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Top 5 Things to Do in Chicago During Winter Break



It’s winter in the Windy City! It’s a beautiful time to enjoy Chicago and the holiday lights, and to find some indoor and outdoor activities that can be enjoyable in cold weather. Here’s a list of the top 5 activities you can do during your winter break.

1. Visit the Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the US. It’s beautiful, spacious and is perfect for a visit on a cold winter day. Currently there are a few interesting exhibitions going on, including the “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present” exhibition displaying the art and work of Moholy-Nagy, a prominent pioneer of abstraction who was also a professor at the Bauhaus art school in Germany. You can find more information about the Art Institute and its current exhibits here.

2. Go ice skating in Millennium Park

Millennium Park in Chicago is one of the most famous places in the city. It is home to ‘The Bean’, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. The official name of the sculpture is ‘Cloud Gate’ however it is more famous by its cute nickname. In the winter time, the park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, featuring McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, where you can ice skate every day surrounded by the pretty holiday lights. More information about the rink and the hours here.

3. Stroll down the Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile is a section of Chicago's Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near North Side. It’s full of shops, so whether you’re still doing your holiday shopping, chasing after the post-Christmas sales or simply viewing the holiday lights, it is a great place to take a stroll in Chicago. There are many events that take place around Christmas and New Year’s Day, so be sure to check out the calendar of events on this website.

4. See a show at the Chicago Theater

The Chicago Theater, built in 1921, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago. Its distinctive Chicago Theatre marquee is an unofficial emblem of the city. The theater has a beautiful architecture with French Baroque influence noticeable in the interior.

There are many other theaters in Chicago, and if you’re interested in seeing a show at one of them you can visit this website for the ticket information.

5. Eat the Chicago-style pizza

This is a must! If you have lived in Chicago and haven’t tried the Chicago-style pizza, you haven’t experienced the Chicago lifestyle to the fullest. The Chicago-style pizza, also known as deep-dish pizza, is world-famous for its high edge and large amounts of cheese and a chunky tomato sauce. There are many restaurants around Chicago where you can try deep-dish pizza, with Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria being one of the most famous of them. Go on a tasting adventure and find our favorite pizza place!

As you can imagine, these are just a few suggestions as to what to do during your winter break. There are so many other places to see in Chicago, so hopefully you’ll be able to visit a lot of them and you will have a fun-filled and exciting winter recess. Happy holidays!