9 winter hacks to save your sanity
So we’re not gonna break freezing again for a while. Who’s complaining? We know you, Chicago. We’ve lived here long enough to master the art of staying warm while still getting things done. Here's how we do it:
Get a manicure...in your living room
If you don’t mind shelling out an extra $25 (on top of the regular service prices), the nail technicians of Lincoln Square’s Noktivo Spa & Beauty Boutique will come to you--with their organic, eco-friendly potions and polishes in tow.
Have Chick-fil-A delivered
You’re in your car, heat blasting, and you’re craving a chicken sandwich. Use Chick-fil-A’s mobile ordering app to request curbside service. Then pull up by the door, check in and let the fried goodness come to you.
Let someone else do the shopping
Need a gift for a kid, fast? Building Blocks Toy Store (Lakeview and Wicker Park) will email or text product suggestions your way. Then it?ll gift-wrap the goods and bring them out to your car--or even all the way to your house.
Take a scorching hot yoga class
Are your toes numb? Your fingertips, too? Dash over to a yoga class at the local Bikram mini-chain 105F. You?ll sweat so much, you?ll forget it?s January.
Pre-pay for your tea
Your sore throat has met its match. Use Argo Tea’s loyalty app to order ahead and pre-pay from your phone. When you get to the store, just zip in and pick up your vitamin C-packed hibiscus steamer.
Keep your car warm
Next time you’re headed to the Loop, bring a few extra bucks ($11 for 90 minutes with retail validation) to park in the heated, indoor Block 37 garage. It’s connected to the city’s storied pedway--you can literally leave your coat in your car.
Use your phone to feed the meter
Still wading through blizzards and standing in line to pay those lovely LAZ meters? We finally downloaded the ParkChicago app and we're not looking back. It costs 35 cents extra if you don't buy the full two hours, but trust us, from the comfort of your heated car, it'll feel like the smartest small change you've spent this winter.
Get everything under the sun to your door
If you truly just can’t anymore...you don’t have to. Instacart will deliver your groceries. Caviar will bring your favorite kale salad. Postmates will bring any product you want from any store or restaurant in an hour. We’re living in the golden age of delivery, people. Order up!