As the largest city in Illinois, Chicago offers plenty of activities for urban adventurers. With an average of more than 36 inches of snow each winter, indoor activities are quite sought after when the weather turns cold. The city obliges, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy Chicago movies, live stage shows, museums, eateries and shopping venues.
Arts and culture are very much a part of Chicago's fabric, and the city is dotted with stage theaters that host everything from Chicago dance to comedy shows. Those wishing to see one of the many shows can choose between the Lifeline Theatre on Glennwood Avenue, the Apollo Theater on North Lincoln, the Comedy Sportz Theatre on West Belmont or the Merle Reskin Theater at DePaul University.
Museums are plentiful in the city, highlighting everything from art to science. Popular museums include the Chicago Children's Museum on East Grand Avenue, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum of Natural History, both located on Lakeshore Drive, and the Art Institute of Chicago on South Michigan.
Chicago residents love to shop, based on the number of shopping malls located in the city. The Magnificent Mile is Chicago's version of New York City's Fifth Avenue, where high-end shops, small boutiques, restaurants and hotels court passersby. Away from the downtown area, popular malls include the Apparel Center and Merchandise Mart in the River North area, Water Tower Place, Woodfield Mall, one of the city's many outlet malls or the shops at 900 North Michigan.
Dinner and a movie is a good way to spend a cold winter evening, starting with a bite to eat at one of the city's newest restaurants, such as Goosefoot, Next or Taverina. Many Chicago movies can be seen at local theaters, such as the Chicago Theatre on North State Street, the AMC Loews on North Michigan Avenue or the AMC River East on East Illinois Street.
The Magnificent Mile is Chicago's version of New York City's Fifth Avenue, where high-end shops, small boutiques, restaurants and hotels court passersby.