We Chicagoans don’t see much of each other during the winter -- almost hidden under our parkas and scarves, with only our eyes peeking out. But despite the weather, there are plenty of indoor happenings in the city to keep us warm and going through the season. From flightless friends at the Shedd Aquarium, to stunning views from the top of the John Hancock Center, our city continues to buzz through the cold months.
- John Hancock Center: Shoot up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, our city’s No. 1 Building, according to Chicago Magazine. Warm up with some coffee at the café with the city’s vista as the backdrop. With this Local Deal, get 60% off an annual pass with admission for two.
- Penguin Encounter, Shedd Aquarium: Step into some rain boots and visit the friendly Magellanic penguins of South America. No coats needed here -- these guys come from temperate climates. The Shedd offers a 30-minute program where visitors go behind the scenes and meet with a trainer to interact directly with a waddling friend. There’s even a chance to pet this sleek bird, and take home a photo of your day. Visit the Wild Reef, mirrored after Philippine wildlife for some warmth.
- Maria Pinto Fashion Collection, Field Museum: Just minutes away from the Shedd, marvel at the fashion creations of Chicago designer Maria Pinto at the Field Museum. A crocodile skin vest and a translucent rain coat are just two of the pieces in this collection. Visitors can easily spend the day wandering the museum after the exhibit.
- Winter WonderFest, Navy Pier: Through Jan. 6, Navy Pier transforms into a holiday spectacle complete with an indoor ferris wheel, slides, rides and an indoor ice skating rink. Check out the bands on the stage, or decorate holiday cookies to take home.
- FliP Cooking School: Warm up over a plate of crepes of your own creation with this Local Deal for cooking class on West Fulton Market plus a BYOB brunch for $29, a savings of nearly 60%.
Check out these great hotel and Local Deals on our Chicago Destination page, and don’t forget your mittens.