It’s time to finally say goodbye to 2022, and welcome in 2023.
And so, another year has drawn to a close and we start off the year anew with more normalcy than we’ve had for quite some time. Despite the arrival of the Midwest’s merciless winter Chicago is alive and kicking and there’s so much going on.
From immersive exhibitions and captivating concerts to new bars and spectacular speakeasy experiences, here’s a roundup of some amazing things to do this January in Chicago whether you’re a long-time local or an enthusiastic tourist.
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There’s no better way to glide into 2023 than with some winter skating. Though Chicagoland has a wide range of ice rinks offering wonderful skating experiences during the winter months, there are none quite like the Maggie Daley Park ice rink.
One of Chicago’s best winter-time activities, the Maggie Daley ice rinks offers an “alpine in the city” experience skating down a quarter-mile rink in the heart of Chicago. The winding ribbon of ice curves up and down around a 40-foot climbing wall with the city’s stunning skyline in the backdrop.
Ok, we know this isn’t strictly Chicago. However, heading out to the quiet of Illinois’ natural beauty is a great January adventure and the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Windy City to reconnect with nature.
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
For an even more prolonged experience in nature. Getaway House is a chain of tiny cabin hideaways helping people in big, bustling cities like Chicago, DC, LA and NYC, disconnect from their busy city lives with restorative stays in the middle of nature.
One of the aforementioned spots, Starved Rock State Park, has just opened a selection of minimalistic cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing guests to wake up fully immersed in the wilderness. Located in lush landscapes and with minimalistic yet comfortable designs, they offer the perfect escape for those wanting to disconnect from busy city lives with restorative stays in the middle of nature.
If you’re the outdoorsy type who likes a thrill you might be the type who would be interested in testing your skydiving skills in one of Chicago’s state-of-the-art indoor skydiving centers. With an iFly Indoor Skydiving Center in Lincoln Park and another iFly Indoor Skydiving Center in Rosemont, there are two conveniently located cutting-edge centers to choose from.
Kids and adults can both experience the same sensation you’d get 12,000 feet up in the sky and if you feel you have what it takes, you can test your vertigo above Chicago’s iconic skyline at Skydive Chicago, one of the world’s largest skydiving resorts.
With the turn of the year following the chaos of Christmas, there’s never been a better time to relax and reset. Add to that Chicago’s unforgiving frostiness and you’ve got to take your well-being into consideration during these hostile months. Especially if you’re spending time outdoors exploring nature or doing extreme sports. Luckily Chicago is full of answers to combat both the Christmas chaos and the numbing chill that settles into your bones.
There is simply no better place in Chicago for some rest and relaxation than AIRE’s Ancient Baths located inside a restored historic River West factory. Inspired by the traditional Roman, Greek, and Ottoman ancient experience of bathing, this preserved structure has been restored to its original splendor and you can now find optimum relaxation within the exposed brick, wooden beams, and industrial columns of the building.
There are, however, an array of idyllic spas and bathhouses in Chicago all offering medicine for mind, body, and soul.
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