8. Visit the Indoor Gardens
Visit one of Chicago’s free-access indoor gardens to get out of the cold and warm up a little. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a public attraction located in historic Lincoln Park that features multiple rooms packed with lots of exotic plants and flowers.
Another option would be to step out of the cold into the Garfield Park Conservatory, which hits all the senses — in the most exquisite way. Cacti stand sentry, flowers perfume the humid air, and a waterfall cascades into a lagoon.
Paths will get you through 2 acres of indoor gardens, including a room that will transport you back in time — think swamps, rocks, and ferns. It’s a beautiful (and warm) place to get lost.