7 things to do in Chicago before January ends

As excited as we are about February (and we’re really excited about February), we want to make sure you don’t miss these seven things still on the January calendar.

As excited as we are about February, we want to make sure you don’t miss these seven things still on the January calendar.


Snow Days Chicago

Teams of artists from around the country and the world gather starting Feb. 4 to create sculpting masterpieces out of 10 ft. blocks of man-made snow. Other winter-themed activities for kids and families, including The Snowboard Experience, snow games and snow painting. Sculptures will be available for viewing Feb. 6-7, during the day and night with special nighttime illumination. The colorful lighting display begins at dusk. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. both days, enjoy a visit from Shedd Aquarium’s Magellanic Penguins. Guests can see the penguins from up close and can also ask the trainers questions about the penguins, their habitat and more.


Sizzling Sunday

Visit Costa Rica with Discovery Center as we explore volcanoes, tromp through the rain forest, swim through a tropical reef, and sample the local cuisine of this Central American gem.


Groundhog Daze

Learn about groundhogs and make one of your own. Touch realgroundhog fur and investigate a groundhog skull, as well as somegroundhog cousins including a beaver, mouse and muskrat.



The Museum of Science and Industry is offering free weekday admission through the end of the month, so hurry in to take advantage! Details. In addition, the Art Institute’s free weekday admission runs through Feb. 4. Details.

Free weekday admission to MSI and the Art Institute


Snowshoe race takes place on groomed trails through Glacial Park. Racers can expect roots and rocks; short, steep downhill and uphill sections; uphill switchbacks; wide open field sections and technical climbs.

First Annual Glacial Park 5K Snowshoe Race

Snowshoe race takes place on groomed trails through GlacialPark. Racers can expect roots and rocks; short, steep downhill anduphill sections; uphill switchbacks; wide open field sections andtechnical climbs. Race is a Regional Qualifying Event for theNational Snowshoe Championship. Participants will receive, waterbottle and sponsor swag goodies. Fruit, bagels, Hammer Heed, HammerGel, water and warm drinks will be served at the finish area. Racestarts 11:30-11:40 a.m., 10:30 a.m.; Snowshoe Stomp 5K starts 1p.m. Kid’s 1/2 Mile Moon Boot Stomp (Fun Run) takes place at 1 p.m.Door prizes will be given away. Notice Sorry, no refunds. Directorholds right to postpone or cancel race due to lack of snow and/orextreme weather circumstances.


This traveling exhibit packs up on Feb. 6, so catch it before it leaves. Its abundance of green leaves are a breath of fresh air on these cold winter days.


Exploring Trees Inside and Out

Kids can learn about trees as they touch bark, smell cedar,cinnamon and maple, crawl inside a giant log habitat, take part ina real-time animated blue-screen flying experience, and climbthrough a tree to slide into a pile of leaves. Oct. 23-Jan. 30.


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