It’s February. If you’re still whining about the cold, then you’re not a real Chicagoan and its time for you to leave this city.
The travel season has died down, so plane tickets to Florida are about $100. Pawn that TV you’re spending your winter watching and go soak up some sun. See ya.
Anyone still here?
Here’s your plan for the next month.
Go see a movie
But not one at AMC or Regal. Be cool and hit up one of the city’s mid-run venues like The Logan Theater or the Brew & View at The Vic. It’s about half the price and they both sell booze so you don’t have to sneak in your own.
Free museum days
Yea, we have some of the highest tax rates in the country, but at least IL residents get free entry to most of the museums on even number days of months that end in “Y” or something like that. Not sure how it works, and it changes every few months. The most up to date lists are here and here.
Other cool, free stuff
Example: stop by one of the conservatories. The Garfield Park Conservatory or the Lincoln Park Conservatory is filled with palm trees and ferns, tropical plants, waterfalls. It’ll have you forgetting that it looks like Hoth outside and make you feel like you’re back on Endor.
Sign up for a gym
But don’t go to Xsport or Lifetime Fitness or any other chain for that matter. Those are all scams. Sign up for a real gym, it’ll be cheaper. Try finding a park district facility, YMCA, or your neighborhood gym. Generally, if there is an excessive amount of Arnold Schwarzenegger pictures on the wall and an extremely disproportionate dude-to-chick ratio, then you’re in the right place.
Alright, well that’s pretty much my go-to winter bucket list. Is there anything I’m missing? Post your suggestions below and I’ll throw ’em in here.