Moving to the Chicago Area? 7 Top Winter Activities in Chicago, IL
Are you moving to the Chicago, IL area? If you are new to Chicago, the Windy City, and are looking for winter fun, you are in for a treat. Not only is Chicago America’s third-largest city, but it is also one of the most culturally diverse and exciting destinations year-round.
If you’re new to the area, there are a lot of things you probably don’t realize about America’s Second City, and if you’re looking for something to do, never fear. Chicago has more winter activities than you can enjoy in one season.
Here’s our list of the top winter activities to keep you busy during a blustery Chicago winter:
The Lincoln Park Zoo “Zoo Lights Spectacular”
This one-of-a-kind display of brilliant lights and holiday displays is sure to warm even the heart of the Grinch himself. The Zoo hosts a Holiday Market, Breakfast with Santa, and even a Zoo Year’s Eve party. Bundle up and bring the kids along, because the Zoo Lights are for the entire family. Check out the Zoo’s calendar for details.
The Chicago Theater
From holiday favorites like “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” to the “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” the Theater boasts an impressive lineup of classics and family favorites. Make sure to purchase tickets early, as many of the events sell out quickly.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Wit, one of the world’s most exceptional curated permanent exhibits and impressive exhibitions, the Art Institute is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Spend an afternoon, or even an entire day away from the winter weather, but make sure to plan ahead. The museum closes at 5 pm but stays open on Thursdays until 8 pm.
One of the newer arrivals to Chicago’s winter scene, the Christkindlmarket (in three locations) is the perfect place to shop, eat, and gawk at impressive displays of holiday cheer. The market is free, leaving you able to spend your hard-earned money on everything to cheer your home.
The Adler Planetarium
A Chicago landmark since 1930, the Planetarium is America’s first planetarium and a great place to inspire your children. The exhibits, shows, and events are sure to keep the family entertained and fascinated for hours. With hands-on, minds-on activities, every child will find something to do.
Explore the marvels of aquatic life at Chicago’s “must-sea” attraction – The Shedd Aquarium! With more than 32,000 aquatic animals to see, the aquarium hosts a holiday breakfast, personalized tours, and an overnight program. With special events and a 4D show, the aquarium is sure to become a family favorite all year long.
The Chicago Children’s Museum
Located on Navy Pier, the Chicago Children’s Museum offers an impressive lineup of activities for the entire family. With Daily Discovery Programs and Workshops, children have fun and learn in a friendly and accessible atmosphere.
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