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The holiday season is coming to a close, the weather is turning bitter cold, but luckily for us downtown is full of winter activities so we can enjoy our city rather than hibernate through the snow. Here is a list of 5 of our favorite winter activities.

Image by DigitalArt 1. Ice-skating continues at Millennium Park from 12:00–8:00 p.m. through mid-March.

2. Now is the time to start dreaming about your favorite meal and making reservations; Restaurant Week is February 17–26

3. When the grey days start getting you down find some sunshine and flowers at the, always free, but still in need, Garfield Park Conservatory. Please remember they suffered a tremendous amount of damage during the June 30 hail storm, so please consider a donation during your visit.

Image by Salvatore Vuono 4. Remember Snowpacolypse? Anytime we have three inches of snow you can enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing just across Michigan Avenue in Northerly Island State Park. Equipment is for rent on select weekends through the end of February. Contact the park district for details.

5. With Museum Campus as a cornerstone of the South Loop Neighborhood we have every reason in the world to take advantage of free days offered by the various institutions. The free days for January and February 2012 are posted as, but not limited to the following list. Contact your favorite museum to confirm.

Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Adler Planetarium: January: 9-12, 17, 18, 23-26, 31. February: 1,
6-9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29.
Art Institute: First and second Wednesdays of every month.
Field Museum: Not yet posted.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Every Tuesday.
Museum of Science and Industry: January: 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31. February: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Shedd Aquarium: Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays in January and Mondays and Tuesdays in February.

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