Winter Activities in Chicago, IL
What winter would be complete without catching a Chicago Bears game huddled under a blanket as the snow whips your face in sub-zero weather? Although this sounds like torture to people who are not football fans, most Chicagoans consider attending Bears games a badge of honor. The warming huts and massive mugs of hot chocolate are always there to thaw the fingers of dedicated fans rooting for their team. Chicago Bears tickets are hot commodities in high demand.
An evening of sports and fun for hockey fans doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg during the Chicago winter. Instead of buying expensive nose-bleed seats for the Chicago Blackhawks, you could be sitting right next to the ice, in the midst of all the action, at a Chicago Wolves game. Allstate Arena even offers convenient 4-packs of four prime seats, four hot dogs, four sodas, and four pennants for only $136, about $35 a ticket, basically the price of dinner and a movie, but far more entertaining. Many games even feature fireworks to add to the heart-pounding excitement.
Just because the outside world is a frozen tundra doesn't mean that Chicago is devoid of plant life in the winter. There are thousands of beautiful species of plants and flowers to reassure you that the world will again be filled with color at the Garfield Park Conservatory. It's a wonderful place for either a romantic stroll or a family romp without being huddled under a down winter coat. Before you head to the conservatory, be sure to check out the website for seasonal exhibits and talks about relevant topics like raising chickens in Chicago. The Spring Flower Show is one not to be missed as it is such a delight to trade the grayness of winter for a rainbow riot of color. And best of all, entrance to the Garfield Park Conservatory is free.
When the weather gets brutally cold, bowling is a great activity to stay active and have fun. Lucky Strikes is so large, it's like a city of entertainment. The food is far superior to the typical fare found at local bowling alleys, and if bowling's not your thing, you can enjoy sophisticated cocktails in the lounge. An afternoon or a night of bowling at Lucky Strikes will change your view of bowling forever. And you can keep the indoor fun going into the night at the connected AMC movie theater. But if you're planning on making this a family activity, don't get there too late. After 8PM, Lucky Strikes is closed to those under 21.
From mid-November through mid-March, Chicago families can ice skate for free amidst the beautiful sculptures of Millenium Park at the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink. Try to go early or late in the season to avoid those really cold winter days, and plan to warm up after skating with a cup of hot chocolate. Skates can be rented for $10. Although the rink is open until 8 p.m. most nights, on weekends you'll want to head there right at opening time at 10 a.m. when the crowds are smallest.