Free Winter Activities in Chicago for Families

Free Winter Activities in Chicago for Families

During the holidays, budgets can be tight with shopping and family get-togethers, but that doesn’t mean that you have to cut back on the fun. The city is filled with free winter activities in Chicago that won’t break the bank and will create precious memories for many years to come. Whether you are looking for something indoors or are interested in enjoying some fun in the snow, there is plenty to do in Chicago. Here are a few of our favorites.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Polar Adventure Days: Those who love the winter weather should visit Chicago Park District’s Northerly Island for Polar Adventure Days. On December 7, 2014, January 25, 2015, and February 22, 2015, families can visit Northerly Island for live music, activities for toddlers, arts and crafts, and even a dog sledding demonstration. If weather permits and there is enough snow, you can even try snowshoeing. Snowshoe rental is free as well. Northerly Island is located at 1521 S. Lynn White Drive in Chicago.
  • Sledding at Caldwell Woods: Although it may be difficult to find prime sledding locations in the city, Caldwell Woods on the northwest side is the ideal location for sledding in Chicago. Just a reminder that the sledding hills located in the Forest Preserves of Cook County are open if there is approximately 3 inches of snow and the ground is frozen. The Forest Preserves of Cook County is located at 6380 W. Devon Drive in Chicago.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory: If you are looking to experience nature while getting out of the cold weather, head on over to the Garfield Park Conservatory. Explore nearly two acres of beautiful plants. Although admission is free, you may give a suggested donation if you are interested. The Garfield Park Conservatory is located at 300 N. Central Park Avenue in Chicago.

Shoreline Sightseeing is Your Source for Information on Winter Activities in Chicago

The temperatures may have dropped and our season is over, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of winter activities in Chicago worth checking out. Stay tuned to our blog for the latest Chicago event information as well as information on our upcoming architectural and lake tours returning this spring.