Seventh Annual Polar Adventure Days Offer Families Three Days of Winter Fun at Northerly Island




The Chicago Park District presents the seventh annual Polar Adventure Days from 12 - 4 p.m. on three Saturdays, Dec. 10, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Dr., on the Museum Campus. The program is admission free. Click here to watch a video about Polar Adventure Days.

Polar Adventure Days offer families the opportunity to explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, watch ice sculpture carvings, and create nature-inspired crafts. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center.

The following features and activities will be available at Polar Adventure Days:

  • Nadeau’s Ice Sculpture transforms blocks of ice into magical creations.
  • Various live animals will be on site to discover, such as birds of prey.
  • Siberian huskies will be present and adventurers will talk about their Iditarod dog sled race experiences.
  • Live entertainment from the Old Town School of Folk Music.
  • Arts and craft tables for making nature-inspired creations.
  • Free snowshoe rental for exploration of the island if there is enough snow.

Please call to confirm scheduled activities for Polar Adventure Days as activities are subject to change. For more information, call 312-742-PLAY (7529).

Limited parking is available for $3 during Polar Adventure Days. Directions by car to Northerly Island:

Take Lake Shore Drive north or south to the 18th Street/Museum Campus exit. Follow Museum Campus Drive toward Adler Planetarium. Turn right on Lynn White Drive. Go past the Northerly Island concert pavilion (on left) and the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club (on right). The visitor center and free parking are on the left.


Northerly Island is also accessible by public transportation:

Take the #146 bus, exit at Lynn White Drive and walk south to the visitor center.

  • Contact Phone: 312.742.7529
  • Publication Date: 11/15/11

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