It’s winter in the Windy City and the piles of snow and arctic air likely have you dreaming of a tropical beach vacation. But here at home, Chicago offers a variety of winter activities to keep you entertained, no matter how low the temps drop. In addition to the many theaters, museums and attractions that the city is known for, here is a list of activities for you to enjoy during your next stay-cation:
Catch a sporting event
The football season may be winding down, but you can still catch plenty of basketball action with the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Blackhawks are fresh off of their 2015 Stanley Cup win, so for a more affordable hockey match, check the schedule for the Chicago Wolves, the professional hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League at Allstate Arena in Rosemount.
Create your own pub crawl
Chicago is overflowing with bars, pubs and taprooms ready to serve up your next beverage of choice. Do your research and build your own pub crawl across the city. Not sure where to start? Chicago Detours hosts regular historic Chicago pub crawl walking tours where you can eat and drink while learning about architecture and Prohibition-era history.
Shop ‘til you drop
Grab your wallet and spend the day on the Magnificent Mile, a 13-block section of Michigan Avenue that’s home to more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants and numerous attractions. Looking to get out of the city? Try Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Woodfield has nearly 300 stores and restaurants, including many specialty shops that will make for a unique shopping trip.
Plan an outdoor adventure
Just because the winter chill has set in doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors! Burn off a few holiday calories by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at one of the many parks managed by the Chicago Parks District. You could also try snowboarding at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park in Algonquin. Kids and the young at heart won’t want to miss snow tubing at Villa Olivia in Bartlett, a northwest suburb of Chicago.