Your Guide To Chicago In January

Everything You Need To Know For A Great Time During Your Stay in January 2017

••• Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell

Happy New Year!

With the holidays finally over, Chicago's getting back into its regular routine, which means that everything will be a little less hectic. That also means that if you're considering a weekend getaway in the city, you're likely to stumble across some incredible hotel and airfare deals.

For locals, January's great for a number of reasons. Highly anticipated theater openings, plus the annual Chicago Restaurant Week and Cubs and White Sox conventions should entice them to brave the cold for some fun.

Those looking to stay fit or get into shape may check out several boutique gyms around town.

We hope you enjoy your time in the city!

January Weather

  • Average High Temperature: 30°F (-1°C)
  • Average Low Temperature: 15°F (-9°C)
  • Average Precipitation: 1.8"
  • Average Snowfall: 10.99"

What To Wear

• Weather in January can get downright cold. Packing layers of clothing is definitely in order.

• We also recommend checking out Chicagoland shopping malls for additional apparel, including comfortable boots if you plan to walk a lot.

January Perks

• Guests may enjoy lower rates at revered hotel properties like Conrad Chicago, Soho House and W Chicago-Lakeshore.

• Chicago Restaurant Week runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 4 and offers prix-fixe deals on more than 300 dining destinations.

January Cons

• There is a chance of flight/travel problems if a snowstorm comes through; here's where to dine and drink if you get stranded at Midway or O'Hare airports.

• In addition to snow, extreme cold temperatures are expected throughout the month.

Top 5 Places To Stay In January

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. In its new life in the property that originally opened in 1890 as an exclusive men's club, CAAH operates as a lifestyle hotel catering to well-heeled men and women.

In addition to 241 guest rooms, the biggest draws are its dining and drinking establishments that attract locals as well as tourists such Milk Room, an eight-seat microbar offering pastries and coffee during the day and high-concept cocktails by night; Game Room, which houses two bocce courts, pool tables and table games; and Cherry Circle Room, an all-day restaurant that's cocktail focused. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-940-3552

Freehand Hotel Chicago. Located in a vintage building constructed in 1927, Freehand Chicago is a Miami import. The property, located in the bustling River North neighborhood, offers private and shared guest rooms. In addition to lodging, the hotel features Integral Cafe and eclectic, Polynesian-themed cocktail lounge The Broken Shaker. It's around the corner from ​Shops at North Bridge, which boasts 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and Nordstrom. 19 E. Ohio St., 312-940-3699

Longman & Eagle Inn. Some of the most nationally acclaimed eateries and cocktail lounges are located in hipster neighborhood of Logan Square, so if you don't want to spend most of your vacation dollars in taxi fare you can book one of the six rooms at this inn. Directly below the small, yet contemporary rooms is the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle restaurant.

For more dining and drinking choices, you should head over to the nearby Billy Sunday, Fat Rice, Lost Lake, Lula Cafe, Scofflaw, Webster's Wine Bar or Yusho. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-276-7110

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel. The historic luxury property has played host to a number of U.S. presidents, dignitaries, celebrities and other notables, including Katherine Hepburn and Al "Scarface" Capone. There are 328 guest rooms and four suites.The Spanish-inspired Mercat a la Planxa restaurant is on the lobby level. 636 S. Michigan Ave., 312-447-0955

Virgin Hotels Chicago. The world's first-ever Virgin hotel is located downtown, and positions itself to be a "lifestyle" experience with a handful of restaurants and drinking destinations. The property features dog-friendly chambers equipped with dog beds.

203 N. Wabash Ave., 855-946-6600

January Highlights/Events

Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier (through Dec. 2-Jan. 8)

Chicago Cubs Convention (Jan. 13-15)

Black Creativity at Museum of Science and Industry (late January through February)

SoxFest Chicago (Jan. 27-29)

Chicago Restaurant Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 9)

Ice Skating at Millennium Park (Nov. 18-March 5)