As Chicago’s winter truly rears its ugly head, leading even the most devote Midwesterner to dream of warmer climates, don’t let the weather get you down. Find a way to get active outdoors. If you’re willing to bundle up, there’s a great deal you can do outside in the city in January.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Ice skating. Check out Warren Park’s seasonal ice rink, or the rink in Millenium Park just below the bean. You’ll burn calories and experience a great Chicago tradition.
- Sledding. Try the Museum Campus or Montrose Harbor for some great sledding hills.
- Cross Country Skiing. There are ski paths on Northerly Island and Lincoln Park in the city. It’s also worth the short drive to enjoy the Morton Arboretum in the winter; the arboretum also offers snow shoe rental.
- Walking. Take a stroll up and do some window shopping. January is one of the few months in Chicago when you can enjoy the Magnificent Mile without having to dodge tourists.
Remember to dress warmly and warm up slowly when doing outdoor activities in the winter!