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Don't Miss the Best Winter Events & Things to Do in Chicago

The Windy City Gets Wintry with Something for Everyone

Winter brings more than holiday cheer to Chicago. The city is vibrant and filled with life—even during the cold months—as the Magnificent Mile lights up and locals and visitors alike flock to skating rinks and other winter attractions.

Some of the best things to do in Chicago during the winter are just a quick walk or "L" ride away from Kinzie Hotel. Browse our list—and check it twice—to find our favorite events and things to do this winter in Chicago! 

December 2016 Events

Winter WonderFest | Navy Pier

December 2, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Celebrating its 16th year at the iconic Navy Pier, Winter WonderFest boasts the "biggest and best indoor winter playground" with plenty of activities and things to do for everyone. The Chicago Blackhawk's ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, winter-tubing, and many other attractions and activities await at Winter WonderFest. Looking for something low-key? Winter Wonderfest also has plenty of holiday-themed booths, markets, and of course, a giant, sparkling Christmas Tree! 

Christkindlmarket | The Loop

Through December 24, 2016

The largest holiday outdoor market in Chicago and one of the most anticipated things to do in the winter, the Christkindlmarket is inspired by the tradition of German marketplaces of the 1500s, with all the iconic gifts and goods to match including beer steins, cuckoo clocks, handcrafted glassware, and plenty of souvenirs! 

Chicago Resolution Gala | Navy Pier

New Year's Eve 2017

The 5th annual Chicago Resolution Gala at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom is the place to be in Chicago to say goodbye to 2016 and ring in 2017 in style. Wipe the slate clean with a live DJ, food stations, and an epic fireworks display over Navy Pier.

January 2017 Events

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival | Lake View

January 5 - 15, 2017

Celebrating its 16th year of reverie, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is the perfect way to kick off 2017—with a laugh. The nation's largest sketch comedy fest, this 10-day event features writers, performers, and comedy troupes performing every hour, on the hour to heat up the Chicago winter with laughter. 

Cubs Convention | River North

January 13 - 15, 2017

The World Champion Chicago Cubs return to kick off the 2017 baseball season and defend their World Series title with the annual 2017 Cubs Convention, a chance for fans to meet and interact with players, coaches, broadcasters, and other die-hards. 

Ready to experience Chicago this winter? Plan your stay and book your getaway to the Kinzie Hotel, close to the best things to do during the winter!

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