Snow Sculpting contest. Or, if you would rather be an observer, stop by Sinnissippi Park and check out these frozen works of art. For more information see the competition’s website.

4. Sketch Comedy Festival

If you find yourself with the winter blue and you need a laugh, check out the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival January 10-20, 2019 at Stage 773. Whether you prefer improv or just plain silliness, the largest sketch comedy festival in the world has something for everyone.

5. Morton Arboretum

Winter is no match for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Be sure to check out the Arboretum’s Enchanted Railroad. You’ll see a world of miniature wonders, and trains run at a child-friendly height. Or, attend the Husky Heroes event where visitors enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs, watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring, a delightful winter sport where dogs pull people on skis.

6. Chicago Restaurant Week

From January 25 to February 7, 2019 Chicago, IL is home to one of the world’s largest culinary festivals: Chicago Restaurant Week.. During the week, be sure to check out the dining deals at hundreds of restaurants around the city. In 2019 over 400 restaurants will participate in this one-of-a-kind celebration of all things food. With Prix Fixe menus, it’s the ideal time to save money on dining out and enjoy a restaurant (or two or three) you might have otherwise missed.

7. Chicago Theater Week

From February 7-17 Chicago is host to Chicago Theater Week, where world-class live action theater is showcased at over 200 theaters. With special tickets prices, theatergoers can appreciate the outstanding range of theatrical offerings in the city.

8. John Deere Pavilion

Discover exciting, surprising, and engaging fun for the family at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, IL. This free attraction allows visitors to explore innovations of the present and the future while learning about the heritage of the past. Explore vintage machines and hop aboard new ones. Operate a simulated bulldozer or excavator and view feature films.

9. Groundhog Days

Celebrate Groundhog Day in style in Woodstock, IL. The iconic movie comedy “Groundhog Day” was filmed in Woodstock in 1993, and you can spend three days celebrating the end (or continuation) of winter and see where the movie was filmed.

10. Great Wolf Lodge

Looking for a real indoor resort getaway for the family this winter? The Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL is the ideal destination. With a full-sized waterpark, indoor miniature golf course, bowling alley, and Great Wolf Kids characters making special appearances, this is terrific cold-weather escape for the family. And, check out the great shopping nearby at Gurnee Mills shopping center.

Enjoy Illinois

If you are just visiting, or moving to Illinois, there is much to explore. Bundle up, stay warm, and enjoy Illinois this winter!

If you are moving to Illinois – the Chicago area or beyond, we can help you with your move. Contact us today for a free quote.

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