Winter in the Windy City

Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do in Chicago. Some of the Windy City’s best attractions are still open for visitors and residents alike.  

Art Institute of Chicago

Once you walk between the bronze lions, you’ll get to experience some of the finest artwork in the world. Not only is the permanent collection full of genuine classics from artists like Monet, Grant Wood, O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol, but there are exhibitions from artists like Dawoud Bey and Naeem Mohaiemen that are currently on display this winter.  

Shedd Aquarium

This family favorite offers everything from Lake Michigan’s lake sturgeons to the Abbott Oceanarium with its sea lions and beluga whales.   For a limited time, catch the special exhibit Underwater Beauty, which features over 100 species from around the world.  If you’re a resident of IL, there are a number of free days – check the schedule here (

Field Museum of Natural History

Sue is back! The largest Tyrannosaurus Rex in the world has found her new home in Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet (  Step back in time and experience the story of evolution.  Then make your way to the Elizabeth Morse Genius Hall of Dinosaurs.  And while Sue (and her friends) may be the star attraction here, but the Field Museum is also home to other legends like the man-eating lions of Tsavo, the Grainger Hall of Gems, and of course, the famed Mummies exhibit.  

Museum of Science & Industry

This is considered to be one of the best hands-on museums in the world. Enjoy touring a genuine World War II U-boat, go through a lifelike simulation of an old-fashioned coal mine, or enjoy some of the great hands-on displays at YOU! The Experience or Science Storms. It’s so fun that your kids won’t mind that they’re learning.

Adler Planetarium

Besides hosting the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, Adler is also home to several great permanent exhibits. You can enjoy learning about our solar system, the history of space travel, and see a large collection of telescopes.  This winter, Adler has introduced its newest exhibit, Choose the Moon ( where visitors can experience the Moon like never before.  

Ice Skating at Millennium Park or the Skating Ribbon

Few wintertime Chicago tours are complete without visiting at least one of these great rinks. Millennium Park is home to the rink at McCormick Tribune Plaza, which also hosts an upscale restaurant that’s welcoming to all.  The rink is open now through March 10 (  A short walk away in the heart of downtown is the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park.  Also opened until March 10 with free admission.   

Broadway in Chicago

Chicago has become a theater city to rival New York and London, and Broadway shows now dominate the Theater District in the Loop.  Productions running this winter include Hamilton. Kinky Boots, and Friends! The Musical Parody.  The Chicago Theater District has numerous restaurants and entertainment options.  Reserve a ride to/from the show through our partner GO Airport Express – now offering nonstop around town transportation with as little as 30 minutes notice.

Shop and Stroll The Magnificent Mile

This stretch of Michigan Avenue is one of the most opulent streets in the United States. Lit up all winter long with thousands of dazzling white lights, it’s full of luxury shops, high class restaurants and art galleries. You won’t mind the cold when you’re strolling along looking for the perfect outfit or accessory in one of the many fine boutiques.  

Or Book a Tour through Gray Line Chicago

Gray Line Chicago offers nine fantastic tours by bus and by boat, and there’s something for everyone from history buffs to pizza fanatics. Our trips last between 2-4 hours, and they’re reasonably priced for any budget. If you want experienced, knowledgeable tour guides who can show you the best things to do in Chicago, then book a tour through Gray Line Chicago today.

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