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January Events in Chicago

January’s wintry events make downtown an exciting place to rent apartments in Chicago, even during the snowiest part of the year. From indoor activities like movies and theater to winter wonderland-style events made to take advantage of Chicago’s winterscape, there is plenty to entertain you in the city come January!

Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest – The snow day event that was previously held in Grant Park moved this year to Navy Pier. For families with young children, take advantage of the last days of the Wonderfest on January 1st and 2nd! Kids can take advantage of simulated skiing and snowmobiling rides, a power-wheel mini-adventure track, an ice-skating rink, and obstacle and ropes course. Admission is free!

“The 3 Penny Was Here” Lincoln Hall Movie Night – One of Chicago’s premier live music venues will open its doors to host moviegoers on January 5th at 7pm. Grab a beer and enjoy a double feature tribute to the late Leslie Nielsen with the movies Airplane! and The Naked Gun. Admission is free, but stop by early and try the Hall’s great dinner options and cocktails.

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival – Sketchfest once again commences in January, lasting from the 6th to the 16th. At Studio 773 on Belmont, you can witness the Chicago tradition of live, improv comedy in some of Chicago’s best theaters. In the festival’s 10th year, 129 groups will perform 150 shows, including Sketch for Kids shows on Saturday afternoons with G-rated material. If the winter has you feeling blue, the Sketchfest is obviously a great way to get laughing!

“This Much Is True” at Hopleaf – On January 11th in Andersonville, step into the welcoming Hopleaf gastropub for a night of storytelling. Billed as “an intimate peek into writer’s lives, revealing the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered,” This Much Is True lets you enjoy the Hopleaf’s famous beer selection and live entertainment for the evening. The warm interior of the Hopleaf is a great place to spend a snowy evening and again, admission is free!

Whether you venture out or stay in, January in Chicago is filled with exciting events. With a downtown apartment in Lakeshore East as your home base, you can reach them all!