With the temperatures beginning to fall in Chicago beach day becomes a little less of a realistic option. Although Chicago is known for its wind and cold winter temperatures, the city still provides many events and attractions during the cold months to keep residents and tourists entertained. I was able to use Google MyMaps in order to construct a map with my personal top 10 I would recommend tourists and residents to visit. The map also includes either a video or a picture explaining each event. I included the interactive map below, as well as a link to open the map in another tab.
It should be noted that these rankings are not necessarily from best attraction to worst attraction. This is more of a comprehensive list than an official ranking. However, I do feel these 10 represent the most intriguing opportunities for events in the Chicago area during the winter months.
1. Millennium Park Ice Skating
Millennium Park is a year-round tourist destination in Chicago, but in the winter the McCormick Tribune rink that is located in the park becomes an ice skating hub. People enjoy ice skating in the rink while taking in the downtown Chicago atmosphere
2. Christkindlmarket Chicago
The winter season is dominated by the holidays, and holiday events. This is an opportunity to get in some holiday shopping while taking in the architecture and atmosphere downtown.
3. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Festival
Around the time of the holidays, Lincoln Park holds it’s annual zoo lights festival. This free event has multiple themed activities including ice carving, carolers, and a synchronized music and light show.
4. Navy Pier Winter Wonderland
The annual Winter Wonderland event features ice skating, live entertainment, and of course the rides at Navy Pier. Great for a day out with the family.
5. United Center
Go Bulls! Go Blackhawks! Wear your jersey and bring a friend! There are also many live performances in the United Center year-round. You can check your Ticketmaster for any events in this venue.
6. Soldier Field
Go Bears! Another possible sporting event. Seeing the Chicago Bears at soldier field is a totally different experience then it would be to just watch the game on TV.
7. John Hancock Observatory Ice Skating
Another possible ice skating opportunity in the downtown area, but this one comes with a view from 1000 feet above the city. Bring your own skates to avoid pricey skate rentals.
8. Museum of Science and Industry “Christmas Around the World”
The “Christmas Around the World” exhibit features trees from many different cultures. Another annual event that takes place in the winter in Chicago.
9. Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Will be 4pm November 22 and 11pm November 23rd. Annual parade of lights concluded by a fireworks display.
10. Art Institute of Chicago
The iconic lion statues out front are fitted with wreaths around the holidays. Thursday nights Illinois residents can get in with free admission.