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10 Things You Might Have Missed Last Week In Chicago: January 24

Elliot McGowan Elliot McGowan

10 Things You Might Have Missed Last Week In Chicago: January 24

In case you missed it! (ICYMI)

Secret Chicago wants to help you make the most of your free time and keep you informed! We’ll be putting out “Don’t miss” and “ICYMI” plans and news for you each week, so you’ll always catch an incredible event or story. Here are some of them that you may have missed over the last week.

1. You Can Now Drink At An Ice Bar Made From Over 40,000 Pounds Of Ice In The Heart Of West Loop

After huge success in 2021, PB&J’s owners, The McCahill brothers, are once again turning their West Loop watering hole into an icy paradise only this time they’re going bigger and better.

This year “PB&J on Ice” will feature an ice bar of over 40,000 pounds of ice and an array of spectacular ice sculptures including two ice thrones, a polar bear, an ice drink luge, and an ice beer stein.

Guests can enjoy the ice bar’s open-air experience every night from 5 pm to 10 pm until the bar melts!

More information can be found here.

2. Eagle Ridge’s Magical Nordic Carnival Weekend Is Returning Next Month

The annual Winter Carnival at Eagle Ridge’s Nordic Resort & Spa is returning in February offering a wonderful winter break from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.

Perfect for families and friends, the carnival features Swedish torches, ice carving stations, all-day bonfires, and much, much more. Surrounded by the stunning natural landscapes of Galena, the Nordic escape provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature while enjoying an array of exhilarating activities.

By day you can be sledding, skiing, skating, or ice fishing, and by night you’ll find yourself and your loved ones nestled around a cozy bonfire watching the prismatic hot air balloons light up the sky each night. But the glow of the astounding hot air balloons is far from the only magical event. Ice carving, s’mores making, ice turkey bowling, and Fire and Ice winter shows are also part of an exciting roster of events taking place at Eagle Ridge’s Nordic Center for this February’s Winter Carnival.

More information can be found here.

3. A Thrilling Projection-Mapping And Laser Light Experience Is Taking Over Chicago’s Medinah Temple

Lumen:essence is a mind-boggling 360-degree dome projection mapping and laser light spectacle, accompanied by some of the most iconic soundtracks of our time. Set to highlight various mural representations by Chicago’s most talented artists, the immersive experience literally shines a light on the city’s best.

Exhilarating light installations take you through a thrilling journey of sound and light, as fan-favorite tunes from Pink Floyd to Radiohead take over Chicago’s Medinah Temple. Lumen:essence is a truly invigorating experience that transports you to a space where music, gleam, and nostalgia reign.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

4. Exclusive Candlelight Valentine’s Concerts Are Coming To Chicago

There are few things that pull at the heartstrings with more power than live music in its purest form. Add to that the tender flicker of one hundred candles at the heart of stunning venues and you have an unrivaled recipe for romance.

The spellbinding Candlelight concert series returns this February with Romantic Valentine specials. Enjoy some of history’s greatest love songs played out masterfully in front of your eyes as the gentle flicker of flames dance around you and the strings soothe and swoon you.

Worry not, the candles are fireproof, so the only sparks flying will be the metaphorical sparks between you and that special someone.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

5. Chicago’s Field Museum Will Be Free For Illinois Residents Every Wednesday Of January & February

Chicago has one of the best collections of museums and attractions on the planet. Visiting all of them can get a little costly, especially if you’re taking the family. So it’s understandable why free admission days generate quite a lot of hype! Luckily for us, the wonderful variety of museums and attractions in the Windy City love to announce random free days throughout the year offering locals the chance to see some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wonders regularly, for absolutely zero cost.

One of the latest to do so is The Field Museum who will offer free admission every Wednesday of January AND February in 2022! From Wednesday, January 5th, Illinois residents can enter the popular natural history museum completely free. According to the Field Museum website, “tickets for Free Days are only available to Illinois residents onsite and cannot be reserved in advance. Please ask a Guest Relations staff member when you arrive at the museum and be ready to show your Illinois proof of residency.”

More information can be found here.

6. Shedd Aquarium Has Announced A $500 Million Renovation Plan Involving A 40-Foot Underwater Glass Tunnel

Tunnel rendering courtesy of Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium has announced a transformational ‘Centennial Commitment’. With the aquarium’s 100th anniversary in 2030, it is launching a $500 million 8 year project that will “prepare Shedd for the next 100 years, transforming the aquarium’s historic galleries, accelerating aquatic science and research, and equitably expanding access to nature for all.”

In addition to more immersive and science-rich galleries, improved facilities for the animals, a state-of-the-art Science Hub, and an expansive new experiential hub and curiosity incubator there will be four acres of new and reinvigorated green space around the building. The headline news for many, however, will likely be the installation of a 40-foot-long glass tunnel that will immerse visitors in the rich, bustling community of an expansive new Caribbean coral reef habitat.

More information can be found here.

7. An Extravagant New Mini-Golf Cocktail Bar Is Coming To Fulton Market

An exciting new mini-golf concept bar has announced its imminent arrival in Chicago. Puttery from Drive Shack Inc., was originally planned to come to Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood in 2020 but plans were scrapped and it will now instead take up residence on Randolph Restaurant Row later this year.

Dubbed an “immersive experience unlike any other”, the new mini-golf bar prides itself on its unique courses which are designed to be “a visceral, intricately detailed experience that transports guests to a wholly unexpected location.” The lavishly decorated courses seen in other Puttery locations range from rooftops to libraries and are unlike any other mini-golf courses we’ve seen in the Midwest. With an emphasis on its specialty cocktails and chef-driven menu, the new bar hopes to be recognized for its fine dining as much as it is for its competitive socializing and elegant putting courses.

Puttery will comprise two different uniquely themed mini-golf courses across two levels in addition to two indoor bars and a rooftop patio bar.

More information can be found here.

8. Snowtube Down Wilmot Mountain With Chicago’s Snow Tubing & Brewery Bus

While skiing and snowboarding are more challenging winter activities to learn, snow tubing has quickly become one of the fastest-growing recreational winter activities and it is easy to see why. All you have to do is grab a tube, have a seat, and let gravity be your friend.

Thanks to Sourced Adventures’ Chicago Snow Tubing & Brewery Bus, Chicagoans can now escape the downtown monotony and embrace the chill up at Wilmot Mountain with a 2-hour snow tubing session followed by a visit to a local brewery with dinner and round-trip transportation!

More information can be found here.

9. 7 Natural Wonders Of Illinois: The Most Amazing Natural Spectacles Near Chicago

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With so much going on in the city it can be nice to escape to the quiet of Illinois’ natural beauty especially with the winter wonderland now on offer. Though our state may not boast wonders with the universal magnitude of the Grand Canyon nor the grandiose reputation of Niagra Falls, Illinois is teeming with diverse ecological landscapes that transform into incredible winter wonderlands this time of the year. From monolithic marvels covered in snow to cascading waterfalls frozen in time, here are 7 natural wonders of Illinois that you can visit while they’re a different beast in winter:

  • Garden Of The Gods: Saline County
  • Wildcat Canyon In Starved Rock State Park: La Salle County
  • Cache River State Natural Area: Johnson County
  • Cave-In-Rock: Hardin County
  • The Pomona Natural Bridge: Jackson County
  • Cascade Falls In Matthiessen State Park: La Salle County
  • Bork Falls In Ferne Clyffe State Park: Johnson County

More information can be found here.

10. 10 Essential Chicago Bucket List Experiences For 2022

2021 will, like 2020, go down as one of the most turbulent years in recent history. It was another year plagued with negative superlatives, unprecedented events, and months of turmoil. At the same time, it was undoubtedly an eye-opening year for millions. It taught us about ourselves, what we cherish most, and the people and places we turn to in times of hardship. Most of all, it reminded us that we should never take our health and our freedom for granted.

Without dealing in clichés and overused proverbials like ‘life is short’ and ‘carpe diem’, the last two years have reminded us to make the most of every minute going forward. We spent enough time with our great city brought to its knees to realize that now we should enjoy it to its absolute maximum with the time afforded to us.

Whether you’re a seasoned local or a thrill-seeking visitor, here’s a list of the best ways to experience Chicago and the must-do activities around the city this year.

You can read the full list of essential Chicago bucket list experiences for 2022 here.

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