Best of January: 18 Top Things To Do In Chicago With Kids

Photo courtesy of the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival
Photo courtesy of the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival

2022 brought the coldest Chistmas in recent memory, but that means kids can look forward to a variety of frozen winter things to do in Chicago in January 2023 as days get longer. Start off with one of the handful of light shows still hanging around after the holidays, like Illumination at the Morton Arboretum (it's been extended to January 7), or Winter Lights at Central Park in Oak Brook. Move on to some cold weather nature activities, including Polar Adventure Days on Northerly Island or Snow Trekking in the nature sancturary at Burnham Park. Puppets are also taking over Chicago at the Chopin Theater's Icicle Picnic and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

The end of winter break and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day provide long weekend opportunities for families to take one of our favorite winter day trips from Chicago. We also have lists for the best places to skate, snow tube, and sled. Check out our Winter Fun Guide for even more ideas of what to do if it gets cold or snowy,

Here are our best ideas for things to do in January in Chicago with kids.


Places featured in this article:

The Morton Arboretum

Elk Grove Village Public Library

Bittersweet Ski and Snowboard Resort

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa

Sunburst Winter Sports Park

Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area

Snowstar Winter Sports Park
Elmhurst Art Museum Mini Art Show
Elmhurst Art Museum - various times Pick
Free Days at the Field Museum
Field Museum - 9:00 AM
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Community Playgroup
Irish American Heritage Center - 10:00 AM
Rewired Pizza Cafe Family Fun Night
Rewired Pizza Cafe - 4:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides