WINTER IS HERE, CHICAGO!
“I’m tired of winter already,” said the weatherman on ABC local news last night. Are you kidding me? Already? I mean, we’ve all probably said it at least once in the past two weeks, but from the weatherman? He sounded so hopeless, like “eh, we’re all doomed, forecast looks cold, and getting colder.” It is only the start of the third week of December, we need to pause, brace ourselves, and prepare for the long cold winter ahead.
Here are some tips to keep you warm and entertained this winter season:
Because of the weather, we’re often stuck indoors, but even though it’s cold, there’s plenty to still do. Out of ideas bored already? Check out some of the Tribune’s ideas of fun things to do this winter. Including riding the Holiday L, strolling the illuminated trees of the Morton Arboretum (my personal favorite), and several theatre shows, including a hip-hop interpretation of A Christmas Carol.
Don’t let the cold conquer you! Cover yourself up! Wear a coat, zip it, button it, put the hood up. Wrap your neck in a scarf and tuck it inside your coat. Always wear gloves or mittens—cover your hands from the dry cold air. Go for heavy-duty boots in the snow. –Think of Ralphie’s little brother Randy in A Christmas Story, all bundled up to go to school he can’t even put his arms down. If you’re properly dressed, there’s nothing you can’t do!
Hand-warmers are a great cheap way to keep your hands warm. Shake ‘em up and throw in the pockets of your coat, inside your gloves, even in the toes of your shoes. They last a few hours but only cost 99 cents for a pack of two, I bought ten and put them in my car, just so I have them. Hand-warmers are available all over—I’ve seen them near the cashier at 7-Eleven, Walgreens, CVS, Dominick’s, and Jewel.
During the winter months, there are few warmer, cozier places than a good bar and some good drinks with a few friends. Bars are dark, the heat’s usually turned up to high, full blast, just to properly heat the place. Settle in, keep your coat on for a while, knock a few back. Check out a few winter cocktails from Esquire.com that may help keep you warm this winter.