Headed to the Museum Campus to visit the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum or catching a Bears Game at Soldier Field? Did you know that they are all located on Northerly Island, a 91 acre peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. Northerly Island is also known for its nature, and is a great spot for both migratory bird watching and fishing. Don your cold weather gear and head to Northerly Island this winter for some Chicago-style Polar Adventures.
There is nothing quite like snowshoeing on the shores of Lake Michigan, with the icy lake on one side of you and the glittering skyline in the distance. Snowshoes are available for rental at the Northerly Island Visitor's Center: Call ahead to the visitor's center to check that the weather conditions are suitable for snow trekking (there must be at least 3 inches of snow). You can't beat the price for this fun winter activity: $5 for a 2-hour snowshoe rental.
On January 19th and February 16th, Northerly Island plays host to the annual Polar Adventure Days. Now is your chance to see Siberian huskies, wolves and other live winter-loving animals as you enjoy music from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Snowshoes will be available for rental, or you may choose to stay inside the visitor's center to make a nature-inspired winter craft. Bird lovers will appreciate encountering birds of prey from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation or taking a bird hike led by Wendy Paulson. Hot cocoa will be on hand to keep everyone warm and cozy!
Northerly Island is located at 1521 S. Linn White Drive, on the Museum Campus. To check on conditions for snowshoeing, or for questions on programs and events, call (312) 745-2910. For more information on Polar Adventure Days, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/polar-adventure-days/