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My “Must Do” Chicago Winter Activities

Ah, winter is upon us, and while it might be 46* and drizzly right now, I’m dreaming of some perfect winter days. Winter in Chicago lasts from about November through March, and after the Holidays, it’s easy for me to get a little sad about the lack of sunshine and warmth.

This year, I’m planning up some fun activities to do, to keep my occupied all winter long. Here is my “Must Do” Chicago Winter Activity list.

1. Ice skating!

I haven’t been ice skating since I was in middle school. I am dying to go, and of course, drag Connor with me. I’m having a tough time deciding between ice skating at the new Maggie Daley Park Rink or the Peninsula. Maybe I’ll just have to go to both?

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2. Cross Country Skiing

I absolutely love being outside. Part of the reason winter is so hard for me is feeling cooped up all winter long! I need the fresh air on my face. Cross country skiing mixes two of my favorite activities: being in nature and exercise. I cannot wait to go cross country skiing at the Morton Arboretum!

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3. Catch up on all my craft projects

Okay, so maybe this isn’t exactly a Chicago activity, but since my “Craft” Pinterest Board keeps growing, now would definitely be the time to complete a lot of these projects, and spruce up our home.

4. Volunteer at a soup kitchen

One of the hardest parts of living in Chicago, for me, is wanting to help every single person. I can often feel overwhelmed with the amount of people that I’d love to help especially when the temps are below freezing. This year, I’d like to set aside some days to assist at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter.

5. Take an art class or workshop

We are an art-loving family, so what better way to keep occupied than by taking some art classes or workshops this winter? Our friends at Fleur, Inc. are offering some great workshops that I want to get my hands on. As well as our friends at One Strange Bird offering tons of art classes.

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What are you going to do this winter to keep busy?

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