Well, now that that’s out of the question...
Enter Fjällräven. Yes, that cold-weather temple of winter-proof Scandinavian gear you’ve admired from afar has just opened its first Chicago outpost in Wicker Park.
Small animals wearing big jackets: ha.
Blizzards of biblical proportions: no laughing matter.
So with the help of your new Swedish brothers-in-arms... here:
Worst-Case Scenario: You have to shovel snow.
Solution: A 95%-goose-filled down jacket and gloves with a microfleece lining and suede palms. Efficient shoveling starts with a strong grip.
Worst-Case Scenario: You get lost on your way back from the liq... convenience store.
Solution: Hiking boots constructed with comfortable trekking lasts and a professional compass from Brunton. That, or follow the North Star.
Worst-Case Scenario: You get locked out. And you’re hungry.
Solution: Outdoor stoves from the legendary Scandinavian outdoorsmen at Primus. Or that Chinese restaurant you can’t believe is open right now but totally is.
Worst-Case Scenario: You need to make a snow angel.
Solution: Actually, you can probably just make one of those.