Best Things to Do with Kids This Winter in Chicagoland

When chilly temps hit the Chicago area, we’re ready for snow, polar vortexes and anything in between. But when dealing with brutal Midwest winters, it doesn’t mean the family fun has to stop!

Winter in Chicagoland still brings exciting seasonal activities that you can’t experience any other time of the year. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best things to do this winter with kids in our handy guide below.

Keep scrolling to find all the cool wintertime activities like sledding hills and skating rinks. Plus, we’ve included indoor activities for the days you want to stay warm and fun ways to celebrate your favorite holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day and more.

Enjoy! ❄

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WINTER ACTIVITIES AND DESTINATIONS

Remember, the days are shorter during this time of year, so come out from under the covers and make the most of it. We’ve shared some of our favorite activities whether that would be twinkling lights during the holiday season or skiing when there’s snow on the ground.

Here are some of our favorite winter activities the whole family will love.

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INDOOR FUN

We know, we know, not all winter days make us want to spend all our time outside. You want to spend some time at home relaxing, but we also want to avoid cabin fever. That’s where indoor attractions come to the rescue.

From local theater and museums to indoor playgrounds, you can have lots of fun at these local places.

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WINTER HOLIDAYS

Winter is packed with so many holidays, especially at the end of the year. If you’re planning Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered with family guides. You’ll also find fun ideas for Lunar New Year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or even Groundhog Day.

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New Year’s Eve 2021 Guide for Chicago Families

Welcome 2022 with these kid-friendly activities.

Hanukkah 2021 Guide for Chicago Families

Here are some ideas to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

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WINTER TIPS

Chicago winters can be brutal, so it’s important to keep your family safe when you’re out of the house. We’ve provided some tips below on how to winterize your house (and car), how to keep your child warm and driving safely.

You can also find important health tips during cold and flu season, and some updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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