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Chicago in the winter with teens.

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Chicago in the winter with teens.

We are travelling to Chicago between Christmas and new year with two teenage boys (13 and 17). Bearing in mind the weather then, are there things anyone could recommend to do with them?

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1. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

You and your kids should cruise around www.explorechicago.org for ideas of what to see/do here. Without knowing your specific interests, it's difficult to offer suggestions.

www.chicagoreader.com and www.chicagomag.com for dining and entertainment information.

www.transitchicago.com for public transit information. CTA visitor fun passes might be a good option.

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2. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

That's a great starting point. Thank you very much.

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3. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

Look for some winter-specific activities - sledding in the suburbs, skiing near the Wisconsin border (nothing extreme) ice skating or cross country skiing right in the city, etc. Be aware that all of the local kids will be out of school, and many activities will be crowded. I'd highly recommend the Museum of Science and Industry for your boys, but get there as soon as it opens.

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4. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

You don't have to leave downtown to skate

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/eve…

Ice Skate on the 94th floor of the Hancock Building

jhochicago.com/en/…skatinginthesky

Museum of Science an dIndustry

Museum of Natural History

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5. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

i copied this link from a thread from a while back....

tripadvisor.com/…35786087

hope you can use some of my info to plan your trip, if you don't mind renting a car.... also, if our winter is a bust during your holiday, you could drive north to wisconsin or upper michigan for a few days... just check the weather to see if it's worth it.......

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6. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

Thats a great steer, thanks very much.

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7. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

Ice skating in Millennium Park really is fun. You can stroll over to Daley Plaza where they have the Kriskrinkelmart, an old-world Christmas market, and get hot cocoa, shop a little, listen to carolers and the general festive atmosphere. It is a lot of fun walking and wandering around, esp. by the river, where the views are gorgeous, esp. at night. We had a lot of fun doing this last Christmas with our teens, goofing around as we took photos.

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8. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

Excellent. Thank you.

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9. Re: Chicago in the winter with teens.

Navy Pier is always popular with teens and has an IMAX and several other indoor options.

The Christmas windows should still be up and going on State Street.

There is a Dave and Buster's just a bit northwest of downtown--an easy cab ride.

North Michigan Avenue is always an interesting walk.

Not sure if the Bears will be playing during your trip, but if they're football fans, that's an option. Not sure how difficult Blackhawks tickets are to come by, if they're hockey fans.

The Museum of Natural History and Shedd Aquarium are pretty close to downtown. Natural History is great for dinosaur fans. The Oceanarium part of the aquarium is entertaining.

The Sears tower is always a good bet.

Kicking around Millennium park is never boring, and as mentioned several times before, they do have skating and lots of family activities.

I bet they'd enjoy the Blue Man Group, if your budget would allow.

There are all sorts of interesting shops/restaurants in the Belmont area. It's sort of geared toward the skater/alternative crowd, but don't let that scare you...it's a hoot.

Lincoln Park Zoo is fun, and free.

Feel free to message me privately if you'd like to discuss any of the above in greater detail.

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