Chicago January 2022

Chicago January 2022 Events

Chicago January 2022 Events

Start off the New Year in Chicago

Average temperature low and high: 22° - 32°
January is one of the windiest months in the windy city, and it's the coldest month. Expect wind speeds to average 14 miles per hour, lots of overcast, and about 3 hours of sunlight per day. With January coming after all the holiday madness of November and December, things in Chicago become a lot less hectic. Despite the bone-chilling temperatures and slightly quieter atmosphere, there's still lots to do and enjoy for a great visit.

January Event Calendar

Let It Shine

Let It Shine

The annual Let it Shine light show is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Hop in a car to see a drive-through display of over 1 million synchronized lights. There are two drive-through locations for this immersive experience in Illinois: Wintrust Field in Schaumburg, IL, and another at Northbrook Court in Northbrook, IL. One ticket per vehicle is required. Additional purchasing information will be available online. 

ZooLights

ZooLights

More than one million lights illuminate Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in one of the city's greatest holiday traditions. As guests take in the lights throughout the zoo, they can also visit animal exhibits that stay open into the night. Arts, crafts, and many more holiday-themed activities scatter the zoo in a unique and breathtaking setting. Zoolights runs from 4 to 10 p.m., beginning on November 19 through January 2, with some days off in between. Tickets can be purchased online. They are free on Monday and Tuesdays and just $5 Wednesday through Sunday.

Sketch Comedy Festival

Sketch Comedy Festival

If you're in Chicago, a city sometimes called the comedy capital of the world, you should make a stop at the Sketch Comedy Festival. Founded in 2002 with just 5 local comedians, this event has grown into one of the largest comedy events in the world. Over 10 days, there will be 180+ shows with over 1000 performers. 

Boozin' In Your Onesie Bar Crawl

Boozin\' In Your Onesie Bar Crawl

January is a cold month in Chicago, but who wants to let the cold weather stop the fun from going on? Luckily, on two separate dates, there's a way to hop around to some of the coolest bars in the Chicago area, all while still bundled in your comfiest onesie. Crawl admission tickets start at $14.99 and range to $29.99, prices depend on availability. The fee includes waved door charges, up to 50% off of drinks, up to 25% off of select foods, themed drinks, top DJs at the selected bars, on-site staff guiding the crawl, and more. A digital bar map will be sent to attendees the week of the fest. More info and tickets can be found online.

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. Advance ticket prices start at $29.

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 2022 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.

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Sat, Jan 01 at Beauty Bar GRRRL POWER!
Sun, Jan 02 at Beauty Bar Soundtrack of Your Life : EMO vs…
Thu, Jan 06 at Beauty Bar Timehop Thursdays
Sat, Jan 08 at Beauty Bar Y2K : Millenium Dance Party
Sun, Jan 09 at Beauty Bar Soundtrack of Your Life : EMO vs…
Thu, Jan 13 at Beauty Bar Timehop Thursdays
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.