Top 10 Things to Do This Winter

From hot chocolate and cozy fireplaces to skiing or ice-skating, discover Chicago's top 10 things to do before the spring thaw.

Updated: December 27, 2006

The Top 10

Galway Arms

2442 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

When snow wages terror on Chicago streets, there's no better place to be than inside this pub by the fire.

Mc Cormick Tribune Ice Rng Inc

55 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602

Free admission, cheap skate rental and a grand view of Michigan Avenue make this a fantastic date spot.


1327 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Craving hot chocolate? From a cinnamon-y Mexican version to creamy cocoa with whipped cream, this is a favorite sipping spot.


2943 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

There's nothing like a steaming bread bowl full of hot soup on a freezing winter day. Free tastes, too.

Ruby Room

1743 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Get your chakras cleansed through crystal readings, do yoga and beautify with an arcona facial at this offbeat spa.

Walker Bros Orig Pancake House

153 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091

No matter the weather, a line spills out the door at this Wilmette spot known for its warm baked apple pancakes.

The Drake Chicago Hotels

140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611

Grab the girls for afternoon tea and finger sandwiches at this posh Mag Mile hotel restaurant.

O M On The Range Yoga Studio

3759 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

You won't know it's 20 degrees outside inside this Ravenswood studio that specializes in hot Bikram yoga.

Green Mill

4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

Cold nights call for cool jazz in one of the snug booths at this Uptown institution.

Villa Olivia Ski Area

Route 20 and Naperville Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103

More Winter Favorites

Fireplace Inn

1448 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

Cork & Kerry

10614 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643