Bundle Up, Baby! How to Pack for a Chicago Winter Vacay
Chicago is breathtaking in the winter. Skyscrapers are decked out for the holidays and couples snuggle close while skating on the city’s outdoor ice rinks. Snow sparkles in the lazy winter sun. It’s a beautiful sight, but you might not be so happy tonight in this winter wonderland if you under-pack socks and warm sweaters.
Plush bathrobes, warm luxury comforters and individual temperature controls ensure your room at The Talbott Hotel will stay toasty day and night. We also have an onsite restaurant, 20 East, and meeting rooms so you never need to leave. Of course, no matter how inviting our boutique hotel is, you’ll likely want to venture out to go ice skating in Millennium Park, shop Michigan Avenue or see dinosaurs at The Field Museum. That’s why we’ve provided this handy packing guide to help you stay warm while visiting Chicago.
A Solid Base
Comfortable footwear is one of the most crucial items to pack when traveling to the Windy City. It’s not just about wind. In snowy months, you’ll need all-weather boots to keep your feet dry. Make sure they’re waterproof (or at least water resistant), or you’re likely to end up with soggy socks five minutes after hitting the streets. Unless your daily style includes cute combat boots, clunky shoes won’t cut it for your whole vacay.
Bring one pair of closed-toed flats and pumps (or a pair of comfortable dress shoes, for men) if you’re venturing beyond bars and sports stadiums. If you’re wearing boots all day, opt for comfortable fashion boots that work well with your outfit. Most museums, restaurants and shops don’t have a boot tray by the front door, so you’ll be keeping them on while inside.
Bring the Basics
December through February are the coldest months in the Windy City, with highs averaging 31-35°F. There’s plenty of snow on the ground – around 35 inches a year, though the 2013-2014 winter season saw a whopping 82 inches! A good wool or thermal insulated coat is a must-have for visiting Chicago. While residents of this fashionable city tend towards trendy buttoned trench styles, you’ll see plenty of visitors packed into puffy down-filled coats the size of comforters. The key here is warmth and mobility. If you’re toasty and comfortable in your outerwear, it’s a win. Other clothing items to pack include:
Accessorize and Prioritize
You probably can’t fit everything in your suitcases, unless you don’t mind paying to fly a few extra bags. Prioritize the accessories you will need most: a warm scarf and hat, gloves, an umbrella in case of precipitation. Limit yourself to one or two small cosmetic bags for jewelry and hair accessories, if needed. Don’t forget cuff links if you have French cuff shirts packed, and tie tacks or bars for neckwear.
Now that you’re all packed and ready to visit, you’ll need a comfortable home base for your Chicago vacation. With its luxurious amenities and recent $20M renovation, The Talbott Hotel is the perfect place to settle in and stay warm. Call 800-825-2688 for reservations. Or, book your stay with us online today.