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Outdoor winter activities for families in Chicago

Turn off Netflix, get out of your pajamas and beat the seasonal blues by venturing out of the house. Even when it’s cold, Chicagoland is full of exciting outdoor activities to celebrate a winter wonderland.

We’ve found the coolest (literally) and most unique activities that offer snowy fun. From curling like a pro Olympian to snowshoeing in nature, here are some winter adventures to try with the family.

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During select days in February, families with children aged 8 and up can learn the ins and outs of this increasingly popular sport. Gallagher Way’s hour-long lessons focus on home etiquette before ‘sweeping’ to victory in the ice rink overlooking historic Wrigley Field.

Toboggan on the best hills

Grab your plastic sled, rubber tube, or school lunch tray and take a spin on some of Chicago’s best sledding hills! From James Park in Evanston, an old dump with four steep hills, to a single hill with a 33-foot drop for thrill seekers at Soldier Field, there are plenty of luge options for daredevils and novices alike.

Get hooked on ice fishing

Ice fishing is a great parent-child bonding experience. Sport is permitted during the winter season in designated lakes and wetlands in Cook County. At this time of year, young anglers can expect to catch bluegill and crappie. To note: Conditions are not monitored by the district, so be sure to check ice thickness before heading out on any frozen body of water.

Feel like a figure skater

Take a spin around the breathtaking quarter-mile skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park, slide on the Parkway Bank Park Ice Rink in Rosemont, or discover a hidden skating rink open to the public at one of the most famous hotels. from Chicago. Check out our favorite skating spots.

Whether you’re an experienced skier or a beginner snowboarder, Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports operates on an “anyone can do it” philosophy, offering lessons for toddlers as young as 4 years old. for beginner board sports enthusiasts. Here are other attractions with exciting winter sports.

Play an impromptu game of pond hockey

For many, pond hockey is a childhood tradition that brings back memories of playing with friends and neighbors. The Chicago Park District offers pick-up games in a few parks where skaters can nurture their nostalgia on the melting ice, without the structure and rules of a traditional hockey rink (score!). Skaters can also find Stick & Puck lessons before and after pond hockey games, so they can hone their stickhandling, skating, and shooting skills. Participating rinks offering hockey games include McKinley Park, Mount Greenwood Park, Warren Park and Wentworth Park.

Snowshoeing at Morton Arboretum

Walk the 1,700 acres of woodland and other naturally preserved areas at Morton Arboretum. When four inches or more of snow is on the ground, the ski trails are groomed so snowshoers can take in the scenic views of the snow-capped trees.

Go cross-country skiing on snowy trails at the Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

Hike snowy trails at the Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, where you can rent skis, then explore four miles of carefully groomed trails with the family from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Still not feeling your credibility in cross-country skiing? Classes for ages 12 and up are offered upon reservation on certain days.

You may not be able to defy death here in Illinois, but our friendly neighbor to the east has got you covered. Just three and a half hours away is the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, where anyone aged 8 and over can ride down the icy toboggan known as a luge. The 850ft track was designed by a former Olympian so you know it’s legit.


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