Top Winter Activities in Chicago, IL

Cozy up at Hotel Chicago this winter and enjoy the magic of the season in the Windy City!

Our Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection hotel and its 354 rooms and suites provide the perfect perch in the heart of Chicago for enjoying wintertime pleasures, from ice skating to concert-going. Here are some ideas for your Hotel Chicago getaway!

Concerts, Theater, Sports, and More

Whether the weather outside is particularly frightful or not, winter’s the perfect season to take in some onstage (and on-court) entertainment.

The concert calendar is certainly packed to the gills, not least with holiday programming. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for example, is presenting its much-loved Merry, Merry Chicago show of classic holiday music December 15th through the 23rd, with Thomas Wilkins conducting and Broadway star Ashley Brown part of the proceedings. Sir Andrew Davis will conduct Handel’s Messiah December 21st through the 23rd, and then you’ve got the perfect way to mark 2024’s debut with CSO’s Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert on December 30th.

Or take in one of the Candlelight Concerts, which this winter range from a Holiday Special Featuring The Nutcracker & More on December 23rd at the Wicker Park Lutheran Church to A Tribute to Adele on January 18th at Stan Mansion.

Speaking of The Nutcracker, you’ve got a world-class version courtesy of the Joffrey Ballet going down through December 27th at the Lyric Opera House.

Your Autograph Collection accommodations at our hotel put you just a hop, skip, and a jump from the iconic Chicago Theatre, meanwhile, where you could catch everything from ‘Twas the Night Before…by Cirque du Soleil (December 10th through the 28th) to Hasan Minhaj’s Off With His Head tour (January 12th) or Randy Rainbow for President (January 27th).

Or take in the Bulls or Blackhawks on their home turf at the United Center, which, as usual, also has plenty of big-time performances on tap this winter, including Disney on Ice (January 25th through the 28th) and the one and only Madonna (February 1st and 2nd).

Other Indoor Attractions

What better season than winter for an afternoon at one of Chicago’s world-class museums, from the Field Museum of Natural History to the Art Institute of Chicago? The same goes for the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium.

Or head over to State Street, conveniently close to Hotel Chicago, and take advantage of some post-holiday shopping deals!

Outdoor Wintertime Fun

Your Hotel Chicago room or suite puts you close to fabulous ice skating—at Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, the ice rink at Navy Pier’s Light Up the Lake, or the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon, to name a few prominent examples—as well as sledding at Soldier Field.

Book Your Winter Escape to Chicago Today

Enjoy some of the finest Windy City accommodations here at Hotel Chicago, set in River North’s Marina City complex. Take advantage of our upscale hospitality and amazing location this winter!

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