Well, it certainly is cold enough outside to go ice skating. With temperatures barely above 1 degree in the evenings, a night on the ice could be perfect if you are bundled up and have a cup of hot chocolate in hand.
Should you decide to brave the cold and take to the ice, check out our Guide to ice Skating in Chicago, which includes information on locations, dates, times, and admission fees to various rinks (indoors and outdoors) in Chicago.
Tip: The Lincoln Park Zoo has opened a new ice skating rink at its Farm-in-the-Zoo. Bring your own skates or rent them at the Farmhouse. Warm up in the Main Barn and enjoy refreshments for purchase. Lockers are available for rental. Ice rink at the zoo is open daily, $5 admission and $5 skate rental.
And while you are the zoo, be sure to check out the annual ZooLights. Each year the zoo decorates its grounds and trees with multi-colored lights and animal figures.
Discover December 2013 events in Chicago and things to do including the Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights, the city's annual Christkindlmarket and more. Did you know? New this year: Ice skating at the Lincoln Park Zoo!
Our December Events Guide includes information on Chicago December happenings and their dates, times and locations.
Highlights of things to do in December in Chicago include:
- Holiday Magic at the Brookfield Zoo
- Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza
- The Nutcracker play at the Auditorium Theatre.
Don't want to cook this year? No problem. Several restaurants are open in Chicago on Thanksgiving.
Choose from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, to holiday buffets, or restaurants offering a la carte items.
This Tuesday, November 26, is Chicago's 100th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The ceremony will include the official lighting of the tree in Daley Plaza, along with live singers, visits with Santa, and the opening of the Christkindlmarket.
For details on Chicago's Christmas tree lighting event, read our Guide to the Christmas Tree Ceremony, including location and times.
Here is a Guide to Chicago's Christkindlmarket, the largest open-air Christmas market in the city.
After the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, consider heading over to Millennium Park and go ice skating under the stars. The ice rink is open to 10 p.m. most days, except major holidays.
It's that time of year again - time to lace up your skates and take to the ice in Chicago.
Ice skating at Chicago's Millennium Park is now underway and will be open through March 9, 2014, weather permitting.
New this year at Millennium Park's outdoor ice rink are Winter Workouts. On select days, one hour before the rink opens to the public, free ice skating lessons will be offered as well as ice hockey drills.
Find out more about ice skating at Millennium Park, including information on the new Winter Workouts, with our Guide to Millennium Park Ice Skating.
Did you know you can ice skate inside Wrigley Field? And on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building? Find out where else ice skating is offered in Chicago.
Jazz lovers will be happy to know that the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, along with Grammy Award-winning Irvin Mayfield, will perform a concert titled From New Orleans to Chicago with Love" for one night only at The Chicago Theatre. Internationally-acclaimed Preservation Hall Jazz Band Allen Toussaint, Kurt Elling and American Idol alum Haley Reinhart will also perform alongside Mayfield.
The concert at The Chicago Theatre will take place at 8 p.m. on November 21, 2013. For details including ticket prices, read our story on the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra coming to Chicago.
More About the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Concert: Over 30 musicians from New Orleans will take the stage on November 21 in Chicago and almost all who will be performing will have traveled to Chicago from New Orleans via the train to commemorate the journey that jazz legends like Louis Armstrong and King Oliver originally took from New Orleans to Chicago. "These original journeys helped spread jazz music to Chicago and then eventually to the world and this concert is in celebration of that those legends and those two great cities," said Irvin Mayfield who will be performing at the event. (Also read: 10 Famous Jazz Singers and the History of Jazz)
Looking for something to do this weekend?
The Art Institute of Chicago has opened a new gallery exhibit called Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine.
This exhibition brings together over 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century, along with a selection of period cookbooks, menus, trade cards, and posters, to explore the art and culture of food and examine the many meanings and interpretations of eating in America.
As the Art Institute's website says: "Elegant arrangements of cookies or cakes, lavish and overflowing arrays of fruits, or the remnants of a gluttonous feast--depictions of food in art certainly convey a passion for culinary delights. Yet, still-life paintings of edibles also speak volumes about their cultural context. American artists have used food to both celebrate and critique their developing society; express ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, and commerce; and investigate American identity."
Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine will be on exhibit from Thursday, November 12, 2013 - Monday, January 27, 2014. The exhibit is located in the museum's Regenstein Hall.
To learn more about the Art Institute of Chicago, including location, days and times open, and admission fees, read our Guide to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Tip: From Tomato Soup Cake to Graham Elliot's Seafood Chowder and Tony and Cathy Mantuano's Turkey with Grappa and Gemolata, the Art Institute's online cookbook "celebrates Art and Appetite with over 50 recipes--both classic American dishes and innovative new offerings from Chicago's leading chefs."
With November here that means the start of holiday celebrations and events in Chicago.
A couple events to keep on your radar include:
- On Tuesday, November 26, the City of Chicago hosts the 100th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza featuring holiday singers and the lighting of the city's tree. The Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will also include performances by Darlene Love at 5 p.m. Darlene Love is best known for her work with Phil Spector in the 1960s and for the holiday favorite, "(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home," a song she has sung every year on the Late Show With David Letterman for nearly 30 years. Santa will also be on hand for pictures.
- Chicago's Christkindlmarket opens on Tuesday, November 26, and will be open daily through December 24. The market is the city's largest open-air Christmas festival and includes European arts and crafts, as well as brats, spiced wine and other German specialties.
- And don't forget about the annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving Day, November 28.
Happy Halloween Chicago About.com readers!
Just a reminder of the events happening today and tonight for Halloween.
- Head over to Navy Pier and check out The Fear Haunted House or get your face painted as a zombie at the pier's zombie face painting booth. Here is a list of all of the Halloween events at Navy Pier.
- There are also several other haunted houses going on tonight. Check out our list of haunted houses in and near Chicago.
And keep on your radar: Chicago's 100th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the annual McDonald's Thanksgiving parade.
Have some spooky fun at Chicago's Navy Pier this Halloween.
Several events will be happening this Thursday, October 31, to celebrate this ghoulish holiday. Events include:
- The Fear Haunted House
- Zombie Face Painting
- And more.
For a complete list of Halloween events at Navy Pier, including hours, locations and admission fees, read our Guide to Navy Pier's Halloween