Willowbrook Ice Arena Public Skate
Fridays from 7:15 – 8:45 PM and Sundays from 1:30-3 PM
For ice skating that isn’t dependent on the weather, head to the Willowbrook Ice Arena to learn new skating skills or sharpen up old ones! All ages can enjoy this public skating opportunity for a low cost through February. Dates and times are subject to change; check the website for the most up-to-date information.
Snow Tubing at Mount Hoy
Open through February on weekends and school holidays.
The Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville has over 1300 acres of natural beauty, making it one of the most spectacular spots for winter activities in the Chicagoland area. Once there’s enough snow on the ground (usually at least 3 inches), Mount Hoy opens for an 800-foot slide down the hill. Inner tube rentals are available for $10/day.
Burns Field Ice Rink in Hinsdale
The Village of Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department offers access to a temporary ice rink in Burns Field Park, located at 320 N. Vine St. Be aware of signs at the park and other media updates to know whether or not the rink is open. Be safe, and have fun!
“Fiddler on the Roof” at the Drury Lane Theatre
January 24 – March 24
Enter the village of Anatevka, where Tevye, a milkman, lives with his wife and five strong-willed daughters. With the help of his tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of political and social change in Czarist Russia. This classic musical was honored with nine Tony Awards during its initial Broadway run, including “Best Musical.” Showtimes vary by date.
Winter Fest Lake Geneva
January 24 – February 4
Visit Lake Geneva, and the City of Lake Geneva proudly presents the 29th Annual Winterfest, featuring the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship. This is the only national snow sculpting championship in the United States and features the top sculpting teams nationwide. Admission to this event is free.
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Chef Fest
February 1 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace
Come out to support Elmhurst Hospital Memorial Foundation with Chef Fest, a fundraising event featuring a variety of signature menu items produced by chefs from prominent local restaurants, bakeries, and caterers. Proceeds from Chef Fest support future service enhancements to ensure Elmhurst Hospital maintains its commitment to delivering state-of-the-art healthcare to the community.
Downers Grove Ice Fest
February 2 – February 4
Enjoy live ice carving demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday at the Main Street Train Station. Enjoy all the creative ice sculptures lining the sidewalks of downtown Downers Grove, and make sure to stop in your favorite boutiques and restaurants.
Westmont Park District’s Winter
February 17 from
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Don’t let the cold stop you from grabbing a cold one! At the 2024 Winter Beer Festival, participants will receive 20 four-ounce pours of various craft beer selections. The event will also have heated and lighted tents, bonfires, outdoor seating, and food trucks.
The 57th Annual Elmhurst University Jazz Festival
February 22 – February 25
This is a musical extravaganza you don’t want to miss. Elmhurst University calls this annual festival “a special happening: a rare blend of educational enrichment and exciting entertainment.” The event will be both in person at Hammerschimdt Chapel at Elmhurst University, but it also will be available online to stream.