Kids Construct Igloo On Southwest Side

CHICAGO (CBS) — A certain front yard featuring an igloo could pass for Nome, Alaska, but it’s actually on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Some youngsters constructed the igloo in the front yard at the Nagel residence, located in the Clearing neighborhood, at 62nd and Meade avenues just west of Midway International Airport.

The igloo is 10 feet tall. It was built by the Nagels’ son and a few of his friends, and the boy’s mother says it took them a few days to complete.

The word “igloo” is derived from the Inuit word “iglu,” which refers not only to houses built out of snow, but also out of other materials such as sod or driftwood. But outside of Inuit society, an “igloo” only refers to a house constructed of snow, usually in a domed structure.

  • john os

    please also note the dangers of suffocation should the kids fall thru onto their friends below inside the igloo. great story otherwise. peace

  • JeanSC

    This should not be called an “igloo.” A real igloo is actually a masonry building made of blocks of frozen snow, cut with some slanted sides to create the dome. The “structure” in this photo is just a snow cave dug into a pile of snow which looks like it was dumped there by snow-removal equipment. The caution about possible collapse is important for parents to note. This could collapse with no one on top. A real igloo is much safer, because it has only 1 layer of snow blocks.

  • Pam

    Kids in the burbs are building igloos using a rectangular thing that shapes the snow into a block and they can be stacked, it’s really cute. I saw pictures of the igloos on the Trib’s winter pictures section on their website.

    • JeanSC

      I tried to find those pictures but couldn’t. But a google search turned up something called the “Eskimold” which looks clever and the website has good info about traditional igloos. Is this what you’re talking about? Regardless, the structure in CBS2’s photo still looks like a pile of plowed snow with a cave carved in it.

  • Dan Bischoff

    the igloo is great! good job nagel boys and girls!thats the way u make the evening news good old fashioned SNOW FUN!!!

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