Chicago is a great city with lots to do. There are museums, art galleries, shopping districts, and parks that you can visit when in the city. Even in the winter, there’s a perfect mixture of indoor and outdoor attractions to keep you entertained and in the holiday mood. Keep reading for more on how to do Chicago in the wintertime.

1. Ice Skate at Millennium Park

Did you really have a good winter if you didn’t go ice skating? In the winter, the area under the Bean becomes an ice rink where you and your friends or family can enjoy a fun day out. The rink has holiday music, skate rentals and coffee shops just across from it. You can have fun exploring Millennium Park once you’re done ice skating, too.

2. Enjoy the Lincoln Park ZooLights Festival

Lincoln Park Zoo is a great place, mainly because you can see a wide variety of animals there for free! Every winter, the park is illuminated with dazzling lights and displays in an event called ZooLights. You don’t want to miss it, as it’s stunning! The festival also has lots of holiday activities, such as visits with Santa, a holiday pop-up bar, an Enchanted Forest, a Light Maze and more! ZooLights runs until early January.

3. See a Holiday Musical in Theater District

There’s just something about dressing up to go see a show at an indoor theater in the winter. Chicago’s Theater District has no shortage of holiday shows and operas for you to watch. During the holiday season, you can expect to find theaters playing classics like A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life and the Nutcracker.

4. Visit the Christmas Market

Christkindlmarket is an authentic German-style Christmas market hosted by the city of Chicago each winter. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit. It features many vendors selling Christmas gifts, ornaments, festive beverages, foods, and more. Christkindlmarket runs up until Christmas Eve.

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