You may have heard that Chicago has seen some record-low temperatures this winter – brr!! But don’t let this cold weather dissuade you from visiting our favorite Windy City this year: there are plenty of Chicago Winter Events and Attractions to keep you warm. Create a customized winter-friendly GO Select Chicago Pass to save big on your favorites!
Since you’ll want to maximize your time indoors during the winter in Chicago, we recommend events like special exhibits and traveling performances. Museums and galleries often have themed exhibits in the winter, corresponding to something seasonal or historical. For example, the “1893 World’s Fair” exhibit at The Field Museum has been a huge hit since it opened earlier last fall. It’s a fascinating exploration of artifacts and the role they’ve played in Chicago history since the famous World’s Fair. Conveniently for the sake of your toes, The Field Museum is near two other great Chicago attractions: Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Warm up with a visit to Shedd’s tropical sea creatures, and gain some perspective on your Earth-bound existence through Adler’s many diverse, interactive exhibits. Choose a GO Select Chicago Pass with all three to save on your admission, and get special insider extras like the world-famous “Jellies” show at Shedd, special exhibits and an I-MAX film at The Field Museum, and more!
Chicago is the city with everything, and this winter is your chance to explore all she has to offer. Foodies will want to take advantage of popular Chicago Winter Events like Restaurant Week – from now until February 6! Check out new restaurants or revisit old favorites. Chicago Theater Week is held from February 11 – 16, and you won’t want to miss a chance to take in a show (or two or three!) and experience Chicago’s renowned theater scene. Take a Chicago Theatre Tour before you decide on a show! You can further explore your musical side with a visit to the 54th Annual Folklore Festival, with concerts every night from February 14 – 16. It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about traditional music from cultures around the world, and it’s definitely not the kind of thing you’d find in any tourist brochure.
Navy Pier has a number of special events for the whole family this winter, including “Snow Days,” held in Gateway Park. It’s full of fun outdoor activities like professional snow-sculpture, amateur snow-painting, live entertainment, and, of course, snowball fights! “Snow Days” run February 8 – 9. Don’t forget to bundle up! While you’re down by Navy Pier, you can also enjoy the Chicago Children’s Museum for a bit of indoor fun! Adults may also enjoy a special chance to sample from more than 100 different indie ciders at “Cider Summit,” also held at Navy Pier on February 8. Check out some local favorites, like Prima Cider or Ciderboys.
Use your customized Go Select Chicago Pass on your smartphone to avoid fumbling with papers or tickets in the cold, and breeze around like an insider.