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Chicago winter storm to bring heavy snow, frigid temps

Facing a looming winter storm that is expected to bring blowing snow and frigid temperatures starting Thursday, the three Christkindlmarkets in the Chicago area will be closing early.

Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago and Christkindlmarket in Aurora will close at 4 pm Thursday,and remain closed on Friday and Saturday, meaning Thursday will be the last day to enjoy those two German-themed holiday markets.

Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but plans to reopen on Monday, and will be open daily from Monday through New Year’s Eve.

Winterland at Gallagher Way – which includes Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville and takes place partially on the ballfield at Wrigley Field – will also be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – but plans to reopen Monday.

Inside the ballpark right on the playing field, which also features carnival rides and games, the Gallagher Ice Rink and ice bumper cars, a lodge with hot and cold drinks, and a row of private chalets.

The Adler Planetarium will also be closed this weekend due to dangerous conditions.

Adler said in a statement:

“Due to forecasted snowy and blizzard-like weather conditions, along with dangerously cold temperatures in the Chicagoland area, and recognizing that the safety of our guests and staff are our highest priority, the Adler Planetarium will be closed for public business hours on Friday, December 23, and Saturday, December 24, 2022. We will also be closed as scheduled on Sunday, December 25, Christmas day.”

The planetarium will reopen for its normal business hours on Monday, Dec. 26 from 9 am to 4 pm

The Lincoln Park Zoo will also be closed on Friday due to high winds and extreme cold, and the ZooLights festival will be canceled. ZooLights ticketholders are asked to check their email for more information.

Due to the forecasted high winds and extreme below zero temperatures, Lincoln Park Zoo will be closed and ZooLights will be canceled on Friday, December 23. ZooLights ticketholders, please check your email for more information. pic.twitter.com/VZWZL36wNF

— Lincoln Park Zoo (@lincolnparkzoo) December 21, 2022

Field Museum will close early on Thursday, at 2 pm and remain closed on Friday due to the storm, and will close at 3 pm on Saturday (Christmas Eve), with the last entry at 2 pm The museum will be closed on Sunday (Christmas Day) for the holiday, and will reopen for regular business hours on Monday.

Shedd Aquarium also will close early on Thursday, at 2 pm, but has yet to announce any changes to its normal operating hours on Friday or Saturday. The aquarium will be closed for Christmas Day on Sunday.

The Chicago History Museum will also be closed Friday and Saturday due to the storm.

The Schaumburg Township District Library announced they’re closing its Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Hanover Park locations at 2 pm, and all will remain closed through the weekend.

All three sites are expected to reopen during their normal hours on Monday, Dec. 26

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