The colder months can force a lot of us into hibernation mode. We no longer have outdoor farmers markets and the beaches, but that does not mean that we must remain indoors.
Chicago winter activities are some of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time in Chicago’ regardless of the season. Put on your scarf, lace up your boots and venture the city.

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing:

Northerly Island, a 91-acre peninsula, is an outdoor gem. It is situated in the area of the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Alder Planetarium’ which makes it easy to spend an entire day in the area. Snowshoeing is one of the more easy activities to partake in when there is snow covering the ground. Although, cross-country skiing can be picked up on in a matter of minutes. You can rent both nearby. When snow isn’t blanketing the ground, Northerly Island provides great walking trails, with an even better view of the skyline.

Ice Skating:

There are a plethora of skating rinks that are dotted around the city. Millennium Park is perhaps the most popular, but Lincoln Park Zoo also provides a great opportunity when it comes to entertaining the family for an entire day. The quarter-mile Maggie Daley Park rink is the newest addition, just on the other side of Millennium Park. The rest of the park is still under construction, but it provides an entertaining curving course that may inspire speed skating’ try to be courteous though.

Boat Tours:

Boat tours typically run through the spring to fall months, but Shoreline Sightseeing’operates year around if weather permits. So far, the weather has cooperated nicely and allowed for them to continue their various tours’ the architectural tour being one of the most popular. They essentially run on a day to day basis, so check their website for up to date scheduling. As the temperature drop, they will remain docile until the weather permits. This is a fantastic way to get out and do some sightseeing of our magnificent city.


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