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Dog Sled Demos: Chicago’s Snow Fun In The Wintertime

January 28, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

 Dog Sled Demos: Chicagos Snow Fun In The Wintertime

(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

If this winter is anything like the snowbound, blizzard bonanza we’ve had in year’s past, we may all need to travel by Siberian Husky powered dog sleds before spring! Our family has had four huskies/husky mixes over the years and they are wonderful family dogs. There’s something to be said for curling up by the fire with a pack of big, furry dogs, to keep warm on those three-dog nights.

 Dog Sled Demos: Chicagos Snow Fun In The Wintertime

(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

7th Annual Polar Adventure Days

Northerly Island

1400 S. Lynn White Dr.
Chicago, Il
(312) 745.2910


Hours: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Dates: Dec. 10, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18,
Cost: free
Limited parking is available for $3.

At Polar Adventure Day, families can pet the Huskies, ask questions, and see the dog sled teams run. Adventurers will be on hand to talk about their Iditarod dog sled race experiences and teach dog team commands. Polar Adventure Day also includes live birds of prey, free snowshoe trials, ice sculpture carvings to watch, nature-inspired crafts to create and live entertainment from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Events are indoors and outdoor so dress for the elements.

 Dog Sled Demos: Chicagos Snow Fun In The Wintertime

(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

Starved Rock Lodge Husky Seminar and Sled Demos

Starved Rock Lodge

Rt. 178 & 71
Utica, Il
800-868-ROCK (7625)

Hours: Sled demo times are 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Seminar times are 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Dates: Sun, Jan 15 & Feb 19
Cost: free

 Dog Sled Demos: Chicagos Snow Fun In The Wintertime

(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

Starved Rock is one of the closest, truly beautiful, giant wilderness areas to Chicago, just 94 miles south of the city. Make a day trip to this unique state park, or book a room at the lodge, on-site cabins, or numerous options in nearby Utica. Alaska and the Iditarod will seem just a bit more realistic, if you make the trek to see the huskies run, where there’s no city skyline for miles around.

CBS Chicago Insider’s tip: while you’re there, scan the skies for the young bald eagle pair who were rescued near Chicago in May and recently released in November – The largest number of eagle sitings happen in January, and during the coldest months. Also check out the gorgeous ice falls, unique to the region.

 Dog Sled Demos: Chicagos Snow Fun In The Wintertime

(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

Snow Days at Navy Pier

Getaway Park

600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Il
(312)791-6196

(312)791-6196
Dates: Jan 27th– Jan 29th
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: free

Green Valley Dog Drivers and Free Spirit Sled Demo Team join forces at Chicago’s Navy Pier for a one-hour weight pull and sled demonstration. This three-day fest includes a snowboard rail jam, a snow sculpting competition, and other demos, to round out Snow Days.

Got the bug now and want one of your own? If you’re considering adopting, Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue is a great first stop. Our current blue-eyed husky mix, Igraine the Brave or Iggy Pup, was a Free Spirit rescue and she’s become a well-loved family member over the past two years. They save pound puppies and homeless Huskies throughout the Midwest, and find them loving homes. They also run fun dog sled demos all winter. Check them out at aforementioned Polar Adventure Days.

Bonnie Kenaz-Mara writes a photo filled music, theatre and events blog, which includes shows for kids and the 21+ crowd in Chi, IL. She explores adventures in urban-odd ball-off the wall-alternative-eco-punk parenting, including loads of give aways, live show footage, interviews, reviews and more at ChiILMama.com.
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