Winter in Chicago gets a bad rap. Sure the polar vortex has earned the city its new nickname, Chiberia. But there is much more to the city that is best experienced in the cold months. Check out 5 reasons to visit Chicago (and stay warm) this winter.
City of Chicago Christmas Tree
After the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the holiday spirit really comes to life in Chicago. Every year, Millennium Park is decorated with a larger-than-life Christmas tree, adorned with dazzling lights and topped with a star. The 55 foot tall blue spruce was carefully transferred from Elgin, IL and is on display this year until January 6, 2020.
A taste of Germany comes to Chicago every winter thanks to the Christkindlmarket. Located in Daley Plaza, visitors are free to ogle the thousands of ornaments, do a little Christmas shopping, or try one of the 70 food items on the menu. If the spectacular food isn’t reason enough to step out into the cold, they also have hot spiced wine known as glühwein.
Chicago Cultural Center
Looking for a free place to warm up from the cold and still marvel at a piece of Chicago history? The Tiffany dome in the Cultural Center is a can’t miss for architecture buffs. The Cultural Center also hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, from modern art to live music. For more information, see their complete list of events here.
La Colombe Coffee Roasters
This coffee chain has been gradually growing for the past 25 years. La Colombe is now featured in 7 cities across the U.S., which is great news for visitors who are already fans of the brand. Voted one of the top 5 cafes in the Gold Coast, it is located just a few blocks northwest of the Walton Residence. So step inside, grab some coffee, and warm up from the chill.
The Walton Residence
Who could forget the best reason of all to visit Chicago? The Walton Residence! Our luxurious apartments are perfect for an extended stay in Chicago during the winter. Our cozy rooms will keep you perfectly warm after a day of exploring the city. Plus our fireplace accommodations will make you feel right at home when celebrating Christmas. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay today!