6 Fun Things to Do With Your Family in Chicago This February

February 03, 2017


Did we mention they're all 100% free?"

The shortest month of the year is upon us! Luckily, Chicago is packed with family-friendly activities, even in the middle of winter. Instead of hibernating this February, use these opportunities to get your family outdoors, enjoy art and music, and learn about other cultures. Plus, all of these activities are 100% free!

  1. Visit Chicago’s Chinatown on Sunday, February 5 to welcome the Lunar New Year with a parade at 1 p.m. See fireworks, the traditional dancing lion, dragon teams and local shops.
  2. Go ice skating in the park. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is free and open to the public until March 5 in Millennium Park (Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street). Skate rentals are available for $12.
  3. Learn about history, art and archaeology of the ancient Near East at the Oriental Museum. Walk around the campus and join the University of Chicago’s Department of Music for their Tea Time Concert Series and listen to a variety of musical genres. Free performances are hosted every Thursday featuring student, faculty and professional musicians from the Chicago area.
  4. Travel the world without leaving the city! Neighborhoods Around the World is an annual cultural event that starts on February 12 and ends on March 26. Walk around Navy Pier and take in the skyline before celebrating different cultures around the globe.
  5. Explore the outdoors at the Northerly Island Park during winter. On February 25, Polar Adventure Days takes place with many things to do and see. Making nature crafts, sipping hot cocoa and seeing Siberian huskies, wolves and other animals are just some of the activities that you can enjoy.
  6. Volunteer at your local YMCA because as Aesop said, “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”