Winter in the Chicagoland area can be both beautiful and brutal. The city can often be seen blanketed in a sheet of white that offers a picturesque view from a cozy highrise. However pretty the winter scenes may be, we all get a bit of cabin fever as we endure the winter months. Here at Napleton's Elgin Kia, we have put together a guide of some incredibly fun things to do in Chicago in the winter. Read more below and be sure to contact us with some of your favorites, we would love to add to our list!


Ice Skating in Millenium Park

Ice skating in Millennium Park is one of the most exhilarating things to do in Chicagoland. You can take in unique views of the city's architecture while getting some fresh air that can be hard to come by during the winter for most of the Chicagoland population. You can enjoy free admission if you have your own skates, skating lessons, fun DJ nights, and much more. See a different side of the city when you ice skate in Millennium Park. 

Lincoln Park ZooLights Festival

Every year, holiday enthusiasts travel from across the Chicagoland map to see the Lincoln Park ZooLights Festival. Whether you are walking up the block or making the drive from Saint Charles, the experience is well worth it. With over 2.5 million lights and 200 animals, ZooLights will thrill visitors with spectacular winter scenes.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Take time to reflect on the past year and the familiar traditions that the holiday season can bring at The Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit at The Museum of Science and Industry. This is certainly one of the best things to do in Chicago in the winter as it offers a chance to step away from the hustle and bustle of shopping and gain a new perspective. 

You won't regret taking the short drive from either Schaumburg or Streamwood to experience this special event. If you are passing through our area this holiday season, be sure to consult our Elgin guide to take advantage of our local knowledge. 

Visit Macy's on State Street

Visiting Macy's on State Street is a true Chicagoland holiday tradition. You can enjoy the festive themed windows as you circle the historic shopping center. Dining in the Walnut Room is a special treat as you will be seated by a spectacular towering Christmas tree that lights up the room. Macy's offers fun for the whole family as the kids will love visiting Santaland to present their Christmas lists to Santa. 

Learn the Best Things To Do in Chicago in the Winter With Napleton's Elgin Kia

Whether you are spending your Holiday season in Crystal Lake, Bartlett, or you are in town visiting, Napleton's Elgin Kia is here to guide you to the best things to do in Chicagoland. Our staff is proud to call Chicagoland home and can offer great suggestions for holiday fun. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by our dealership with any area questions or view our list of things to do in Elgin to explore the best of our proud Chicagoland city. From restaurants to fun winter activities, there's no shortage of things to do!