The Best of Winter in Chicago

We all know Chicago winters can be quite brutal, but as lifelong residents of the city, we at Exhibit 5 know a little bit about making the best out of this season.  Whether you’re looking to escape the cold or embrace it, Chicago offers a variety of unique and fun winter activities.  Check out our list below, and let us know how you like to spend your winter in the city!

Christkindlmarket: The Christkindlmarket, held annually in Chicago’s Daley Plaza, offers patrons a chance to nosh on delicious German fare while shopping for uniquely charming holiday gifts.  Don’t miss the spiced wine!

Zoo Lights: Head over to Lincoln Park Zoo, and check out the amazing holiday lights on display through January 6th.  It’s free holiday fun for the whole family!

Best Hot Chocolate in the City: Escape the chill, and stop in to Mindy’s Hot Chocolate for a creamy and decadent cup of warm, chocolaty goodness.  Don’t miss the pumpkin hot chocolate!  Your taste buds will thank you.

CTA Holiday Train: Take a break from your ordinary commute, and hop on the holiday train for a fun and festive travel option this winter season.

Best Soup in the City: There’s nothing better than a hot bowl of soup to beat the chill on a cold Chicago day.  Soupbox, with locations in the Gold Coast and Lakeview, offers patrons a delicious variety of fresh, piping hot soups.  Be sure to pair yours with a grilled cheese sandwich!

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis: Get in the spirit this holiday season by giving back!  Sign up for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on December 15th or simply make a donation to the Arthritis Foundation.  It’s a fun way to get the entire family involved in supporting a great cause.

Skating in the City:

Rink at Wrigley

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park

Skating in the Sky

Chicago offers a variety of unique ice skating options with a view, the best of which include the Rink at Wrigley, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park, and Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory.

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