Celebrate the snowfall on your Chicago getaway. Stomp around Northerly Island off Lake Michigan, sled past the home of the Chicago Bears or even glide under the shadows of The Bean. The enchanting winter months deliver nothing short of magical experience to connect with the great outdoors: Chicago-style.
Bundle up for these all-ages seasonal activities and combine incredible sightseeing with some outdoor recreation.
OUTDOOR ICE SKATING
On shimmering winter days, Chicagoans love gliding around one of the city's many outdoor ice rinks. Whether it's the iconic ice rink at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street)
, the new skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park (337 E. Randolph Street)
with its "alpine in the city" feel, or the rink outside the big red barn at Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark Street)
, there's a skating experience to suit every taste. Get the rundown on these Chicago ice skating rinks
and lace up your blades.
Soldier Field isn't just the home of the Bears; it also boasts one of the city's most popular sledding hills.
The Soldier Field Sledding Hill (1801 S. Museum Campus Drive), which stays lit at night, sits on 30 acres of parkland that surround Soldier Field and features a 220-foot slope that gets covered in faux snow when Mother Nature needs a little boost starting in December. It also has hay bales lining the hillsides for safety and ramps to accommodate disabled sledders, so grab a sled, snowboard or toboggan and get ready for some fearless fun.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING
Who says you can't ski in the center of a city? Visit Northerly Island (1521 S. Linn White Drive), a 91-acre peninsula that some call the best-kept secret in Chicago, and get ready to glide.
If cross-country skiing isn't your thing, Northerly Island offers another great option: snowshoeing. It's easy – if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Whether you rent snowshoes or bring your own, you can stomp through the snow, looking for birds and native animals while enjoying the incredible views of Chicago's skyline.
And when you need to warm up, slip inside the Northerly Island visitor's center for a soothing sip of hot chocolate.