Chicago January 2023

Chicago January 2023 Events

Chicago January 2023 Events

Start off the New Year in Chicago

Average temperature low and high: 22° - 32°
Don't let the chilly temperatures of January stop you from having fun in Chicago. The Windy City is big on ice skating at one of several parks (including an indoor rink at Navy Pier) and lighting up the Morton Arboretum at night for a dazzling walk-through. If it gets too cold, there are many unique indoor activities, like enjoying a candlelight concert, visiting the Museum of Ice Cream, and exploring the Art Institute of Chicago. For an authentic winter experience, dine in one of Chicago's adorable outdoor igloos. New events are always being added, so check back here soon.

January Event Calendar

Cubs Convention

Cubs Convention

Winners or losers, one thing's for sure, Cub fans are die-hard fans. They're so die-hard that they host an annual 3-day convention that celebrates their beloved Cubs. The event will feature meet-and-greets and autograph signings with players, interactive exhibits, tons of vendors, special panels, and the popular Cubs Bingo night.

Tomorrow Never Knows Music Festival

Tomorrow Never Knows Music Festival

Since it was founded in 2002, locals and visitors have braved the Chicago cold for this music festival. Hosted at independent venues across the city, Tomorrow Never Knows is a celebration of the best rising local indie artists as well as national comedy and music acts. Multiple venues across Chicago will be hosting, including Metro, Schubas, and others.

Brick Fest Live

Brick Fest Live

Experiencing Brick Fest Live will be like visiting the LEGO Wonderland of your childhood dreams. On a cross-country tour that will stop in Chicago for two days, this event will feature LEGO exhibitions, live interactive stage shows, intricate and life-sized models, building activities and competitions, photo ops, exclusive and rare merchandise, and lots more. Tickets range from $19.99-$39.99; they can be purchased online. 

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Mac & Cheese Crawl-Chicago's Cheesiest Bar Crawl

Mac & Cheese Crawl-Chicago\'s Cheesiest Bar Crawl

What's better than a serving of mac & cheese to keep you warm during one of Chicago's coldest months? Seven servings while drinking and bar hopping during the Mac & Cheese Crawl. In addition to plates of cheesy goodness, tickets to the crawl will include specialty drinks, giveaways, and more.

Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

Raise money for struggling Chicago families by participating in the 2023 Chicago Polar Bear Plunge. After a quick jump into the icy waters, celebrate your achievement with food, drinks, raffles, and other entertainment on the shore. Sign up in advance here.

Chicago Events in January

Concerts

Theater & Headliners

Sports

Nightclubs

Things to do in Chicago

Things to Do in Chicago in January

Visit The Garfield Park Conservatory

Visit The Garfield Park Conservatory
Break up the grey monotony of January with a visit to the vibrant flowers in the Garfield Park Conservatory.  The contained area is significantly warmer than outside, and you have the opportunity to see beautiful plants from around the world and stunning statues.  It's a soothing afternoon before you venture back into the wind.

Enjoy A Cocktail In An Igloo

Enjoy A Cocktail In An Igloo
You don't have to miss seeing the stunning Chicago skyline at night just because of the cold.  Enjoy a few cocktails in igloos at the Kennedy Rooftop - it's outside cocktails without outside weather.  The clear igloos are completely heated so that you can stay comfortable and enjoy the night.