Well winter is in full swing here in Chicago but just because it’s cold & occasionally snowing outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a blast in the Windy City! There’s plenty to do indoors, outside, & nearby us at the Homewood Suites. Here’s a few of our favorite wintertime activities.
There’s several options when it comes to ice skating in Chicago. Guests can take advantage of the brand new ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park, located approximately 1.3 miles from the hotel. This new outdoor activity weaves around the park & offers a new way to ice skate, rather than in the traditional circuit. If the traditional oval rink is more to your liking, then there’s always the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park. This rink is only 1.1 miles from the hotel. The best part is, if you have your own ice skates, admission is free! Otherwise skates can be rented for $12 at either rink. For more information on other ice skating options, visit the Park District page.
There’s an abundance of great shopping in downtown Chicago, especially right off Michigan Avenue. But when it’s cold outside, we can’t blame you for heading indoors! Luckily, there are plenty of indoor shopping options nearby. The closest is the Shops at North Bridge, located just across the street from the Homewood Suites. There you’ll find an array of stores including Nordstrom, Armani Exchange, Charming Charlie, Le Creuset, and more. You can even save at this location with our Shopping Package! Even better is the shopping shuttle available from these shops. For just $39 round-trip you can leave the Shops at North Bridge and head to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, next on our list of indoor shopping locations. These upscale outlets feature designer & name brand stores such as Tory Burch, Coach, Michael Kors, and Burberry. Another great indoor shopping option is the Water Tower Place. This indoor mall is located only 8 blocks from the hotel and is home to a kid favorite: American Girl Place! Other stores include Macy’s, Nine West, Akira, Sephora, and Adidas.
There’s definitely no shortage of museums in Chicago! In fact, the museums here are so popular, even Lewis the Duck has visited! The hardest part is deciding where to go. Here’s a list of several museum options that will keep you warm this winter as well as their distance from the Homewood Suites:
Museum of Science & Industry - 8.5 miles
Field Museum - 2.3 miles
Shedd Aquarium - 2.3 miles (maybe not officially labeled a museum, but it’s indoors nonetheless!)
Chicago History Museum – 1.8 miles
Art Institute of Chicago – 1.1 miles
Chicago Children’s Museum - 1.1 miles
Ever heard of the Chicago Bulls? Chicago Blackhawks? Both these winter sporting teams play at the United Center all winter long. And with so many games in the season, at least one of them is sure to be playing at home while you’re in town! Check out their schedules & purchase ticks here.
There’s never a dull moment in the Chicago arts world with so many shows & performances going on this winter including Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Goodman Theatre & Stomp at the Bank of America Theatre. Check out these playhouses to plan your next show experience this winter:
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University – 1.6 miles
Chicago Symphony Orchestra – 1.6 miles
Lyric Opera of Chicago – 1.3 miles
Cadillac Palace Theatre – 1.2 miles
Bank of America Theatre – 1 mile
Oriental Theatre – 0.8 miles
Goodman Theatre – 0.7 miles
With so many options on events & experiences to choose from in Chicago this winter, you’re travel schedule is sure to be packed. Enjoy, take it all in, & come back soon for more!