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Beat the Cold With These 3 Indoor Chicago Adventures

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With winters spanning nine months of the year, Chicago knows how to do warm, cozy, and fun winter activities. You’ll find plenty of excitement around town on those days when you just don’t want to brave the cold. Here are some of Arc at Old Colony’s favorites.

Where Is the Best Hot Chocolate in Chi-Town?

Your first goal on a cold winter day should be to get your hands on a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Sipping on this seasonal beverage is a cherished tradition – and one that Chicago embraces. Your first stop should be the charming, cozy, and playful XO Marshmallow, which claims the distinction of being the world’s first marshmallow cafe. As you would expect, their hot chocolates are innovative and quirky. Look for their Lavender White Chocolate Hot Cocoa featuring lavender-infused marshmallows.

If you have any room left afterward, head over to Logan Square and drop by Katherine Anne Confections for their rich, decadent drinking chocolate. Their menu features a variety of chocolates, from milk to super dark, as well as a vegan option. And don’t miss their specials, like the Orange, Fennel, & Honey.

Where Can My Friends Gather for a Cozy Chicago Evening Out?

The Windy City is famous for welcoming rooftop bars offering the best views of the winter skyline – without the cold temperatures. Visit I/O Godfrey’s Winter Wonderland, a rooftop lounge delivering a restaurant experience you’ll never forget. Rent one of their clear-domed igloos with your friends and hang out in the warm shelter, enjoying unobscured views of the city. Sip on exceptional cocktails and tasty s’mores around the firepits, along with the festive, winter-inspired decor.

If you’re looking for something a little fancier, head over to The J. Parker, located above the Hotel Lincoln, for some of the best views and best hot toddies in the city.

How Can I Enjoy Chicago’s Nature Scene Without the Cold Weather?

When it's winter in Chicago, spending time in nature without having to bundle up means thinking outside the box. Head over to Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Victorian glass house, and enjoy the tropical flower displays in the dead of winter. You can make a day of it and visit the Garfield Park Conservatory next, where you’ll find several indoor garden rooms like the Palm House and the Fern Room.

The Arc at Old Colony’s South Loop location makes it effortless for you to enjoy the best of the Chicago winter scene. And its clean, modern interiors will make it a joy for you to come home to after your seasonal adventures.

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