Magnificent Mile has a classic metropolitan buzz and is especially festive during the winter as its trees are lit up with thousands of twinkling white lights.
Millennium Park is the epicenter of fun in Chicago as this is where you’ll find Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), Crown Fountain, Maggie Daley Park, and the unique BP Pedestrian Bridge.
Chicago has a multitude of seasonal ice skating rinks that pop up around the city during its winter months offering fun and enjoyment to both locals and visitors alike.
Despite the gray skies and floating ice chunks, the harbor of Lake Michigan in which Navy Pier sits is surprisingly beautiful and serene in the winter! Plus, all of the shops and delicious dining venues throughout the pier remain open, as does Chicago’s famous Ferris wheel, the Centennial Wheel!
Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast or a foodie newbie, spend winter in Chicago enjoying a Chicago hot dog, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, an Italian Beef sandwich, fried chicken, or Garrett Popcorn!