When life gives you snow, go sledding—after you dig out the car, that is.
These 10 Chicago area sledding destinations will give you and the whole family a fun reprieve from the snow.
Palmisano Park: This Bridgeport park, which began life as Stearns Quarry in the 1800s, is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Caldwell Woods: This far Northwest Side sledding destination is lighted and staffed 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
A. Montgomery Ward Park: Located right along the river in River North, A. Montgomery Ward Park is flanked by coffee shops and restaurants. It is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Dan Ryan Woods: Like Caldwell Woods, Dan Ryan Woods, located in Ashburn, is staffed and lighted 10 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily.
Warren Park: West Ridge’s Warren Park not only has sledding, but ice skating as well. It is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, while the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink closes 9 p.m. most days.
Oz Park: Located smack in the middle of Lincoln Park, Oz Park is surrounded by good eats and warm drinks. It is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Nickoll Knoll: Providing a great view of the Chicago skyline from the top of the hill, Nickoll Knoll in Arlington Heights is a great spot to dash through the snow.
Emricson Park: This park, open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, is on Woodstock’s West Side and has the William C. Donato Conservation Area right across the street.
Meineke Hill: Should you get too cold sledding at Schaumburg’s Meineke Hill, you can go warm up at the Meineke Recreation Center. Meineke Hill’s hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, while the recreation center is open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
What are your favorite places to sled in the Chicago area?