Winter Wonderland: the Top 5 Ways to Play in the Snow in Chicago

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Most people hibernate through the winter months, grab a hot chocolate and cuddle up by the fire. Not you. You know winter is a special time of the year that can be even hotter than the summer months with unique snow-filled fun. So don your UGGS and cutest puffy jacket and prepare to get winterized.

1 Skating in the Sky

Ice skating 1,000 feet above ground isn't something that most people can say they've done, but the Hancock Observatory is now making it possible. Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive, visitors will have the experience of a lifetime — 94 floors above ground. Bonus: the Monday kids classes are taught by the Blackhawks themselves. We won’t judge if you borrow someone’s children for the day.

875 N. Michigan Ave., 94th Floor. 888.875.VIEW.

2 Ice Fishing with a Butler

Oh the Midwest. Enjoy the upscale comforts of a complimentary six-pack of Wisconsin beer, bottle of wine, or champagne in a fully furnished ice shanty. For inexperienced ice fishers or those who want the experience without all the work, guided services can be provided for up to 6 hours. The guide will provide assistance with equipment set-up, technique, line retrieval and fish cleaning.

Bella Vista Suites. 335 Wrigley Drive. Lake Geneva, WI 53147. 262.248.2100.

3 Snowmobiling Adventure

Want a sexy date? Snowmobile riders explore groomed north woods Wisco trails on state of the art snowmobiles. The tour begins mid morning, stops for lunch at a trail side pub and grub, then circles back to the ranch in the afternoon with an experienced trail guide with local knowledge and safety gear.

4 Step Out on the Snowshoes

Families can circle the 91 acre Northerly Island peninsula on their snowshoes or cross country skis scoping out winter birds, native animals, or the incredible skyline! Participants can also enjoy a good old fashioned snowball fight, build a snowman or two and take a break from the cold weather by warming up inside the field house.

1400 S. Lynn White Dr. 312.745.2910. Chicago Park District Website

5 Hop on the Ski Party Bus

Sponsored by Burton, Windy City Ski offers one day or weekend ski trips from basic round trip transportation to extensive group packages, lift tickets, rentals and beginner lessons to any mountain in the Midwest.

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