You’ve probably heard this a thousand times: laughter is the best cure for any kind of sadness. Seeing a comedy show at The Second City will make you laugh and see the lighter side of life. The Second City offers an assortment of shows throughout January so you can see one or you can see them all. If you like the vibe, The Second City also offers comedy classes like improv, stand up, writing, and dozens more. The laughter never has to end and neither does your good mood. The theatre is located in Historic Old Town, so there will be plenty to do nearby before or after the show.
One great way to bring you out of a slump is by putting yourself in an exciting and intense situation. Like, for instance, you and your friends getting locked on a train car until you can solve clues and riddles to find your way out. That’s not an everyday situation, now is it? At Escape Artistry in the Flatiron Arts Building, you and a group of the friends that remind you most of Sherlock Holmes will be locked on a train car and given clues to help you escape. It’s a unique experience and lets you pretend like you’re in an action-packed adventure movie without the danger and inconvenience of being actually trapped on a train car.
This may sound like an activity more suited for warmer weather, but many Segway companies offer tours year round. If a warmer day is coming up, or if you don’t mind bundling up, schedule a tour with a group of friends and see Chicago in a whole new way. Riding around on a Segway is a great opportunity to let loose and sightsee. Most importantly, hot chocolate stands are never too far away. Some of the Chicago Segway companies include Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours, Chicago Segway Tours, and Steve’s Segway Tours in particular offers themed tours, as well as tours made especially for the winter months.
Although all of the museums in Chicago will brighten your mood, The Shedd Aquarium stands out as a place that’s fun and easy to stroll through. Seeing exotic fish and dolphin shows will get your mind off the cold and onto something more tropical. This place let’s you have the fun of being with nature while inside staying warm. Be sure to buy your ticket online to avoid waiting in line! The Aquarium offers multiple free days for Illinois residents throughout January including the 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd-25th, and the 26th.
Being bummed out in January is the perfect excuse to invest in retail therapy. Maybe you’ve been looking for a chance to spend the gift cards you got over the holidays, or maybe you want to start off the year with a new wardrobe…or maybe you’ve decided you’re done with winter and ready to start shopping for summer clothes. No matter what your cause is, shopping on The Magnificent Mile brings you all your favorite stores along with the fun of being in the city. Want the same kind of experience but without the freezing temperatures? Head just down the street to the Water Tower Place.
It’s time to chase your blues away. Throw on your workout gear and train for the F^3 Lake Half Marathon and 5K coming up on January 23rd. Giving yourself a physical goal will make sure you stay active, which is the best thing you can do for a healthy body and mind. Need a little more motivation? The race doesn’t start until 10am and a post-race party with drinks and a buffet will be held afterwards in the South Loop. After this race, keep running and before you know it summer will be right around the corner.
By Emma Rimsa
Emma Rimsa was born and raised in Illinois and went to school for Journalism and Theatre. She is currently working in the Chicago radio industry, as a Segway tour guide, and once started a lawn care service that lasted a little under a week.
Her parents try very hard to be proud.