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Yes You Can Enjoy Winter In Illinois


Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

Experiencing the winter blues? We are in the midst of some of the coldest days of winter, but the antidote may be to get outside. According to some experts, even just 15 to 20 minutes of direct sunlight a few times per week can provide you with enough vitamin D to help keep the blues at bay.

It can be hard to find the motivation to brave the cold with short days and temperatures this low, so to share some ideas on how to embrace the chill, The 21st was joined by the Senior Editor for Chicago Magazine, which recently published this article called Get Outside!


Erica Zazo, freelance outdoor travel writer, frequently contributing to Backpacker Magazine, Group Tour Magazine and more. She’s also the Chicago Chapter Lead of Mappy Hour, a meet-up group for people who live in the city and love the outdoors.

Lauren Williamson, Senior Editor for Chicago Magazine



Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

A version of this segment was previously broadcast Jan. 28, 2021.

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