If you have cabin fever and need a change of scene, head for Chicago.
Winter is high season for the performing arts, but hotel rates are low. And it's the best time of the year to visit Chinatown.
Events to catch: Feb. 25, Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown. March 3, Chinese New Year Lantern Festival.
What else to do: Go on a Chicago Food Planet food tour of Chinatown. See a Broadway play in the Loop theater district. Go to one of the famous museums (in winter, many have free days).
Details: See Cheap Chicago and other Chicago stories.