Winter

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Winter Exercise For The Whole Family

Come this time during a Chicago winter–when spring isn’t yet close enough to taste and winter is in full swing with its cold temperatures and gusty winds–everyone in the house feels like it’s time to get moving. Here are some classes that will move your muscles beyond what it takes to shift positions on the couch.

02/23/2012

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 26th, 2011: Hundreds of people congregate in Millennium Park for the winter to enjoy a family night of ice skating.  The ice rink is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March with weather permitting.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Free & Cheap Winter Break Activities In Chicago

You could spend a small fortune going to a movie or sending the kids to day camp, but we’ve compiled a list of free, inexpensive and exciting activities to take you through the weekend. Be sure to double check the website for what’s included. You may still need to pay for special activities or parking. So pack up the kids and pack a lunch and have a great winter break.

02/17/2012

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Drink Of The Month: Big Star’s Champurrado

You’ve been to Big Star for awesome tacos and other Mexican dishes, now swing by the Wicker Park joint for champurrado, a warming chocolate drink. CBSChicago.com recently caught up with Justin Large, chef de cuisine at Big Star, to learn how to make the drink at home.

02/15/2012

Thursday Weather

This Winter Is Illinois’ Sixth Warmest So Far

Some slightly colder air should be moving into Chicago for the weekend, but, for the most part, this has been one of Illinois’ warmest winters ever.

CBS Chicago–02/07/2012

Winter can be particularly harsh on your skin. (CBS)

How To Help Your Skin Fend Off The Harshness Of Winter

In winter, low humidity outdoors combined with dry indoor heat robs skin of moisture. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist offers some tips to beat the season.

02/03/2012

A city plow clears a residential street. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

So Far, City Has Spared The Salt This Winter

City officials say they have been been able to get by with spreading much less salt on streets this winter than last thanks to milder temperatures and less snow.

01/31/2012

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Dog Sled Demos: Chicago’s Snow Fun In The Wintertime

If this winter is anything like the snowbound, blizzard bonanza we’ve had in year’s past, we may all need to travel by Siberian Husky powered dog sleds before spring! Our family has had four huskies/husky mixes over the years and they are wonderful family dogs. There’s something to be said for curling up by the fire with a pack of big, furry dogs, to keep warm on those three-dog nights.

01/28/2012

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Chicago Snow Totals

Here are snowfall totals, reported to the National Weather Service, at 4 p.m. on January 20, 2012.

01/20/2012

An Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow sits idle in a state garage ahead of the winter season. (Credit: CBS)

IDOT: Seasonal Snow Plow Drivers Not Going To Waste

There hasn’t been much snow on Illinois roads this winter, but the state has a whole lot of snow plows and has been paying hundreds of seasonal plow drivers thousands of dollars a month.

CBS 2–01/10/2012

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Winter Veggies For The Whole Family

When we want to avoid dinnertime battles with the kids and still serve up the most nutritious vegetables readily and affordably available during these winter months in Chicago, we turn to the following tried and true recipes. Read on with an open mind and you might be surprised by what the little ones (and you!) will love!

01/10/2012

One hardware store is not moving the ice scrapers and snow shovels. (CBS)

Snow Shovels, Ice Scrapers Stay On Shelves With Winter’s Mild Beginning

Residents may be enjoying the mild weather so far this winter, but it’s not so nice for some businesses. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.

01/09/2012

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Top Three Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks In Chicago

‘Tis the season for ice skating. Chicago’s winter is here to stay. Well, for a few long months anyway, so get out and enjoy it. There are a plethora of outdoor rinks (10 to be exact) within the city limits, open November 28th-February 28th. Here are the three best!

12/31/2011

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Best Winter Bars

Brrrr. It’s getting colder out there, and the trek to the whiskey cabinet is a lot closer than your local watering hole. But most people make a crummy Manhattan, and drinking it under blankets with slippers can only happen so many times in a row before cabin fever hits. If you want to have some fun without freezing your buns, check out these very literal winter hot spots.

12/28/2011

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Fashion Picks For New Year’s Eve

If you are like me, you are racking your brain about what to don for New Year’s Eve. One of the biggest nights of holiday fashion is of course New Year’s Eve. You can celebrate this night in the most casual of intimate affairs to the most dashingly dapper social events!

12/27/2011

Temperatures were near 50 degrees in some parts of the Chicago area on Dec. 26, 2011, bringing plenty of joggers, cyclists and even fishermen to the lakefront to enjoy the unusually warm winter weather. (Credit: CBS)

Old Man Winter Must Have Hit The Snooze Button

It’s the day after Christmas, but it seems like someone forgot to tell Old Man Winter, because neither snow nor temperatures see to be falling. He must have hit the snooze button when winter officially started a few days ago, because the weather has been more like autumn.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2011

Chicago Snow Plow

Streets And San All Ready For Snow, Whenever It Comes

City officials want Chicagoans to know they are ready for snow, even if the snow isn’t yet ready to fall.

CBS Chicago–12/22/2011

Dense fog obscures views of the Aqua skyscraper in downtown Chicago on July 19, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Thick Soup Of Fog Hovers Over Morning Commute

Winter officially begins later Wednesday, but the Chicago area has a thick soup of fog in lieu of the usual snow and bitter winds.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2011

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How To Stay Chic In The Snow

I have personally spent years figuring out ways to stay fashionable in the snow and slush and I would like to share my following finds and recommendations!

12/20/2011

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2011 Could Become Wettest Year On Record

We could have had a lot of snow Wednesday, but we had all-day rain showers instead, making what is already the third wettest year in Chicago on record a little wetter still.

CBS Chicago–12/15/2011

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An Interview With Rockit Bar & Grill: Rockit During The Holidays

Rockit Bar & Grill, one of my favorite stomping grounds, has this holiday tradition down. I caught up with Josh Hauer, General Manager and Operating Partner at both Rockit Bar & Grill locations (River North and Wrigleyville) to chat about how Rockit celebrates the holidays…

12/15/2011

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