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Hot cocoa, huskies, and bird hikes through the Natural Area

CHICAGO – Chicago’s favorite winter event returns to Big Marsh Park, located at 11555 S. Stony Island Ave. on February 17, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The free event will feature husky sled teams, hot cocoa, and nature-centric activities for visitors of all ages. Polar Adventure Days has found itself at a new location this year, bringing winter fun to the South Deering Community Area at Big Marsh Park!

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Only in the Winter: Unique Activities at Big Marsh Park

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the following activities:

  • Watch teams of Huskies pull sleds throughout the park 
  • Enjoy guided hikes, snow trekking and birdwatching with BIPOC birders.
  • Build nature inspired winter crafts with Wild Indigo
  • Sip hot cocoa with marshmallows by the campfire
  • Enjoy live music from Jake Vinsel Quartet
  • Make puppets and engage with roaming Jabberwocky Marionettes
  • Listen to stories with storyteller Mama Edie
  • Learn about reptiles with Mendez Zoological 

About Big Marsh Park

Big Marsh Park is a 299-acre park in the South Deering Community Area on the southeast side of the city. It is part of an area commonly known as the Calumet Area Reserve. Once an active industrial property, the site was acquired by the Park District in 2011 and opened to the public in 2016. Big Marsh is an inviting park space for Chicago and the neighboring communities to interact with the region’s natural history.