Chicago Winter Guide
Chicago is such a vibrant city in the summer – we love our rooftop bars, hanging out at North Ave Beach, and we don’t think twice about walking our normal commute. But now that it’s winter we tend to forget how much there is to do in the city – and how many great deals you can take advantage of! So without further ado here’s our list of favorite things to do around Chicago in the winter.
Take a walk around The Art Institute
It’s no surprise that The Art Institute has a solid 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and that it has been ranked as one of the best museums in the world. One reviewer says: “This is one of the crown jewels in Chicago. Besides the famous collections of the museum, the environment is also wonderful. In fact this is my favorite museum in the States. Worth visiting many times in all seasons, at all time, no matter if you have a lot of time or only a few hours in hands.”
Plus, Illinois residents get in free every Thursday between 5-8pm. It is also free to children under 14 and Chicago residents aged 14-17 at all times.
Immerse yourself in a Broadway show
Just because we don’t live in NYC doesn’t mean we don’t have access to top notch performances. Broadway in Chicago offers a wide variety of shows – from Hamilton, Potted Potter, Cinderella, and The Color Purple – anyone can find themselves immersed in a show for a few hours. You won’t only see an amazing performance but you’ll also marvel at the beautiful theaters that play host to these productions.
Special offers include $25 tickets on the 25th of every month, use code GOBLET for $30 seats to Potted Potter (offer expires 2/25/18 at 4:30pm) or give them a call for a group discount on 10 or more people.
Explore the past at The Field Museum
If it were summer we’d recommend taking a Water Taxi between Navy Pier and Museum Campus, but even so we’re still year-round fans of The Field Museum. They are currently in the process of making some major changes – SUE is getting a new home in the permanent Evolving Planet exhibit and a new titanosaur will debut in Stanley Field Hall starting in late spring. They also offer some great family-friendly events like Dozin’ with the Dinos and Meet a Scientist.
The Field Museum is currently offering Free February to Illinois residents – so head over before the end of the month!
Cheer on a hometown team at a Bulls game
Chicago is home to a lot of great sports teams and while the Chicago Bulls might not be the best in the NBA they are still an iconic part of the city. With 6 NBA championships and 7 players in the Basketball Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of history behind our hometown NBA team. Even if you aren’t a big basketball fan, going to a game is a good excuse to visit the Mad House on Madison.
Students can sign up for the Student Pass by Express for a chance to receive day-of-game deals and purchase tickets.
We promise we aren’t crazy – even in the winter Chicago has a lot of great outdoor activities! Practice your triple-axel-loop-flip-jump (or just try not to fall down) at an outdoor rink around the city. Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, and the Peninsula Chicago all offer ice skating rinks at an affordable cost (just pay for your skate rental). Or if you have a hard time standing up just grab a sled and find a hill – there are a lot of great sledding spots around the city and in the ‘burbs. You’ll have a great time being outside!