Top 5 Winter Activities in Chicago CheapOair Staff December 11, 2013 Chicago An average of three to four feet of snow blankets;Chicago every year, so the Windy City has mastered how to have fun with winter weather. Book your cheap tickets to Chicago and see what America’s third largest city has in store for the cold months ahead. Whether you like the brisk outdoors or prefer to burrow indoors, Chicago provides a variety of fun outlets for all ages and interests. Ice Skate By the Bean C’mon—you have to try this, even if you’ve never laced up ice skates before (I skate, and it’s fun). The rink at Millennium Park is now open, so rent some skates, grab a friend’s hand and take a twirl or two on the ice. It’s a great way to get a little exercise, plus you’re skating right by one of the city’s masterpiece sculptures, “Cloud Gate” or what is more affectionately referred to as “the Bean.” Designed by Anish Kapoor and opened in 2006, the Bean has become one of the city’s hottest tourist attractions. Take in one of the best views of the Bean by gliding across the rink. Winter Wonderfest on the Pier Now until January 12, the Navy Pier is hosting Winter Wonderfest, with tons of; twinkling lights and winter decor that sparkle against Lake Michigan. Year-round Navy Pier is a carnival, an arcade of shops and restaurants, and a favorite lakefront spot for locals and tourists. If you’re in Chicago for New Year’s Eve, there’s the New Year’s gala held in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom followed by midnight fireworks over the lake. You won’t get a prettier, more spectacular view of 2014’s arrival anywhere else. Enjoy A Bird’s Eye View Forget lines at the Sears Tower. Head to the John Hancock Observatory, and soak in the sky-high vistas, from the city of Chicago below to the stretch of Lake Michigan ahead, and, on a really clear day, possible views of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. If you’re traveling with kids, Santa Claus is keeping warm up in the Observatory before he fires up the sleigh on December 24, and he’s willing to pose for selfies for good little girls and boys. Forget Deep Dish Pizza There’s far more to the Chicago food scene than the classic deep dish pizza, which requires a knife, fork, and a lot of patience—in my opinion, having grown accustomed to eat-on-the go New York City slices. A favorite Chicago dining spot that’s gained nationwide praise is Chicago Diner, one of the country’s first all-vegetarian diners that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. I ate there earlier this year and it’s delish! Whether you’re a die-hard carnivore or a true-blue vegan, Chicago Diner’s healthy comfort food hits the spot. You won’t taste better sweet potato fries, lentil-mushroom loaf or barbecue or burgers anywhere else. This place converts people because it’s that good. Step Back in Time Chicago’s contribution to American music; is indelible, and Reggie’s Rock Club is a brick-and-mortar valentine to all kinds of music. Located on South State Street, Reggie’s includes a huge vintage record store, a club featuring local talent, and a bar and grill. Reggie’s is a great place to cocoon on a winter’s day. Enjoy live music, greasy food, and find some really unique and classic records, as well as old issues of rock -n- roll magazines. Looking for Eartha Kitt’s 1953 classic “Santa Baby?” Reggie’s might have that. For more information about visiting Chicago, go to http://www.choosechicago.com/. Ready to book your flight to Chicago? Check out;CheapOair today!