I live in Chicago Suburbs for the last 6 years. Chicago is a remarkable city which has tremendous sights and world-class cuisine. But it has that horrible windy winter. Nonetheless, I decided I am going to visit Chicago during last few days of 2017. The wind-chill was hovering around -20F to -30F for the days I was there. So you can imagine my plight in the morning I visited the Bean, at 6 a.m. But I was rewarded with solitude which is almost unheard of around Bean.
I was staying at the ACME Hotel. Although it was less than a mile to Bean I decided to get an Uber and headed towards Bean. I was shocked to see only one more person at the sight. Because of the deadly wind chill, it made sense. I was bundled up, even then I swear my bones were making sounds. But it was such a surreal experience to see the bean alone. It was probably my 5th time visiting, and every single time I remember seeing zillion people taking selfies. I clicked as many photos as I could before a swarm of tourists filled the area surrounding the bean.
There are few things which come to life in winter. Chicago Zoolights is one such event. It happens in Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo itself is pretty good and is FREE to visit. In the evenings, during winter time, they put up myriad lightnings to the trees which makes the entire zoo glow. I heard so much about it but never had a chance to visit it, until 2017. And it is free to visit itself. If you want to partake in various kids activities, you have to purchase wristbands. One thing I did not know- you get a remarkable view of Chicago downtown from the zoo. I hope one of the below pictures would entice you to visit the zoolights in the coming years.