Chicago Winter for the Outdoorsy

Posted by Mike Kravitz on Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:59am.

Loving Chicago in the winter is like loving someone when you first wake up: morning breath, messy hair, possibly drool. The point is, if you love Chicago in the winter, you really really love Chicago. The colder weather is most difficult for the adventurous and outdoorsy types who are starting to feel stir crazy. Despite the weather, Chicago still offers plenty of things to do that can quell even the most diehard nature-lovers angst.

1) Have you considered taking a bus tour? From the Prohibition Tour to the Chicago Pizza Tour, you’re traveling across Chicago, trying new cuisine and beers! Each tour features animated tour guides that are passionate about educating you on the history of Chicago and all it has to offer. You will travel through neighborhoods like Wicker Park and Old Town!

2) This may be a little bit of a stretch, but check out indoor beach sand volleyball leagues like Downer’s Grove Indoor Volleyball. You can grab a beer while playing. Booking it is simple and you can also play bags, pool, and grab a bite!

3) Ice skating in Millennium Park in the South Loop is always a treat! This may sound a bit touristy, but it’s a great way to be outdoors and active while it’s cold out. If you get too chilly stop by Park Grill for a bite and some hot coacoa to warm up before heading home or back out to skate.

4) The Chicago Flower and Garden Show is from March 18 to March 26 at Navy Pier in Streeterville. Even if you aren’t a green thumb you can certainly enjoy the display of colorful and fragrant flowers that take over the space. Aside from the flowers many of the restaurants on Navy Pier join the fun and offer botanical-themed special cocktails and meals. Plus, you can take a ride on the renovated Ferris wheel that boasts breathtaking sites of the city. You can see the beautiful Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and more!

Remember, warmer weather is just around the corner, and there's still plenty to do to tide you over! Don't get cabin fever, get creative!

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