Welcome. Glad to see that there are some more of us "Northerners" who get to enjoy the benefit of a Niro, and hopefully you can give some insight into wintertime driving. I know that Chicago weather is like the weather that I get around the GTA. You seem to hover in and out of the freezing mark and get two to three dumpings of snow, but not enough to really bury anyone.
I am wondering how the Niro drove, and if you sprung for actual winter tires or used the Michelin X-Green tires that came with the car over the winter time? Its one of those questions that you can't really ask someone from California, nor someone from. the northern mid-west as their weather is nothing like what we get.