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Chicago in January 2012 - Annual Events Calendar

A Snowy, Cold Month in the City But Still Plenty of Fun Things to Do

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January Chicago Weather

Average High Temperature: 30°F (-1°C)
Average Low Temperature: 15°F (-9°C)
Average Precipitation: 1.8"
Average Snowfall: 10.99"

While Chicago slows down a bit with events and festivals in January, there are still plenty of things to do in the Windy City. Here's a selection of Chicago's best events this month. Check back often as new ones will be added.

Through January 8, 2012: Navy Pier's 2011 Winter Wonderfest - Navy Pier's winter festival includes a castle, ice skating, and holiday entertainment and runs December 2, 2011 - January 8, 2012. Tickets start at $15.

January 13 - 15, 2012: Chicago Cubs Convention - The official convention for Chicago's famous Chicago Cubs, giving fans a chance to get up close with some of their favorite players and broadcasters. (Bring a pen and paper for autographs.) Also, check out our Chicago Cubs Fan Guide.

Through January 17, 2012: Recycle Your Christmas Tree - Ready to take down your Christmas tree? The Chicago Park District is accepting trees at several locations throughout the city. Also, there will be some wood mulch available at the sites.

January 16, 2012: Martin Lurther King Day - The annual holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. The day will be celebrated with various volunteer projects throughout the city. Find out how you can volunteer through the MLK Day of Service. (Note: local government offices are closed, but museums, restaurants, and more will be open, including the Art Institute of Chicago.)

January 27 - 29, 2012: Chicago Snow Days - A free winter festival at Chicago's Navy Pier with a "snowboard rail jam," a snow sculpting competition, dog sled demonstrations, and more.

January 28, 2012: The Lakeview Polar Bear Club Plunge - Do something altruistic, and certainly memorable, by jumping into Lake Michigan with the Lakeview Polar Bear Club. All proceeds benefit a Chicago family. Registration is $20/per person through January 26, 2012 at 5 p.m.. and then the price is $30/per person. Plunge starts at noon at Oak Street Beach. Arrive by 11 a.m.

January 29, 2012: Chicago Chinese New Year Parade - This year, the Chinese New Year is celebrating the Year of the Dragon 4710. The annual parade goes through Chicago's Chinatown.

Through March, 2012: Millennium Park Ice Skating - Ice skating at Chicago's Millennium Park is one of Chicago's most popular winter activities with the rink's skyscraper views, festive music, and charm - the rink is outside along Michigan Avenue and is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Skate rentals are $10.

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