Though winter hibernation may be calling your name this January, there’s still plenty to do in Chicago, New York and West Hollywood to ensure your 2017 gets off to an inspired start.

Broke the bank this holiday season? Not to worry. We’ve only chosen events that are free and open to the public.

From our friend and #artatthejames partner, Monique Meloche, is an artistic endeavor to open 2017 you won’t want to miss. Artist Brendan Fernandes’ first solo exhibition in the Windy City is a study in art and movement. Like his 2016 work Art by Snapchat (in which he sent instructions to dancers via Snapchat as they performed in New York’s Museum of Modern Art) Fernandes’ Chicago debut conveys movement by using unlikely materials, including glass, sculpture and crystal coat hangers hanging in a storefront window. Through January 28. 2154 W. Division Street.

West Hollywood
Now through April, MOCA at the Pacific Design Center presents a stunning exhibition of work from renowned fashion and furniture designer, Rick Owens. Best known for the iconic clothing label he started in Los Angeles in 1994, Owens has consistently drawn inspiration for his fashion collections and sculptural furniture from a vast array of historical sources. In addition to showcasing works in Owens’s signature materials, this exhibition marks the artist’s first foray into foam, rock crystal and concrete and features a new group of large-scale sculptures and installations, plus a video by Owens. Through April 2. Learn more here.

New York City
The ultimate New York snow day, the Central Park Winter Jam is the perfect excuse to take the day off with the family and bask in the beauty of the snow covered park. This free winter festival is chock-full of events and come rain or shine, upstate ski destination Gore Mountain will blow fresh snow into the heart of Central Park where festivalgoers can go snowshoeing, kicksledding and more. There will also be skiing and snowboarding lessons provided by Lake Placid. Saturday, January 28, 11am-3pm. Learn more here.