February 20, 2014 08:05 ET

Top 10 Things to Do Winter 2014 in Chicago: Best Cold Weather Activities in Chicago Reviewed by

Chicago in the Winter Can Get Chilly -- But Luckily There Are Plenty of Incredible Things to Do and Popular Places to See That Compliment the Cold Weather

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 20, 2014) -  Chicago has experienced a chilly winter so far, with a record low temperature of -16 degrees. Rather than moping about the cold weather, why not take advantage and explore some of the best things to do this winter that won't freeze fingers. Today, ( announced this year's top 10 things to do winter 2014, so grab the mittens and have some fun exploring the Windy City's best winter attractions!

"It's been a cold winter so far," explains Lindsey Skinner, editor of, "but that doesn't stop Chicagoans and Chicago Travelers from exploring the city, so we've come up with some ideas to keep the winter fun filled and exciting despite the cold weather!"

1 - Ice Skating in Millennium Park: Get the ice skates out and enjoy the cold winter air. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is open until March 9, and skate rental is $10. Plus, Thursday - Sundays come an hour before the rink opens for free skating lessons!

2 - Chicago Detours: Don't sell your Chicago trip short and skimp on the tours. Chicago Detours offers incredible options for cold weather tours. From the Historic Bar Tour to the Loop Interior Architecture tour, Chicago Detours gives interesting lessons about Chicago while keeping everyone warm

3 - Shedd Aquarium: From river critters to deep sea dwellers, the Shedd Aquarium offers incredible aquatic experiences and exhibits. From exotic Amazon to the Wild Reef exhibit, explore the fascinating creatures of the underwater world.

4 - Shopping in Chicago: Shop 'til you drop on Chicago's famous shopping district. Magnificent Mile runs from the Chicago River to Oak Street, and offers unique boutiques and vast malls.

5 - Hershey's candy store: Indulge in the tasty world of chocolate at Hersey's on the Mag Mile. A great cold weather activity to enjoy, the Chicago Chocolate store makes it easy to satisfy that sweet tooth.

6 - IMAX at the Museum of Science and Industry: Stay inside and explore the wonders of science at the Omnimax Theater at the Museum of Science and Industry. Space Junk plays until Feb 26th, and Flight of the Butterflies starts Feb 27th. Or enjoy The Last Reef, playing now until June 5th.

7 - Adler After Dark: Adult only fun at Adler Planetarium! Drop the kids at the babysitters and have fun at Adler After Dark, which includes music, multiple bars, and the best views of Chicago's iconic skyline. Adler After Dark happens every 3rd Thursday of the month, and is $15.

8 - Comedy Shows: Laugh it up this cold season at one of Chicago's funniest comedy clubs. Chicago is known for its hilarious shows, and venues like The ComedySportz Theatre and The Lincoln Lodge have patrons rolling on the floor. For more information visit

9 - Book a Limo: Rather than touring the city out in the cold, book a limo and make a day of it! Pick a romantic restaurant in Chicago and treat yourself to elegant limousine transportation. For more information visit

10 - Chicago Museums: Not many cities compete with Chicago in regards to museums. The Windy City can't be beat; with Adler Planetarium, Children's Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art, winter is the best time to stay indoors and learn about Chicago's rich past and interesting present. For more information visit

Bonus Activity -- Food Tour -- Hop on the tasty train and stop at three different restaurants with Chicago Dine Around. Public tours happen on Saturdays from 6 pm - 9 pm, and include comfortable bus transportation, delicious food, and a city tour between stops.

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Contact Information

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    Lindsey Skinner
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    800 450 7805 ext 10809