There is nothing quite as beautiful as waking up to Chicago covered in a light blanket of snow. While the snowy streets and sidewalks become tiresome for us tried and true Chicagoans, (have you had the pleasure of dealing with our infamous dibs?) my kids love nothing more than a day filled with snow fun. Here are three ideas for making the best of your snow day.
Pier's Snow Days (January 25-27)
Every year, Navy Pier puts on a snow-filled festival that reminds us all that winter really isn't so bad after all. This year's event promises snow painting, an interactive snowboarding experience, and a snow sculpting competition. Over 15 professional teams from around the world will be competing - check out some of their soon to be snow-sculpted designs as well as more info on the festival by clicking here.
Snowshoeing on the frozen shores of Lake Michigan is magical - as long as you're bundled up well against the cold. Snowshoes are available for rental at the Northerly Island Visitor's Center. Call ahead at (312) 745-2910 to check that the weather conditions are suitable for snow trekking (there must be at least 3 inches of snow). And you can't beat the price: Just $5 for a 2-hour snowshoe rental.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County has a great guide for sledding in the city. Our favorite sledding hill is at Caldwell Woods, located near the corner of Devon and Milwaukee. The hill is just right for even smaller kids, and the large indoor fireplace is perfect for warm-up breaks. As an added bonus, Caldwell Woods is next door to our pick for Chicago's best hot dogs, Superdawg.