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Things to do in Chicago in Winter

winter in chicago

Chicagoland winter gets an unfair bad rap. If you’re driving a NHTSA five-star safety-rated Volkswagen Atlas you can be confident you’ll be as safe as possible on the snowy roads from Chicago to LaGrange. Pack up your winter emergency car kit, just in case, and check out some fun things to do in Chicago in the winter!

Ice Skating 

Nothing says winter fun quite like the magic of ice skating with the backdrop of the Chicago skyline. 

  • McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park offers a perfect view of The Loop. The rink is open until March 8, and there’s no admission fee. Complimentary ice skating lessons are also available.
  • Located in Maggie Daley Park, the Skating Ribbon is an ice-covered path through the park that’s twice as long as a lap around a rink. Admission is free, and it’s open through the end of March.
  • The Chicago Park District offers many rinks throughout the city. 

Chicago Winter Pro Sports

One of our favorite Chicago winter activities is catching a game from one of the many professional sports teams in town:

Warm Up at Chicago’s Coziest Coffeehouses

When you need to stop and savor a warm beverage, Chicago has lots of cozy places for a little caffeine boost: 

Feast with Chicago’s Best Chefs 

Every Wednesday night from January through March, hit The Hideout for Soup and Bread, a selection of soups from some of the city’s best chefs. It’s a communal pay-what-you-want feast with the money going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Get Your VW Winter-Ready at The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside!

When you’re in Countryside and need some quick basic maintenance before your winter fun, visit Service Xpress at The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside. Contact our service center to get fully winterized. 

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