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It’s the start of a brand new year—make a resolution to explore all that Chicago has to offer! Brave the snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures for these fun wintertime activities.

by Kerstin Adams, Manager of Marketing

Make New History

Explore the Chicago Architecture Biennial before it closes on Jan. 7! Don’t miss these must-see exhibitions at the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America.

Walk in a winter wonderland

See Chicago’s architectural treasures on CAF’s inviting indoor winter tours. Explore the alluring history of the country's oldest continually operating hotel on the Palmer House Hotel tour. Or see a lavish Tiffany vaulted ceiling and the Walnut Room during the Macy's on State: The Legacy of Marshall Field's tour.

Go museum hopping

On Jan. 15, many Chicago museums offer free general admission to Illinois residents in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Whether you’re a frequent visitor or haven’t been back in a while, take advantage of this special offer at the Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium.

Discover Chicago's best kept secret

Explore the fascinating “city below the city” on the Chicago Pedway tour. Get an insider’s perspective on the system’s history and design while snaking through the unique maze of ground-level walkways, “sky bridges” and underground passages.

Grab a bite to eat

Have some cake and eat it, too! From Jan. 26–Feb. 8, eat your heart out during Chicago Restaurant Week 2018. This annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch and dinner at restaurants across the city. Try somewhere new or return to your favorite spots—the city is your oyster!

Give back to your community

On Feb. 18, check out the 6th annual Chicago Volunteer Expo to learn how you can lend a helping hand at more than 85 nonprofit organizations across the city. From the environment and the arts to social justice and education, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. Or, learn more about inspiring people to discover why design matters as a CAF volunteer.

Design a skyscraper

On Feb. 24 and 25, explore engineering with the whole family through hands-on activities at CAF’s annual Engineering Fest. Join more than 1,500 visitors in learning more about Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers! This festival is the perfect opportunity for everyone to be an engineer for a day.