Best outdoor events in Chicago this winter

"Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet shall keep them from making their appointed rounds." That's one thing Chicagoans have in common with the U.S. Postal Service, anyway. We won't let a little winter weather keep us inside, and our fair city obliges with a packed lineup of events.

Polar Adventure Days

Families can enjoy winter activities and meet live animals. Activities may include dog sledding demonsrations, live entertainment from the Old Town School of Folk Music, arts and crafts table, toddler zone with outdoor "ice fishing," REI winter activity station, and free snowshoe rental if weather conditions allow. First 500 visitors receive hot cocoa.  Dress for the outdoors. Call to confirm scheduled activities.


Snow Days Chicago

It's a headache for rush hour commuters and a strain on budgets, but snow in the city is still worth celebrating. At Snow Days Chicago, watch teams of professionals create some pretty incredible snow sculptures. This year, the event moves from Grant Park to Navy Pier.

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

Watch snow-sculpting teams form "frozen art" from giant blocks of snow. Abstract shapes and whimsical figures take shape under the skilled hands of state teams and high school teams. Walk or drive the one-mile route through the park to see sculptures. Spectators can cast their vote for "People's Choice." Awards ceremony will be 1 p.m. Jan. 23.


Northbrook Winter Carnival

Celebrate the season with indoor and outdoor activities at this annual family event.


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