We all know how great summer in Chicago is, but what about winter? Don’t rule out the Windy City during the frigid months, as there’s always something new to do or explore! With the right attitude, an extra-warm coat, and some delicious hot chocolate to dethaw, you’ll have a blast seeing the city in a new light.
Explore the Chicago Botanic Garden
You’ve likely been to Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe during the summer, but it’s also an incredible place to visit during the winter as well. The park sits on 285 acres and it boasts over 2.6 million plants to see and explore. The Garden also has a list of calendar events that are happening both in person and online due to COVID-19. You’ll always find something new to see!
The city of Chicago is a cultural hub for creative minds, and you can experience some of the city’s most incredible artwork for yourself. Put on your warmest parka and head downtown to see some beautiful, expressive pieces of public art located throughout the city.
Popular options include the Picasso structure, the Chicago mural, Yoko Ono’s Sky Landing, the Statue of the Republic, and Cloud Gate. Which public art attractions are your favorite?
Even if you’re not the most athletic person on the planet, lacing up your ice skates and soaking in the scenes of downtown is always a good idea. Maggie Daley Park is still open for skaters, but be sure to make your reservation ahead of time, as they are not offering walk-ups to ensure there aren't too many people skating at once.
If you aren’t interested in skating, you can always bundle up and walk around the park as well. This is especially magical during the evening as the sun begins to set and the Chicago skyline is illuminated.
Speaking of the Chicago skyline, walking along the Lakefront Trail is also an enjoyable way to see the city during the winter. The full path is 18 miles long, but even walking for a mile or two with a warm beverage in hand can help you feel more connected to the city and people around you. You can also experience the trail by biking it or skating it, and it is also handicap accessible as well.
Winter may be your favorite season, or maybe you’re eagerly waiting for the groundhog to not see his shadow. Regardless, our team at Chicago’s First Lady is excited to open up again this spring for tours and private parties!