Dog Sledding

December 8, 2009 10:06:55 AM PST
Celebrate winter during The Chicago Park District's Polar Adventure Days from 12 to 4 p.m. on three Saturdays, starting December 12, and continuing on January 23 and February 20. It's the ninth year that the Park District has sponsored the day-long winter festivals at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Dr., on the Museum Campus. There is no admission charge. 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.

You can learn all about dog sledding, one of the highlights of the event. You can meet Siberian Husky dogs, and hear Karen and Robert Miller talk about their adventures in the world-famous Iditarod dog sled race. They will also explain their efforts to save unwanted and abused dogs through their non-profit organization, Free Spirit Siberian Rescue http://www.huskyrescue.org/

Dress warmly and take advantage of these other free activities:

? The first 500 visitors receive a complimentary Polar Adventure Day mug filled with hot chocolate. Limit one per person.

? Nadeau's Ice Sculpture transforms blocks of ice into magical creations on site.

? Various live animals will be on site to discover such as birds of prey.

? An arctic camping demo.

? Live entertainment including storytelling centered on winter tales.

? Arts and craft tables for making nature-inspired creations.

? Free snowshoe rental for exploration of the island (if there is snow).

For more information, on Polar Adventure Days, call 312-742-PLAY or visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Directions to Northerly Island

By car, take Lake Shore Drive (N or S) to the 18th Street/Museum Campus exit. Follow Museum Campus Drive toward Adler Planetarium. Turn right on Lynn White Drive. Go past the Charter One 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.

For more information about the Chicago Park District's more than 7,600 acres of parkland, 570 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife gardens, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY.


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