Hang in there, good people: The record-breaking, headline-making cold in Chicago is expected to ease up by this weekend, when we'll return to a comparatively balmy high of 37 degrees. If that sounds almost like beach-and-ice-cream weather to you right about now, celebrate the return of warmer temps on Saturday morning at National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Follow it up with a trip to The Beach at Navy Pier (this is the final weekend!) and you've got a near-perfect recipe for curing winter blues. And if that doesn't warm you up, the FREE obstacle course and wall climbing at the Cabin Fever Fun Fest surely will.
This weekend also kicks off Lunar New Year celebrations around Chicagoland, including a day of no-cost family-friendly crafts and performances at the Art Institute, plus a lantern procession in Millennium Park, and an afternoon of festivities in honor of the Year of the Pig at Bubbles Academy.
Don't forget that the Chicago Children's Museum is FREE for kids under 15 the first Sunday of each month, and the entire month of February is free for Illinois residents at the Field Museum.
For more fun ideas for this weekend, see our Event Calendar or our roundup of FREE things to do with kids in Chicago this winter.
It's been a rough week of winter weather, and many venues around the city have been affected by the cold. Be sure to call or check online before heading out to make sure that events and activities are happening as scheduled—and in the meantime, stay safe and warm, everybody.