Don’t let the snow get your spirits down! Chicago is alive with winter activities both inside and out. Try something new or return to an old favorite. Here are a handful of ideas you can use to get out of the house and enjoy the white city.
Celebration of Winter in Highland Park
Shake off that cabin fever for a variety of outdoor excitement. The Coyote Run Golf Course will host a free day filled with bonfires, hayrides, skating, snowball fights and warm food and drinks. You’ll get to meet real sled dogs, ask questions and take photos.
Winter Carnival in Northbrook
Warm up your winter with carnival games, winter demonstrations, music and a sled decorating contest at this free event.
Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Rockford
January 15 – 18
The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition hosts teams from around the state all vying for the right to represent Illinois at the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition. This annual event produces a gallery of dozens of beautiful and creative sculptures made entirement of snow. Watch the artists work until the 10 a.m. deadline and then view their creations at Sinnissippi Park daily from sunrise until 11 p.m.
Snow Days at Navy Pier
January 25 – 27
Take a trip to Navy Pier’s Gateway Park for a variety of fun and unique snow activities. Games like winter hula hoop, snowman hat toss and snowshoe experience will keep kids and adults busy for hours. If your little one has always wanted to try snowboarding, children will have the opportunity to try a special course with help from a certified instructor. Snow painting and snow a live DJ dance party, AcroYoga lessons, dueling pianos and illuminated ice sculptures are great for all ages.
Cross-Country Ski at the Morton Arboretum
If there is at least four inches of snow on the ground, head over to the Morton Arboretum to try out cross-country skiing. Bring your own or rent equipment there to take on the 1,700-acre winter wonderland.