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Talk of The Town: February 2019

Mark.Miles By
Mark Miles
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Winter Wonderland

Fight those winter blues! While we may be dreaming of warmer weather, winter in the city can still be a fun time. This month we’re exploring indoor activities for kids, date night ideas for adults, and a myriad of nearby ski slopes for the whole family.

Hit The Slopes | Explore The Great Indoors | Make Date Night Great Again


Hit The Slopes

Hoping for some fresh powder this month? Grab your skis and hit the slopes at one of these nearby destinations.

  1. Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports
    (40 minutes from Chicago)
    5750 Lakeside Dr, Lisle, IL
  2. Villa Olivia
    (1 hour from Chicago)
    1401 W Lake St, Bartlett, IL
  3. Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park
    (1 hour from Chicago)
    19-265 Western Ave, Algonquin, IL
  4. Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort
    (1.5 hours from Chicago)
    11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI
  5. Alpine Valley Ski Resort
    (2 hours from Chicago)
    W2501 County Rd D, Elkhorn, WI
  6. Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area
    (2 hours from Chicago)
    13421 Mann St, Jones, MI
  7. Bittersweet Ski Resort
    (2.5 hours from Chicago)
    600 River Rd, Otsego, MI
  8. Cascade Mountain
    (3 hours from Chicago)
    W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd,
    Portage, WI
  9. Devil’s Head Resort
    (3 hours from Chicago)
    S6330 Bluff Rd, Merrimac, WI
  10. Chestnut Mountain
    (3 hours from Chicago)
    8700 W Chestnut Mountain Rd, Galena, IL
  11. Sundown Mountain Resort
    (4 hours from Chicago)
    16991 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA
  12. Granite Peak
    (4.5 hours from Chicago)
    3605 N Mountain Rd, Wausau, WI
  13. Crystal Mountain
    (5 hours from Chicago)
    12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI



Explore The Great Indoors

Chicago winters are notoriously unpredictable, so having a solid plan can help keep the family from going stir crazy in the coldest of months. Looking for something to do? Check out some of our favorite indoor activities across the city and suburbs.

  • Take a walk on the wild side at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Check out Wild Sapling Play Forest and reach new heights at the Treetop Canopy Climbing Adventure, all while going nose to nose with some of the coolest river otters you’re sure to meet. 2001 N Clark St, Chicago
  • Named Chicagoland’s “Best Rainy Day Activity Site” by Chicago Magazine, the Exploritorium in Skokie is the perfect spot to spend a cold winter day. Travel through nearly two-and-a-half stories of tubes and tunnels or start a family band in their music room—this place has it all! 4701 Oakton St, Skokie
  • The ultimate indoor adventure park, Urban Air is so much more than just your run of the mill trampoline park. From go-karts to the indoor Sky Rider coaster, this fun-filled attraction has locations throughout the suburbs. Visit for more details.
  • Discover something new at Schaumburg’s LEGOLAND®. Scope out Chicago in miniature, build and test your very own LEGO® racer, or join in a Master Model Builder workshop all under one roof. 601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg
  • Grab a bite at Little Beans Café, located in Chicago and Evanston. Enjoy a full menu of delicious treats and Intelligentsia coffee while the kids enjoy Little Bean Village, a play space that will stretch your kid’s imagination on a blustery day. Visit for locations and hours.


Make Date Night Great Again

Just because there’s a winter chill doesn’t mean you can’t wow your date with an amazing night on the town.

Try a little friendly competition over a game of ping pong (AceBounce, 230 N Clark St, Chicago) or try your hand at a one-of-a-kind hybrid sport (WhirlyBall, 1825 W Webster Ave, Chicago). 

Recently minted the Beer Capitol of America, Chicago is home to the most breweries in the country. Sample a brew inspired by Latin flavors (Cruz Blanca,  904 W Randolph St) or indulge in some interesting pairings (Moody Tongue Brewing, 2136 S Peoria St). 

Transport yourself to a warmer climate at a tiki bar (Lost Lake, 3154 W Diversey Ave) or cozy up around the fireplace while sipping your favorite cold weather drink with the skyline as your backdrop (Cindy’s, 12 S Michigan Ave).

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