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20 Chicago Winter Tours, Attractions & Events

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WINTER 2018 2019

A little cold isn’t enough to keep Chicagoans indoors. The winter is packed with holiday festivities, raucous concerts, artisan markets, must-see shows and so much more. Grab you coat and join us at one of these 20 Chicago events.

Nov. 16 – Dec. 24

This Old World tradition comes to Chicago with hot wine, sweet treats, artisan gifts and more.

2. See The Nutcracker by The Joffrey Ballet

Dec. 1 – 30

The spectacular show has been re-imagined to take place during Chicago‘s 1893 World’s Fair.

Dec. 15 – 16

Pick up gifts (or something for yourself) at America’s largest urban antique market.

Bellemore
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Jan. 25 – Feb. 7

Almost 400 local restaurants offer two weeks of dining deals for brunch, lunch and dinner.

5. Go ice skating at Millennium Park
Nighttime Ice Skating
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Open through March

Take a spin on the two free rinks on the Millennium Park campus.

6. Admire the luminous display at ZooLights
Lincoln Park Zoo ZooLights
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Various dates through Jan. 6, 2019

Get ready to be awed by the millions of twinkling lights at one of the only free zoos in the country.

7. Sip local brews at a craft beer festival
Chicago Ale Fest
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Various dates

Sample craft brews from Chicago and all over the country at these winter craft beer festivals.

BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Thursday, Dec. 6

Lincoln Park Zoo

20th Annual Christmas and Winter Beer Tasting

Saturday, Dec. 8

Delilah’s

Chicago Ale Fest Winter 

Saturday, Feb. 2

Lacuna Artist Lofts

8. Meet the teams at MLB conventions
Chicago Cubs versus Chicago White Sox
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Various dates

Get to know your favorite players at Chicago’s baseball team’s annual convention.

Cubs Convention

Jan. 18 – 20

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Sox Fest

Jan. 25 – 27

Hilton Chicago

Jan. 19 – Feb. 3

Dream of warmer days at Navy Pier’s immersive art installation, designed to mimic a day at the beach.

Jan. 19

The joyous celebration, featuring celebrated soloists and more than 100 Chicago musicians, will have you clapping along in no time.

Feb. 7 – 17

Get discounted tickets to more than 100 productions throughout the city during Chicago Theatre Week.

Opens Dec. 21

The largest T-rex ever discovered will be back on permanent display at the Field Museum. Don’t miss the unveiling of her new space.

Various dates

This lakefront peninsula is the perfect spot for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing within view of the city skyline.

14. Celebrate Chinese New Year
Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration
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Various dates in February

Kick off the year of the pig with Chinese New Year celebrations across the city.

Feb. 15 – 17

The inaugural three-night event will fill the galleries of the Art Institute with sounds from local and national musicians.

All season long

Stay warm with everyone’s favorite winter treat at these Chicago hot spots.

Through March

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t see the city on foot. Explore the pedway system with a free walking tour.

All season long

A snow machine ensures this 35-foot hill is always ready for fun, no matter the weather.

Feb. 15 – 16

Since 1961, the Folk Festival has brought celebrated performers from all over to the University of Chicago.

Various dates

Get stunning views of the river and lake with a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise all winter long.

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