It is that time of year to bundle up to explore the best of Chicago indoors and out this beautiful season. Whether practicing figure eights, playing in the snow, or staying nice and warm at one of the lively events around the city, exhilarating experiences await all winter long. Keep these possibilities in mind the next time you’re up for something to do.
Hit the Ice
Ice skating is the quintessential winter activity, and there are quite a few noteworthy spots devoted to the pastime. Over at Millennium Park, the McCormick Tribute Rink attracts beginner and seasoned skaters alike. The best part is that admission is free. The only thing you need to pay for is the skate rentals. Open through March 8, 2020, the seasonal rink also hosts free ice-skating lessons on select mornings and features a DJ on the first and third Thursday of the month.
Downtown, Maggie Daley Park provides a picturesque spin in nature with the Scenic Skating Ribbon that stays open through early March.
Finally, The Peninsula Sky Rink, located on the fourth-floor terrace of The Peninsula Chicago Hotel, offers a chic take on ice skating with music, awesome views of The Magnificent Mile, and drinks and dishes to keep everyone toasty. Plus, you’ll be skating for a good cause since all the proceeds from the rink benefit children’s charities.
Thrilling times are ahead when the temperature drops, and snow lovers can look forward to frolicking outdoors at the Soldier Field Sledding Hill. The vertical fun happens on the 35-foot slope located at Museum Campus, whether there is real snow or not, thanks to a snow-making machine courtesy of The Chicago Park District that will provide plenty of artificial powder. It is recommended to call (312-235-7000) ahead of time since sledding is not always available.
Siberian Huskies, Wolves and More, Oh My!
The 14th Annual Polar Adventure Days return to Northerly Island on January 25 and February 29, 2020, offering two Saturday afternoons of outdoor adventure for the entire family. Everyone will have a blast making nature-inspired crafts, seeing Siberian huskies and wolves, and exploring the birds of prey at the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Active types can go snowshoeing if there is enough of the fluffy white stuff on the ground, or just simply sit back and sip on their hot cocoa. Admission is free.