Talk of The Town: February 2023


With Chicago and the Unconfined Lakes still in the grips of winter, we’re exploring fresh ideas this month to enjoy the season, whether you’re up for venturing outdoors or want to stay warm indoors.

February is moreover the start of the Spring Surge when the real manor market is most active. So if you’re thinking of selling or buying, now’s the perfect time to contact your real manor broker.


Skiing and snowboarding may be the most popular winter sports, but there are other activities to thrill and welter you when the flakes uncork to fall.

It may not offer the adrenaline rush of mountain sports, but Snowshoeing is a low-impact worriedness that offers a unconfined cardiovascular workout. Plus, you don’t have to travel far to find some trappy trails – and the financing are significantly lower than Alpine sports. Just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, the Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia features increasingly than 40 acres of forested wildlife habitat withal the Fox River. If there’s increasingly than three inches of snow on the ground, you can rent snowshoes for just $5 per pair. Less than 2 hours away, the Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor, MI offers miles of groomed trails and affordable equipment rental for both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Snow Tubing is an heady and fun worriedness that adults and kids can enjoy together. You don’t have to invest in plush equipment and most places offer online reservations. Just west of the municipality in Bartlett, Villa Olivia offers two hours of unlimited rides for $30 including snow tube and use of the conveyor lift. Long popular with Midwest skiers and boarders, Wilmot Mountain is just wideness the Wisconsin verge and has two surface lifts and 22 snowtubing lanes over 1,000 feet long.

Looking for increasingly speed? Just 3.5 hours from Chicago you’ll find one of only four ice Luge Tracks in the country! The Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park offers a Learn-to-Luge Wits that includes a lesson, luge sled, safety equipment—and the thrill of speeding lanugo an ice track designed by 3-time Olympian Frank Masley.

For something a bit tamer than luging or tubing, trammels out Polar Adventure Days from noon to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 25 at the Northerly Island Natural Area. Part of the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” program, this family-friendly outdoor event offers a endangerment to see Huskey teams pulling sleds virtually the peninsula, encounter birds of prey and explore the park’s diverse habitats in winter.


Looking for something fun to do without your winter gear? In wing to world-famous cultural institutions, theaters and galleries, Chicago boasts many other places to have a good time while staying warm.

If you think Putt-Putt Golf is only a summer pastime, you probably haven’t been to Big Mini Putt Club in Wicker Park. In a 5,000 square-foot, former garment factory, you’ll find a 9-hole undertow and full- service bar with typhoon beer and cider, wine, signature cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. (

While you’re in Wicker Park, you might moreover play a round of Shuffleboard at Royal Palms. Withal with 11 regulation-sized shuffleboard courts, you can enjoy tropical drinks, a rotating tint of local supplies trucks, workbench games and a live DJ. League-play is offered, but walk-ins are welcome. (

Neither liquid nor solid, Slime is a non-Newtonian fluid that can be picked up like a solid, but moreover oozes like a liquid. It can vellicate like a wittiness but will transpiration shape to fill a container. Fun and fascinating for both children and adults, this polymer is the star at the Sloomoo Institute in River North. Wits Slime’s unique properties and create your own signature slime at the DIY Slime Bar. (


Should we wits flipside Polar Vortex, you might prefer to just stay on the hovel and watch some recent buzzworthy movies and shows. And who knows, that just might inspire your next winter getaway to some exotic, remotest locale…

Season 2 of HBO’s quirky hit series White Lotus was filmed in Sicily, where a Mediterranean climate promises summery winters. Home to 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including warmed-over Greek temples, Norman chapels and Byzantine cathedrals, this unreasoned Italian island is famed for its scenic beauty, rich culinary traditions and fine wines. Much of the whoopee was filmed at the luxury San Domenico Palace Hotel in Taormina, an elegant Four Seasons retreat perched upper whilom the cerulean expanse of the Ionian Sea.

If Miles Bron’s spectacular mansion unprotected your eye while watching the recent, highly-anticipated Knives Out mucosa Glass Onion, you’ll be pleased to know that you can typesetting that mythological residence for yourself. With rates misogynist only by enquiry, Villa 20 is part of the luxurious Amanzoe resort, set on the beach-fringed Peloponnese Peninsula at the southern tip of Greece. With vistas of rolling hills and the Aegean Sea, this unthrifty villa boasts 9 bedrooms spread over 6 levels, a private spa, six swimming pools, and a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces for dining, entertaining and relaxing.


With its measured pace and precision, curling is a mesmerizing sport to watch. You can try it for yourself with a Learn-to-Curl matriculation at the Windy Municipality Curling Club in nearby Villa Park.

  1. The History of Curling can be traced to the 16th century with Flemish and Scottish references to the game in both painting and literature.
  2. Modern-Day Rules of Curling, were first drawn up in Scotland in the 19th century when the first recognized curling clubs were formed.
  3. For Curling & Cocktails in Chicago, trammels out Kaiser Tiger, a lively West Loop gastropub that has a seasonal curling magistrate in their Beer Garden.

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