Winter break is coming up which means there’s a lot of free time to go out and take advantage of what the city has to offer. You can play in the snow, visit outdoor Christmas markets, check out Christmas exhibits and light displays. Chicago College Life wanted to give everyone a few places to go to the make the most out of your well deserved time off from school!
Do you like ice skating? The most popular ice rink is the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink located at Millennium Park. Entering the rink is free, but skates cost $10 if you don’t have your own pair. There are plenty of other places in Chicagoland that offer outdoor fun. Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier is also a good choice to look into. There is also free skating here and because of the locations of these rinks, Depaul, Loyola, and UIC students should have a fairly easy time getting there.
Are you one of those few people who like being outside in the cold? If so, you should head on out to Villa Olivia Country Club in Bartlett, IL. In the winter, this country club offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and more. These events are held every day, weather permitting. Prices range from $29-$39, for individual adults but you can also bring your friends along and take advantage of group prices. Also, for the people who can’t ski or snowboard, there are lessons for you at a reasonable price.
Maybe you’re the artsy type who likes going to museums and look at fancy exhibits about the holidays? The Art Institute of Chicago has different holiday themed activities that are perfect to experience during your time off from school. You and some friends can build your own gingerbread houses or eat and enjoy holiday sweets.
If you’re looking for something more visually appealing, visit the Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Light exhibits. These exhibits feature culturally unique and decorated trees from more than 50 countries from around the world. So not only will you enjoy the holiday essence, but you might even gain a history lesson on why Christmas is celebrated differently around the world. There’s even ethnic dancing and singing throughout the season. Everything is included with general admission and there are even student and group discounts available.
Would you like to do some holiday shopping outside of the mall or the Magnificent Mile? The Lincoln Square Christkindlmarket offers traditional German food, drinks, music, and decorations for people of all ages to enjoy. There are a bunch of vendors selling everything from German beer (for the 21 and up crowd) to schnitzel and baked goods. While there, you can listen to various choirs from around Chicagoland. You can buy winter accessories such as gloves, hats, and scarves. Event organizers also look for volunteers to help them put this event together so if you’re willing to help out, this will be a great opportunity to volunteer while still having a good time during the holiday season.
It’s important as college students to remember to have fun and that there is a life outside of school. Hopefully, everyone can enjoy themselves, get into the holiday spirit, and relax so you can have a fresh start for next semester. If you want to find more activities, visit The Chicago Traveler’s website to find more. Happy Holidays from CCL.