Winter Activities in Chicago

Winter Activities in Chicago

 During Christmas time, Chicago has many things to offer. Some examples include ice skating by the Bean, checking out the Chicago Christmas Tree, grabbing a hot chocolate at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory on the Magnificent Mile, and watching the Nutcracker at the Lyric Opera House. In this article, I will be describing some winter activities to do in Chicago.

ChiTown Movies

A movie being projected outside in a drive-in movie theater.

ChiTown Movies is a drive-in movie theater that plays Christmas movies like Home Alone, Elf, and The Grinch. It’s $33-40 dollars per car to enter. It’s fun to do with your family and friends and it also has a great view of the city during sunset and  at night.




Museum of Science and Industry

Giant Christmas Tree in the Museum of Science and Industry.

During Christmas time, The Science and Industry Museum hosts their  “Christmas Around the World and Holiday Lights” with Christmas trees that are decorated with each country’s most well known attributes, such as Christmas ornaments. It’s $21.95 for one adult, $12.95 for one child.

Brookfield Zoo

Colorful Christmas lights in the Brookfield Zoo. (Unknown)

Every year, Brookfield Zoo puts up Christmas trees and lights (with over two million) all around the zoo. It also hashuge light displays of animals like giraffes and bears. Guests can walk around, enjoy hot chocolate, and go ice skating. It’s a fun thing to do with relatives and friends that is $24.95 for adults and $17.95 for children.

Millennium Park Ice Skating

A crowd of people ice skate outside in Millenium Park, Chicago.

Millennium Park Ice Skating is a wonderful idea to do on any day in front of Chicago’s famous Bean.

With amazing views of the city lights and up to 100,000 skaters per year, there are also free ice skating lessons each weekend.


The Nutcracker by Joffrey Ballet

Ballerinas dancing the Nutcracker in white dresses.

The Joffrey Ballet at the Lyric Opera House is now showing The Nutcracker with amazing performers and stunts. The Nutcracker is about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with young Marie and her Nutcracker Prince in two-time Tony Award® winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s holiday masterpiece. It’s Christmas Eve, and thanks to a surprise visit from the enchanting Great Impresario, Marie embarks on an adventure into a realm of spectacle and wonder. The price ranges according to seat/balcony. The opera is available to view from December 14th-27th.

Sparkle Light Festival

The colorful Sparkle Light Festival in Rosemont at night.

The Village of Rosemont is announcing the Sparkle Light Festival at the Impact Field in Rosemont. Visitors are invited to enjoy wonderful displays of holiday lights with a variety of activities. The Sparkle Light Festival is open now through Sunday, December 31st.




The holidays provide excellent opportunities for fun with family and friends. Why not do it by watching The Grinch in your car, seeing The Nutcracker by Joffrey Ballet, or going ice skating downtown! Hopefully, by visiting these places in Chicago, more memories are created with people you care about.


ChiTown Drive-in Movie Theater

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