Winter in Chicago, Simply Delightful


There are two types of people in Chicago; those who spend all winter hiding indoors from a few snowflakes, and those who embrace all the wonder the city has to offer. We’d like to help the former learn to appreciate the latter by showcasing some great events this winter.

Of course there is ice skating. But have you ever tried ice skating 1,000 feet in the air? High atop the John Hancock Observatory , you’ll be able to peer down to the shops along the Magnificent Mile or gaze at the city’s lakefront ice-skating-beanskyline.Open every day between January 1st and March 31st, Skating in the Sky, offers 25 minute skating sessions for only $5!With this view, why not?If you prefer to keep both skates firmly on the ground, Millennium Park welcomes back its popular ice rink.With FREE admission, the ice rink draws more than 100,000 visitors each season to skate under ‘The Bean’!

Navy Pier will play host to the 2011 Snow Days Festival from January 28-30.snow-days-2Fifteen teams of professionalsculptors will be creating frozen masterpieces based on pre-submitted pencil sketches.You can also catch Dog Sled Racing Demonstrations as well as a Snowboard Rail Jam Competition!

If you still can’t shake the memories of summer in Chicago, thentry the city’s winter-time answer to the popular SummerDance program; Chicago WinterDance!Throughout the month of February, visitors can whirl and twirl their way through Millennium Park.The ice rink will offer extended hours for ice dancing parties, skating lessons and livedj sets.And if you’re hoping to practicesome new dance moves, you can do so on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion.Each weekend will feature one hour dance lessons in various styles and then a chance to show off your performance skills during an on-stage open dance!

*If the winter weather is still weighing you down, mention the password ICE SKATESat check-in for a special surprise that is sure to warm you*

P.S. If you are still hesitant to head outside, check out this list of Chicago museums with FREE admission in the month of January.Did we mentionit’s indoors?

The Adler Planetarium: – January: 4, 5, 10-14, 18, 19, 24-27
The Art Institute of Chicago – January: Every Weekday all month (Mon-Fri), all day
Chicago Children’s Museum– Every Thursday, 5 – 8 pm and First Sunday of each month(children15 & under)
Chicago History Museum – January: 3, 10, 17 & 24
DuSable Museum of AfricanAmerican Art– January:2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Field Museum January: 3, 10, 11, 13, 18, 19, 24, 26, 31
Loyola University Museum of Art – January: 4, 11, 18 & 25
Museum of Contemporary Art – January: 4, 11, 18 & 25
Museum of Science & Industry – January: All weekdays! 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28, 31
Museum of Surgical Science– January 4, 11, 18, 25
Notebaert Nature Museum January: 6, 13,20 & 27
Shedd Aquarium – January: 10, 11, 16-24, 25
Swedish American Museum – January: 11


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