Chicago in January: Things to Do
Chicago’s Best January Events
Updated February 14, 2019
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January is a good time to welcome in the New Year with a Chicago Handshake, or take a shot from a Shotski. Other popular winter activities in Chicago include outdoor winter sports like ice skating and curling. For those who prefer to stay cozy indoors, there are also plenty of bars and restaurants with fireplaces to saddle up to.
National Bloody Mary Day – January 1
Following your New Year’s Eve celebrations, you’ll be on the hunt for Chicago’s best Bloody Mary.
National Drinking Straw Day – January 3
Drinking straws have been in the news lately, and were a voter referendum in the November 2018 election. Many Chicago bars and restaurants have opted for eco friendly straw options as a result.
January 7, Lego animation workshop, The Book Cellar
January 11 National Hot Toddy Day, Milk Day
January 15: Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 16: International Hot & Spicy Food Day
National Hot Buttered Rum Day – January 17
National Coffee Break Day – January 20
January 24th: Shelter Shiver fundraiser for ALIVE Rescue @North Ave Beach
Complimentary appetizers and juice / sodas will be served along with drink specials for all participants at the Joe's Bar after party.
National Beer Can Appreciation Day – January 24
National Irish Coffee Week – 4th week in January
National Chocolate Cake Day – January 27
January 29th: Urban Initiatives' 10th Anniversary Soccer Ball @Morgan Manufacturing
food stations, drinks, dancing, and an auction all to benefit Urban Initiatives' sports-based youth development programs