Free kite kits are provided for children to build, decorate and fly while supplies last along with other family activities such as professional kite flying demonstrations, face painting, balloon artists and the Big Kite Candy Drop weather permitting. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa. This is what people in the city live through 9 months out of the year and they are so proud. Besides indulging in its delicious deep dish pizza, here are ten reasons why Chicago is the perfect winter destination. These thrice-monthly primers enable adults and kids to work side-by-side in the kitchen, cooking everything from caramelized onion mac n' cheese to molten lava cake with berry coulis. But would you really want to miss out on all this action? Take in the Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Toward Equality exhibit at. While admission to Navy Pier is free, note that fees are charged for individual experiences.
Museum Campus You can easily fill a day—or two—hopping among the three world-class museums dotting this park along Lake Michigan: the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. Restaurant Week Try a new dish or stroll to one of your favorite local restaurants during Chicago's annual Restaurant Week, which takes place for one week in late February. Watch a theatre production Enjoy an evening seeing one of the many theatre performances Chicago has to offer. The benefits include special prices and a wide variety of shows to choose from -- more than 100 total. Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: Window—best view in the house. You're going to have to be as quick as the Pinball Wizard if you want to catch this magic, however; Tommy's a one-night event.
Illinois families must show a valid proof of residence upon arrival. This is a great spot since it has bathrooms and a warming shelter with a fire pit, where you can roast your own marshmallows if you bring some along. Mealsharing Mealsharing has a strong Chicago community of people who want to share their home-cooked meals with others. Even public transit gets into the spirit with its annual , featuring decorated train cars, holiday music, and lights as well as Santa himself as the conductor. When I went during the summer, there was over an hour wait to get into the Shedd Aquarium, but on a weekday in December it felt like we had the place to ourselves. When: Season begins mid-December Where: Locations vary; call 708 771-1335 for information Ice fishing is a great parent-child bonding experience.
Check the museum websites for more information. Begin the morning visiting penguins and view a dolphin feeding at the Shedd Aquarium, stroll over to the Field Museum to take a photograph of the life-size Tyrannosaurus rex, and pretend to be an astronaut and build a robot at the Adler Planetarium. Its convenient location makes it easy to find and its popularity makes it the place to be in the winter. With a space-tourism storyline that transports you to the year 2096, Destination Solar System boasts some of the best imagery available, created from scientific data including satellite imagery, to illuminate the gaseous birth of our solar system, the hurricane winds of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and the methane rains that drip like syrup on Saturn's moon Titan. After an evening of ice skating, warm up with a cup of delicious hot chocolate at one of the nearby cafes. Now in its 17th year, the show runs the gamut from clever and funny to touching and poignant.
Ice-Skate a Ribbon in the Park Chicago's downtown Winter Campus offers a 2-for-1 deal for those who want to lace up and glide on over to see the sights. What better way to cure winter blues than with drinks and laughter? So, it should come as no surprise that the monthly art tour lasts a full two hours. Its location and great views of the city make it a perfect place for sledding in Chicago, but it can get crowded. Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier Part of the , until early January, this part of Chicago becomes a giant playground. Here are some of our favorite fun winter activities for kids in Chicago.
The ice skating rink is a holiday favorite among locals. Kids of all ages will get swept up by this timeless spring tradition. Enter Sky High Sports in Niles, southwest of Evanston. Sleigh Rides A good way to get into the holiday spirit is by riding through Chicago and the area neighborhoods on an authentic sleigh. Noon most Sundays through May 24 at the , 2100 W. After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015.
For other powder-chasing ideas, check out our story. Free Tours InstaGreeter If you ever longed for a Chicagoan friend to play tour guide on your visit, the InstaGreeter tours might be perfect for you. Or see the lights from thousands of feet in the air. There are also some small but fun hills in a few different parks around the city including Humboldt Park, Warren Park, and Cricket Hill at Montrose Beach. Chicagoans love to complain about the inconveniences of winter, but we think that the months of cold and snow get a bad rap.
Going to a show at famed or the is also a popular thing to do in Chicago in winter. Remember, many of these options are included on the Go Chicago Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate. Under the Picasso Year-round Daley Center, 50 W. On Thursdays the museum is open until 8 p. One of the Bard's most popular tragedies, this thriller gets condensed into 75 minutes, making it a great way to introduce kids to Shakespeare and not a bad choice for some grown-ups.
Two entirely different restaurants in one of the most happening neighborhoods in the city. Season 2 pinball leagues begin on Tuesday Feb. A Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor, the Maxwell Street Market offers an eclectic mix of merchandise — from tools to tires, plus fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare find and collectibles — plus some of the best Mexican and Latin street food in the city. Warm up inside with refreshments for purchase. Another popular winter happening is Caroling at Cloud Gate, billed as part concert, part sing-along during the holidays. Brookfield Zoo — Holiday Magic 2018 Image credit: Chicago Zoological Society. Whether you want to show off your spin on an ice skating rink in Grant Park, view the lights while strolling down the Magnificent Mile, or see how ice sculptures are made, Chicago is almost as busy during winter as it is in spring and summer.