Activities of Varying Degrees Around Chicago This Weekend

January 28, 2011

Can you believe we’re approaching the last weekend in January? Whether you are enjoying the Chicago winter or need a reprieve, Chicagoland Real Estate Forum has the activity for you.

Let’s start with cold enthusiasts:

Snow Days Chicago is a free event from Friday through Sunday at Navy Pier.

Fifteen teams of professional ice sculptors from Chicago and around the world will be carving their art at Gateway Park, just west of the Pier’s entrance.

The sculptors were chosen based on pencil sketch drawings they submitted. You can see all the sketches here.

ice sculpture

This sculpture captured last year's first-place prize.

Visitors on Saturday will get to vote for their favorite sculpture; the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Family Pavilion inside Navy Pier.

A dozen teams from Chicago’s Public High Schools will also be there creating smaller sculptures. Check out their sketches here.

The third annual Snow Days Chicago event will also include Dog Sled Racing Demonstrations and Weight Pulling by Green Valley Dog Drivers; a Snowboard Rail Jam Competition and family entertainment in the Family Pavilion.

The Pier is offering special parking rates for the event: $18 during the day and $10 after 5 p.m.

What: Snow Days Chicago

Where: Navy Pier’s Gateway Park, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

When: Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, January 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

More: Visit explorechicago.org for more information

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Now for the warm-blooded:

Last week, we told you about the Spring Flower Show blooming at the Lincoln Park Conservatory from January 22 through May 8.

On Saturday, January 29, the Garfield Park Conservatory will open its Spring Flower Show, which will also run through May 8.

The show will feature colorful azaleas now, hydrangeas starting in early April and lilies in May.

On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., award-winning harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams will be performing for the conservatory’s Winter Music Series. You can also catch her music at the show on Saturday, February 5, and Saturday, February 12.

What: Spring Flower Show

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central, Chicago

When: Saturday, January 29 through Sunday, May 8; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day but Wednesday, when it’s open until 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

More: For more information, visit garfieldconservatory.org

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Warm or cold, you decide:

Want to get away from your Chicago home?

Travel over to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center for the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show and you can have your pick of travel experiences from which to choose.

people scuba diving in a poolWhether you are interested in going somewhere warm or cold, you will find your destination here, and you might even win a free trip!

The seventh-annual event will offer informative seminars from leading travel experts, magazine editors and photographers; cultural performances from around the world; wine and food tastings, giveaways and prizes; and an opportunity to try an adventure activity before you book it, like scuba diving. Remember, it is BYOBS (bring your own bathing suit).

What: Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (formerly Rosemont Convention Center), 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont

When: Saturday, January 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, January 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Adults are $15 per day; children under age 16 are free. Click here and use the promotional code CHPR to save $6 per ticket.

More: Travel to adventureexpo.com for more details

Have a great weekend!

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