Chicago winter attractions worth bundling up for


Relish one of Chicago Park District’s most interactive events at Polar Adventure Days. Kids of all ages come face to face with other cold-lovers, Siberian huskies and wolves among them. Plus, plenty of winter activities and crafts for the family. It’s free! Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 20 and Feb. 24.


Maggie Daley Park’s Ice Ribbon isn’t your standard ice rink. Instead, you’ll get a multi-sensory experience as you and the kids glide around the icy ribbon with the gorgeous city skyline as your backdrop. After a few laps, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Skates are available to rent on site.


Seeking a little quiet time together to kick off 2018? Set out with your brood on cross-country skis or snowshoes on the 1,700 acres of snowy grounds at Morton Arboretum. Child and adult skis or snowshoes are available for rent through mid-March when snow is at least 4 inches deep at the Visitor Center. 

Or, when snow is at least three inches deep, rent a snow tube for a trip down the 800-foot run on Mount Hoy in Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, weekends through Feb. 25. Inner tube rentals are $5 per day. 

DuPage Forest Preserve rangers also groom more than 70 miles of cross-country ski trails for families, including the beautiful Waterfall Glen in Darien. It’s a perfect setting for those Insta moments. 


Sure, you’ll be indoors, but you’ll still be close to the ice as you take in Disney’s latest ice show, “Dare to Dream.” In her Disney On Ice debut, Moana embarks on an adventure among Disney’s other most beloved heroines like Belle and Cinderella. Multiple dates in January and February at United Center and Allstate Arena.

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