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Have fun with your kids this winter with these must-see Chicago spots

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With winter kicking into high gear in Chicago, you might be wondering what you can do with your kids. From outdoor sports to indoor museum exhibits, the area is filled with things to do when the temperatures dip. The following guide can help you out.

  • All aboard! At the Winter Flower & Train Show, held at Lincoln Park Conservatory, you can see a model train in a holiday setting. The show, which has free admission and runs through Jan. 5, also displays a variety of poinsettias.
  • Got any future archeologists in your family? Then you’ll want to check out The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. The museum, which has free admission, offers a look back in time with items from ancient Near East. Take a look at treasures from Egypt, Mesopotamia and Nubia, as well as other cultures.
  • With quite a bit of snow on the ground and more on the way, you might want to take the kids sledding. But where should you go? Check out the list of hills available for sledding from the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With preserves throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, you’re sure to find a hill that’s close to home.
  • Skate away with ice skating rinks at the Chicago Park District. The CPD has eight ice skating rinks, and many offer lessons on how to skate, as well as skate rentals. For information on admission and rental prices, check out the website.


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