By Lauren Wulf

Cabin fever got you down? Get out and enjoy some of the best winter happenings Chicago has to offer. From sleepovers at the zoo to hockey at Soldier Field, here’s a round up of 5 things to do in the city this season.

Sleep Under The Skyscrapers

Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

When: January 18, 2013 – 6 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Grab your nighttime gear for a sleepover at Lincoln Park Zoo! This indoor overnight adventure begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to explore the nightlife of the zoo’s residents. You’ll also hear stories from zoo experts and end with a movie and bedtime snack.

You can choose to attend just the evening activities or stay for the entire program and sleep over at the zoo.

Admission: $70 – For families with children ages 5 – 12, Includes dinner and continental breakfast



Snow Days At Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s Gateway Park
When: January 25- 27, 2013

Friday: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Vote for your favorite professional sculpture! Snow Days Chicago visitors select the winner of the People’s Choice.

• Snow Sculpting Competitions
• 15 Professional teams from the US and around the
• Snow Painting and Kids Activities
• 12 teams of Chicago Public Schools high school students
• NEW! Interactive Snowboarding Experience
• Sculptures illuminated by a festive light display every evening
• Live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage
• And much more!

Admission: Free



Restaurant Week

Chicago, IL
When: February 1–10, 2013

Chicago Restaurant Week is a citywide culinary celebration featuring more than 250 restaurants throughout the Chicago area. The 10-day dining event runs February 1–10 and features prix fixed menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).

Chicago is a world-class dining destination and this is your chance to enjoy amazing meals for an amazing price.

Browse the list of participating restaurants at, check out their special menu offerings and reserve your table!

Admission: prices vary by restaurant



Hockey City Classic

Soldier Field 

1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
When: February 17, 2013
Teams playing: Notre Dame V Miami, OH Minnesota V. Wisconsin

Outdoor college ice hockey is coming to Soldier Field for the very first time! This one-of-a-kind doubleheader will feature four of the nation’s premier men’s college ice hockey programs: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin and Notre Dame vs. Miami. The puck drops Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at noon CT when Notre Dame faces off against Miami University, followed immediately by Minnesota vs. Wisconsin at approximately 3:30 p.m. CT.

Free Ice Skating

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
When: Now- March 17, 2013

Enjoy free ice skating daily, weather permitting, on a 16,000 square foot rink in beautiful Millennium Park.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12 – 8 p.m.
 Friday: 12 – 10 p.m.
 Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
 Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.