Chicago In The Winter, What To Do

February 16, 2022

Now is the time to collect yourself, put into action some self-care, and make time for family and friends. The one thing that can throw a wrench into your plans is living on a college student’s budget. Here are a few activities you can enjoy during the cold, snowy Chicago days that won’t break the bank.  


“Garfield Park Conservatory”

FREE.  One of the greatest things about this conservatory is that it is close to Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). There is a suggested donation, but if you are low on funds then it could be a free attraction. The hustle and bustle of the season can be overwhelming, but you can take a break from all of your holiday shopping and stop in to see the winter foliage. The Serenity Winter Flower Show is going on now through Jan. 9, 2022.


“Maggie Daley Park” 

If for some reason you haven’t visited Maggie Daley Park, block off some time and go out to the park and practice your skating. The park has partnered with the “Immersive van Gogh” exhibit so you could be gliding under works of art the likes of “Starry Night”.  


“Art on theMART”

Take a slow, leisurely stroll along the River Walk and take in the beautiful display on the side of the Merchandise Mart. For thirty minutes you will be treated to music and art. The students of the After Schools Matters program collaborated on this wonderful display.


There are so many other opportunities available to you, yes even during cold Chicago days. Check out the library and see if any of the museum passes are available. The passes give you and some guests free entry to the museum. You have to have a Chicago Public Library card to check the passes out. I suggest the National Mexican Museum of Art. It is free and there are also places to shop and to enjoy a taste of some of the local cuisines. Make sure to check if reservations are needed before your visit to ensure you will be able to enjoy the activity.  Bring your mask, hand sanitizer, ID, valid proof of vaccination,  and be sure to practice social distancing. 

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