Chicago is well-known for its summer attractions, from baseball to Lake Michigan’s beaches. But winter in the Windy City also provides a wealth of entertainment opportunities, ranging from live music to family-friendly events to sophisticated cultural experiences and art exhibits. Within just a few blocks of our River North hotels, you can find winter entertainment for all ages.
The Chicago Winter Delights Festival offers a little bit of everything. The family-friendly event, which runs through the end of February, features a diverse array of musical performances, art fairs and hands-on crafts fun. No matter if you’re a fan of blues, jazz, gospel, or even opera, the Winter Delights Festival has some tunes for you. Take the kids out to Millennium Park and catch a show in the shadow of Chicago’s skyscrapers or bundle up and head to the Navy Pier for the Winter Carnival concert. If you’re looking for a more refined way to stay warm, visit the Chicago Cultural Center for the annual Day of Opera at the end of January.
Football season may be over, but the Chicago sports scene offers plenty of excitement in the winter months. The Bulls host the star-studded Boston Celtics on February 16 at the United Center and the Atlanta Hawks visit four days later. Hockey fans can finish February on a high note by heading to the United Center for the Blackhawks’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 29.
Turn a cold day into a signature Chicago sightseeing experience by checking out one of the city’s acclaimed museums or indoor entertainment options. The Shedd Aquarium is the world’s largest indoor aquarium, featuring 8,000 animals from around the world. Art lovers will find a multitude of enthralling exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, where historic art from around the world is showcased alongside forward-thinking modern art installations. Be sure to take note of the ornate building itself, which was constructed in the late 19th century before skyscrapers sprung up around it.
Chicago Winter Events:
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra – February 25 – Chicago Symphony Center
- Chicago Winter Delights Festival 2012 – Through February 29 – Various Downtown Chicago locations
- Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – February 29 – United Center