If you think there’s nothing to do in Chicago between New Year’s Eve and the Superbowl, you’re not paying attention! The fact is, there are a lot of inexpensive ways to enjoy some family fun during the month of January. Here are some of the special events happening around Chicago!

PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest – Navy Pier – through January 10. Not ready to say goodbye to the holidays? Keep the cheer going with Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier! Enjoy dozens of indoor amusement rides and attractions, plus indoor ice skating, all while surrounded by seasonal décor. The weekends get crowded – get there early!

Home Building and Remodeling Expo – Lake County Fairgrounds – January 16 & 17. A great way to get inspired about home ownership and all the puttering around you can do! See hundreds of exhibitors, and soak up information at 3 demonstration stages. Learn remodeling tips from expert installers and builders. Enjoy live entertainment, food, activities and discounts on all products and services. Take advantage of the free drawings and promotions while you’re there!

Illinois Free Days at the Museum of Science and Industry – weekdays only, through January. Basic museum entry is free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residency! Note, the Omnimax films, Coal Mine exhibit and U-505 onboard tours require separate admission. Plan ahead – see the Museum of Science and Industry website for details on Ticket Prices on Illinois Free Days and Parking.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Free Admissions – January 18. In honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., several Chicago museums and attractions are offering free admission to Illinois residents with valid I.D. Participating institutions include:

  • Adler Planetarium
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Brookfield Zoo

Please see the website of each institution for admission details, and for information about special MLK Day observances.

Chicago Restaurant Week – January 22 through February 4. Restaurant Week features over 250 participating restaurants offering palate-pleasing cuisine. You name it, it’s here: Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai, American favorites and more! Feast at neighborhood favorites and explore trendy downtown eateries. There are special fixed-price, multi-course meals offered at participating restaurants across Chicago and the suburbs. One catch: make your reservations in advance! See the Chicago Restaurant Week website for all the juicy details!

Ideal Home Show – Navy Pier – January 29-31. The Ideal Home Show brings you inspiration and do-it-yourself tips from Chicago’s home improvement experts. See special guests from HGTV, and learn about the hottest trends for the home and yard.

Starting Point Realty – Home Buying Guidance for Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs!

There’s always something to do in Chicagoland! Whether you prefer Chicago’s vibrant, urban pulse, or the hometown atmosphere of the Northwest suburbs, our area is a great place to live. If you’re thinking of buying a home in 2016, turn to the home buying experts at Starting Point Realty! Join us at our next free home buying seminar and learn all about the home buying process. There is no obligation and no pressure – just good information!

Contact us for real estate guidance in Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs!

Ryan Gable Broker/CEO Starting Point Realty

 Phone: 847.348.1154
Email: RyanGable@startingpointrealty.com
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