DECEMBER 2017 – Like the rest of the year, Chicago comes alive during winter. We’re tough Midwestern folks and a little cold won’t keep us inside — especially when you have kids who get a little stir crazy. Thankfully there are plenty of things you can do — from ice skating to sledding to heading out of town to go skiing in Michigan or Galena, Ill. And more! Check out some fun ways to bring the family together in Chicago this winter.
What: Lincoln Park Zoo gets dolled up with dozens of displays holding thousands of lights and it’s truly a fun, festive way to spend an evening at the zoo during the holiday season. Stroll through the zoo to see musical light shows, a carousel, train, Ferris wheel and so much more.
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo
When: Dec. 8-23, 26-31; Jan 1-7. 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Park at Wrigley
What: Even though the Cubs are off for the season, events take place at the Park at Wrigley all year. Swing by for the North Side’s own Christkindlmarket, visit Santa’s workshops (Fridays through Sundays until Christmas Eve), skate at the rink at Wrigley, take a wreath-making class and more.
When: Through Dec. 31
Cost: Free to enter
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
What: The 17th annual festival continues to delight families through activities including a forest of 500 trees decorated with 25,000 glittering lights; a Blackhawks ice rink; the Polar Extreme obstacle course; a climbing wall; bounce house, carousel and more at this 170,000 square foot indoor space.
Where: Navy Pier
When: Through Jan. 7
Cost: $13 to $28 depending on age and height (kids under 36 inches are free); admission fee includes a ride on the Centennial Wheel