Looking for activities to do in Chicago during winter? With King-Bruwaert House only being 20 miles from the city, it’s the perfect escape for memorable experiences, especially this time of year. And the great thing is when you’re done having fun, a quick drive back to Burr Ridge paves the way for an easy return from the hustle and bustle of greater Chicago.

Winter is a magical time of year in Chicago. When lined with snow, the city sparkles above, and even with no snow, the crisp air sets the tone for refreshing moments in the Windy City. Take a look at our suggested list of fun winter activities in Chicago, IL.

Get a Bird’s-Eye View of Chicago

Tilt, a world-class attraction in 360 Chicago, is the city’s leading observation experience. It sits on the 94th floor of the building formerly known as the John Hancock Center, offering 1,000-foot-high panoramic views of awe-inspiring sights, such as Lake Michigan and the mighty Willis Tower. Skydeck Chicago is also located across downtown in the iconic Willis Tower. This 103rd-floor observation deck — 1,353 feet high — gives visitors a glass-enclosed view of downtown Chicago and beyond.

Visit Lincoln Park Zoo

If you’re an animal lover, Lincoln Park Zoo is the place the visit. Anchored in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park, this popular place is home to wildlife of all sorts, many of which love the cold weather so you can get some premium views. From polar bears, penguins, and snow monkeys playing outside in fenced-in pens to gorillas, baboons, and more warming up in their allocated areas, you’ll enjoy the sights. And if you need a break from the weather, grab a bite to eat or something warm to sip inside designated dining spaces.

Skate Downtown Chicago

When the temperature drops, there’s nothing like a night skating under the city lights. Better yet, put on your skates and head to downtown Chicago for some twirls and turns. At Millennium Park, you can find the famous McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink. This unique rink has you skating with the backdrop of Cloud Gate and Cultural Mile. Skating is free, and skate rentals are available!

Explore the Lakefront Trail

On the days when Chicago isn’t covered in snow but the temps are just nice enough to enjoy a cool scenic walk, trek the Lakefront Trail. This 18-mile, paved biking, walking, and jogging trail follows the Lake Michigan shoreline — a path that offers spectacular views of the city, along with nice waterfront options for indoor dining.

Visit the Lincoln Center

Dive into the arts and cultural scene with unforgettable events at the Lincoln Center, where you can experience opera, ballet, films, music, dance, and visual art. Home to 11 resident arts organizations, the 16.3-acre campus offers dazzling performances as well as community space that’s free to the public daily. Make sure to visit the Welcome Center featuring a coffee bar, visual artwork, exhibits, livestreams, and more.