What to Do in Chicago During the Winter

What to Do in Chicago During the Winter

This winter, we’re embracing the holiday spirit here in Chicago with a plethora of events. For the kiddos, we have the Winter Wonderfest on Navy Pier, where they can play on the largest indoor winter playground in Chicago. The Christkindlmarket, the pride of Chicago, will be kicking off in November. And the Lincoln Zoo will be hosting its 25th Annual ZooLights celebration with a multitude of festivities. Find more details about each event below.


Winter Wonderfest 2018 at Navy Pier

Winter Wonderfest is one of Chicago’s largest indoor winter playgrounds, located at Navy Pier. Opening Friday, Nov 30, this month-long fest is perfect for families wanting to create fun and long-lasting memories at Navy Pier. This indoor wonderland features 170,000 square feet of carnival rides, an Indoor Ice Skating Rink and even a carousel. Tickets for this event will be available soon. General Admission (over 46 inches) costs $28 and for the kids (between 36 and 42 inches), a ticket costs $13. If your little one is under 36 inches they get in for free!


Hotel Near Navy Pier   

Chicago is at its busiest during the holiday season, so don’t wait too long to reserve your stay at a nearby hotel. And if you’re looking for a hotel near Navy Pier, search no further than the Majestic Hotel. Its comfortable charm and delightful atmosphere will make you feel right at home after a long day of winter play.


Christkindlmarket in Chicago  

The legendary Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the go-to place for a unique Christmas shopping experience. This outdoor market will begin Nov 16 and last until Dec 24. It’s opened daily Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Being the largest outdoor market that Chicago has to offer, it will be held on Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop. Shoppers can expect vendors to have classic German products like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and the popular beer steins. Vendors will have hand-blown glass ornaments, crafts and home goods too! You can also check out the live demonstrations to see how the vendors hand-craft their pieces. Foodies beware, irresistible treats and drinks will be all the rage. Try traditional German sausage, potato pancakes, Strudel and renowned German spiced wine!


Hotel Near Christkindlmarket

If you plan on shopping until dropping, make sure to stay at a nearby hotel like City Suites Hotel! This sleek boutique property is a great place to relax after a full weekend of holiday shopping at Christkindlmarket.


ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo   

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is the perfect winter wonderland to see twinkling lights in Chicago. The Lincoln Park Zoo will glow each night from Nov 23 to Jan 6. With the park being open 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the dark night sky will make the lights and decorations pop. Kids can take pictures with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole, and adults can enjoy warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials. On select dates, special events will take place, such as the Holiday Market. On Tuesday Nov 27, visitors can get some last-minute Christmas shopping done (purchase tickets here). Those that are 21+, can attend BrewLights on Dec 6 (purchase tickets here). Tickets will be sold each night of ZooLights starting Nov 23, from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., at ticket kiosks throughout the main zoo. Tickets only cost $3!


Hotel Near Lincoln Park Zoo   

With an entire weekend of holiday festivities ahead of you, it might be a good idea to find a hotel near ZooLights! Consider staying at the Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is right near Lincoln Park Zoo. Its amenities and great accommodations offer the perfect place to relax.


Counting down to the holidays? We are too! Come and visit us here in Chicago where the magic of the holiday season is in the air. And don’t forget to book your stay at one of our fantastic Chicago properties.



Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

Majestic Hotel
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499

City Suites Hotel
A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.