There’s no denying that Chicago during the winter is absolutely stunning, but it can definitely be a chore finding frostbite free entertainment in the city during the colder months. And while a beautiful walk in the snow is great for a short adventure, it’s always best to have a few indoor options on the backburner when being warm is a necessity. So whether you’re looking for romantic date night ideas or evening plans with the whole family, here are 5 awesome ways to warm up this winter in Chicago.
Visit the Art Institute of Chicago
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Open daily from 10:30am to 5:00pm, the Art Institute of Chicago is a fantastic place to escape the cold. Put on your art critic hat and explore some of the most famous masterpieces of all time including classic paintings like American Gothic by Grant Wood, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, and Liz #3 by Andy Warhol. And if you get hungry, don’t forget to stop by one of their three delicious bistros for a delightful coffee and assorted small bites!
Spend an Afternoon at the Shedd Aquarium
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Beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions, oh my! There’s never been a better time to stop by Shedd Aquarium than during the wintertime — especially since Chicago residents get a 50% discount on all general admission tickets.
Cheer on the Chicago Bulls
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Escape the chill by cheering on the Chicago Bulls, one of Chicago’s most beloved teams! Whether you can diligently recite every players stat or you’re just there for the grub, the stadium has a fantastic atmosphere that’s perfect for date nights, family days, friend hangouts and more. Check the Bulls’ website for the team’s upcoming schedule and to buy tickets.
Attend a Show at the Chicago Theatre
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From comedy shows to celebrity panels, there’s always something exciting going on at the Chicago Theatre. Check their website to see their exciting lineup and don’t forget to line up early for delicious snacks at their stocked concession.
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We saved the best for last! The best way to warm up in the city this winter is undoubtedly stopping by BomboBar for one of their famous over-the-top hot chocolates. Choose between flavors like S’mores, Love Monster and Salted Caramel for a delicious and shareable snack that’s sure to warm you from the inside out.
What is you favorite way to warm up in Chicago? Let us know by tweeting us @stayinglevel.