Light Up the Lake at Navy Pier is always popping this time of year, but the heated indoor alpine skating rink decked out with a twinkly curtain of lights is worth the trip alone. In addition to rink access, your ticket includes a ride on the legendary Ferris wheel, a visit with Santa (if he’s around), admission to the holiday beer garden, and a trip to the gift market. Another great perk? Navy Pier boasts some of the most Instagram-worthy waterfront panoramas in the city.
Cost: Tickets and skate rental prices vary (more information here)
Hours: Open daily; hours vary (check the calendar here)