Start your new year off right by exploring your neighborhood. Whether it’s relaxing in a rooftop igloo or learning how to make espresso, these events kick off 2019 with a bang.

1) Don’t let a little cold stop you from hanging out on a patio. Aba now has four rooftop igloos, so grab a couple of buddies, and get to celebrating. Each semi-heated igloo can seat up to six guests, equipped with a table, lounge-style seating and blankets. You can order Mediterranean-inspired dishes and snacks a la carte or off the patio mezze menu. Reservations recommended. 5:30-11 p.m. 302 N. Green St., 773-645-1400, abarestaurantchicago.com