Mother Nature may have us tightly in her winter grip, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside to enjoy some seasonal fun, Chicago style.
The 9th Annual Polar Adventure Days allow you to explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. Dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center.
At Polar Adventure Days, various live animals will be on site to discover, such as birds of prey from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation and coyotes from Big Run Wolf Ranch. You can watch dog sledding demonstrations with huskies of Free Spirit Siberian Rescue and enjoy live entertainment from The Dreamtree Shakers from Old Town School of Folk Music. Stop by the arts and craft tables led by different organization each month for making nature-inspired creations. December features Imagine Art; January features the Art Institute of Chicago; and February features the National Mexican Museum of Art. There will also be a toddler zone that features outdoor “ice fishing” and an REI winter activity station. While you’re there you can take advantage of free snowshoe rental for exploration of the island if there is enough snow and free hot cocoa to the first 500 participants.
Polar Adventure Days will take place at 1521 S. Linn White Drive, on the Museum Campus. Limited parking is available for $3, cash only, during Polar Adventure Days.