How to Avoid the Winter Willies

It was a slow startup, but winter is officially here. Which means, snuggling up at home is always the better, easier option. But that’s not always the happiest one. The winter can be some depressing times for individuals who need to get out of the house in order to feel sane. So here’s your reminder to get out, and keep the winter willies from getting the best of you.

Keeping you cozy with warm festivities, here’s are eleven must-dos to avoid the winter willies!



Wine and Dine at These Heated Patios

Stella Barra Pizzeria
Photo Credit: Stella Barra Pizzeria

Eating out is always a good idea. Especially where there are heated patios.



Sit by the Fireplace at Your Favorite Bar

Tortoise Supper Club
Photo Credit: Tortoise Supper Club

If some booze doesn’t warm you up enough, these fireplaces sure will.



Sip on Hot Chocolate

Mindy's Hot Chocolate
Photo Credit: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate Instagram

And no, not those lousy hot chocolate packs at home. Get out the house and head here!



Or Indulge in Hot Cider

Petit Margeaux
Photo Credit: Petit Margeaux

Whether you like your hot cider, kiddish or drowning in booze, we got you.



Go Skiing

Moraine Hills State Park
Photo Credit: Moraine Hills State Park

Check out which places to go skiing here.



Dance the Cold Away

Slippery Slope
Photo Credit: Slippery Slope Instagram

These bars and clubs have coats checks.



Warm up at These Beer Events

Naperville Ale Festival
Photo Credit: Naperville Ale Festival Facebook

You can always depend on beer to bring people out of hibernation.


Ice skate at Millennium Park

Millennium Park
Photo Credit: Millennium Park

Check out available times here.


Or at The Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Photo Credit: Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

Time and cost available here.


Visit a Museum

Adler Planetarium
Photo Credit: Adler Planetarium Instagram

In fact, we have some free museums days available here.


Slurp up Some Steamy Ramen

Ramen Wasabi
Photo Credit: Ramen Wasabi

This is the surest, most delicious way to warm your insides. Check out the best ramen spots here!