No snow? No problem!
Don't let Mother Nature prevent you from using that new ride. These destinations promise a winter wonderland all season long.
425 E McFetridge Dr at Lake Shore Dr (312-235-7000). Sledding hours: Dawn to dusk daily.
A snow-making machine produces the white blanket covering the 33-foot-tall hill—with a 220-foot slope—southeast of Soldier Field. Nearby is Northerly Island, where sledders can also take part in the ongoing Polar Adventure Days, which offer ice-carving demos and snowshoeing.
The next one is scheduled for February 24. Visit www.soldierfield.net for more information.
1001 Hill Ave, Aurora (630-499-0670). Sledding hours: Dawn to dusk daily.
The Aurora Kiwanis Club has teamed with the Aurora Parks and Rec Department to turn this suburban park into a winter recreation area. Just like at Soldier Field, a snow machine produces 6 to 8 inches of flakes for some sledding action, and the nearby pavilion within the park doubles as a warming shelter for chilly riders. Visit www.aurora-il.org for more information.
6601 N Western Ave at Albion Ave (773-262-6314). Sledding hours: Dawn to dusk daily.
There’s no white-powder machine at this park, so do a snow dance before you hit the sledding area. An ice-skating rink near the hill means that even if it doesn’t snow, you can still partake in at least one winter sporting activity. Visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com for more information.—KA