BEST Things to Do in Chicago in February, 2022 (From a Local!)

Wandering what to do in Chicago this February? Here are the best things to do in Chicago in February 2022 (from a local) – from fun outdoor winter activities to the best indoor attractions.

Things to Do in Chicago in February 2022

Ok I admit that February is not the best month to be in Chicago as it tends to be cold and snowy. However, if you are willing to brave winter in Chicago, there are still many fun things to do in Chicago during the month of February – both outdoors and indoors.

Outdoor Ice Skating

outdoor ice skating is one of the best things to do in Chicago in February 2022

There are many outdoor ice skating rinks located in Chicago for those willing to brave the cold temperatures.

One of the best and instaworthy places to go ice skating in downtown Chicago is the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink right in front of the Bean. 

Another picture perfect spot is the nearby skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park which has a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Maggie Daley Park is located next to Millennium Park, so you can also visit The Bean (a must on any Chicago bucket list) before or after ice skating.

READ: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago Open This Winter for more places to go ice skating in Chicago and the suburbs this February

Go Sledding

February has been a month with a lot of snow. There are several sledding hills found in parks and forest preserves in Chicago that are fun for kids or kids at heart!

Where: Various. See Best Sledding Hills in Chicago.

Cost:  Free

Outdoor Curling

Curling is a winter sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice or a lane towards a target. Two Chicago hotels have outdoor curling rinks on their rooftops.

Curling at The Gwen


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The Gwen Hotel, a luxury hotel, has custom-designed, an iceless Curling Rink on its outdoor rooftop terrace.

When:  See https://www.thegwenchicago.com/gwens-affairs/free-cocktails-anyone/ for times and to make a reservation.

Where: Upstairs at The Gwen, 521 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL, 60611

Cost:  Admission is $30 per person (for a minimum of 2 people), which includes a choice of one cocktail and 45 minutes of curling play time.

Curling at The Kennedy Rooftop
The Kennedy Rooftop, on top of the new Hyatt Place Wicker Park, also offers outdoor curling with amazing skyline views.

When:  See their website for times and to make a reservation.

Where: The Kennedy Rooftop at Hyatt Place Chicago / Wicker Park, 1551 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Cost:  $30 non-refundable deposit for 1 hour.

Have Drinks in an Igloo


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Having dinner and drinks in an outdoor igloo has been trendy for a few years but there are more igloos in Chicago this year now that indoor dining is suspended. Here are some of the best outdoor igloos in Chicago open this February (advance reservations are required).

Kennedy Rooftop: 1551 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Joy District: 112 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654
I|O at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: 127 West Huron Street, Chicago

Get Some Culture at The Field Museum

The Field Museum is a natural history museum in Chicago, Illinois, and is one of the largest such museums in the world. Inside the museum you will see Maximo, the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur that ever lived. (Click here to purchase an Early Access VIP Tour if you want to avoid crowds).

When: Open daily 9am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm)

Where: Chicago’s Museum Campus, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605 (detailed directions and parking information is available here)

Cost:  Prices vary. Click here to see prices and purchase tickets online in advance.

Enjoy the views from 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck


360 CHICAGO is another must see attraction. The observatory on the 94th floor of the former John Hancock Building has the best views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. The 360 Chicago observation deck is also home of TILT – Chicago’s highest thrill ride – an enclosed moving platform that literally tilts you out over Michigan Avenue from the 94th Floor.

Where: 875 North Michigan Avenue, 94th floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Cost:  $25 for adults, $15 youth.

Admire Famous Works of Art at The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States and is frequently found on lists of the top museums in the world. (Click here to buy a skip the line ticket if you want to avoid long lines).

When: Hours are Monday and Thursday–Sunday from 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. (10–11 a.m. for members). Closed on Tuesday–Wednesday. Must purchase tickets online in advance.

Where: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost:  $25 for adults, $19 for seniors, students and teens (14-17); members and children under 14 are always free. Visit their website to purchase tickets in advance.


Enjoy Tropical Temperatures Inside the Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning botanical conservatories in the US. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the Garfield Park Conservatory showcases thousands of plant species from around the world throughout eight indoor display gardens.  Visitors can enjoy the lush flora and tropical temperatures indoors on a cold February day.

Where: 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624

Hours: Wednesday 10am-8pm; Thursday – Sunday 10am-5pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday. Visitors are encouraged to make a reservation online in advance. Walk-ups are welcome if there is space available.

Cost: FREE (suggested donation)

Visit the Shedd Aquarium

Visit the Shedd Aquarium for unforgettable encounters with belugas and bluegills, stingrays and sturgeons.

When: Advance purchase of timed tickets is required.

Where: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 (detailed directions and parking information is available here)

Cost: Admission is $39.95 ($19.95 for Chicago residents) for adults; $29.95 ($14.95 for Chicago residents) for children (3–11)

Tip:  If you are visiting a few museums and indoor attractions, consider purchasing a Chicago CityPASS or Go Chicago Card to save money on entrance fees.


Hold and Feed a Bunny

Looking for a unique thing to do in Chicago? Visit the Cuddle Bunny in Chicago, where visitors can pet and feed bunnies.  Cuddle Bunny also hosts special events like yoga and story time.

When: Open daily from 10:00 am – 08:00 pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Activities and bunny interaction after 6pm are by reservation ONLY.

Where: Cuddle Bunny, 2901 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Cost:  Price varies.

READ: Best Indoor Things to Do in Chicago on a Cold Day for more indoor Chicago attractions.

February 2022 Events

In addition to the activities mentioned above, other February 2022 events include: Chicago Auto Show (February 12-21, 2022) and Cupid’s Undie Run (February 19, 2022).

As you can see there are many things to do in Chicago this February.

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