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4 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues In Chicago


As the new year begins, it means new activities to try out in Chicago! January is a fresh start, and the best way to get the new year rolling is with indoor/outdoor experiences, whether you are a local, or an enthusiastic tourist, Chicago has tons to offer. From transporting to the set of ‘The Office’ to free entry to Chicago’s award-winning museums, the city has a lot to offer. Check our list of the best things to do in Chicago this January.  

Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating 

Take advantage of one of the many outdoor skating rinks in Chicago’s most photo-worthy places. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, you can enjoy the city’s iconic skyline at Maggie Daley Park at their ribbon-shaped ice rink, which features artwork inspired by two paintings by Vincent van Gogh: “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night.” Best of all, it is absolutely free on weekdays (bring your own skates), or only $5 on weekends if you make a reservation. If you don’t have a pair of skates laying around, admission is $16-$20 including rental. The quarter-mile ice rink is open through March, so take advantage of it before it’s too late.

The Office Experience 

Calling The Office fans! Transport to Scranton, Pennsylvania to experience the paper world of Dunder Mifflin. Fans are invited to the largest official interactive experience that features 17 rooms on two floors at The Shops at North Bridge on the Magnificent Mile. Celebrate your characters favorite moments from Kevin’s spilled chili to visiting Dwight’s very own Schrute Farms. The interactive exhibit offers an Instagram-worthy experience and rooms filled with original props and costumes. According to their website, The Office Experience will run in Chicago until March, so get your tickets now!

Museums In Chicago (Free For Residents!)

Looking for a budget-friendly activity, but want to stay in the heart of Chicago? Experience Chicago’s award-winning museums at no cost to you (for Illinois residents)! Many major Chicago museums offer free days to their iconic exhibits, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and much more. Make sure you check out the list of dates for free admission, as some require an online reservation. 

Have Dinner In An Igloo 

I|O Godfrey invites you to an unforgettable experience at Chicago’s largest and only year-round rooftop lounge. The hotel’s rooftop lounge and restaurant is currently featuring its annual winter wonderland experience, where guests can cozy up in their heated, clear-domed igloos. Enjoy Chicago’s iconic skyline while savoring their signature meals. Don’t hesitate to reserve your igloo on their website, before it’s too late.

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