Now that the New Year has finally arrived, it’s time to cross some activities off of your bucket list. With so much going on this January, we thought we would help narrow down some of the great activities happening this month.
Everyone loves free admission, so our first choice was simple. The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago will be offering “free days” to Illinois residents. If you visit the museum on January 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 or 27-31, you will receive free admission with a valid Illinois ID card. That means visitors can freely explore the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit, which includes nine decades of Disney history and artifacts. Visitors also have the chance to see fantasy become a reality in the famous “Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle” exhibit! This exhibit shows a vast display of tiny, hand-crafted castle treasures created by silent film star Colleen Moore in 1935. “The Future Energy Chicago” exhibit is also a big hit this month. The exhibit allows visitors to compete in a fast-paced simulation game that forces players to assume the challenge of balancing Chicago’s energy source. All three are suitable for all ages.
Another can’t-miss event this month is the Strictly Sail boat show going on at Navy Pier! We might be partial to boats, but the Strictly Sail boat show is the perfect outing for seasoned sailors or hopeful beginners. Beginning on January 23, this four-day event gives attendees the chance to view the latest and greatest sailing gadgets and boat designs. If you’re a newcomer to sailing, we suggest trying the virtual sailboat simulator—get a free sailing lesson without the hassle of getting wet! There will also be hourly seminars led by speakers from a variety of renowned sailing backgrounds to grow your nautical knowledge. All kinds of activities will also be taking place throughout the day. Expect prize giveaways, live music, and a remote control sailing pond. This specially set up indoor pond determines the fastest “indoor” sailor. Kids will love the newly updated Boat Building and Fun Area, which is located directly inside the show. It may be too cold to enjoy boats out on Lake Michigan, but not at Strictly Sail!
Speaking of the cold weather, the most fun way to embrace Chicago’s winter is to head over to Millennium Park for ice-skating. This is another free admission event. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $10.00; the rink is open seven days a week. Surely you’ll be able to fit in a skate this month!
January will be over before we know it. Make the most of the cold weather by taking the time to enjoy some of these awesome events. Chicago is the place to be!
Have fun out there!
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