4 Things to Do in Chicago When the Weather gets Cold

October 15th, 2018 by

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Chicago is known for having plenty to do in the summer. With the multiple beaches, countless street fests, and variety of outdoor patios where you can enjoy a delicious meal or drink, summer in the city can’t be beat. Even so, Chicago doesn’t shut down when the season changes — and there are good things to do in Chicago winters. These are our four favorite things to in Chicago at The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside when the weather gets cold.

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Visit the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago museums are some of the best, in our opinion. Not only can you learn about art, science, and history, but they’re great places to spend a day when it’s chilly. We love to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. Be sure to say hello to the lions that guard the door as you enter. The Art Institute building was originally constructed in 1893 as part of the World’s Columbian Exposition, and today you can see paintings and art from Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and other famous artists.

Eat Chicago Pizza

If there’s one food that Chicago is known for its pizza (and hot dogs, of course). Many Chicago restaurants serve up delicious pizza, whether you prefer classic deep dish or thin crust. Some of the best Chicago pizza restaurants include Lou Malnati’s, Pequod’s, Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company, Giordano’s, and Gino’s East.

Find a Book at the Chicago Public Library

It’s a pleasure to curl up with a good book on a chilly day, so we like to make frequent visits to the Chicago Public Library. There are 80 branches of the Chicago library around the city, but the main location is the Harold Washington Library in the South Loop neighborhood. This library features a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as computers, laser cutters, 3D printers, music practice rooms, and a winter garden on the 9th floor. This room serves as a reading room or can be rented out for functions.

See a Broadway in Chicago Show

For a fun night out in the fall or winter or to celebrate the season, see what’s playing at Broadway in Chicago. This production company brings touring companies to the city and pre-Broadway productions that play at five theatres in the Chicago theatre district: the CIBC Theatre, the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Roosevelt University Auditorium Theatre, and the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. Some past highlights have included The Lion King, Spamalot, Book of Mormon, RENT, Chicago, and more.

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