This winter take a Snow Day at Navy Pier! And you don’t even have to wait for that snow day—it’s already here with today’s opening of Snow Days Chicago!
If you’ve been by the Pier recently, we’re sure you noticed all the snow in Gateway Park (it’s pretty hard to miss) and if you came by Wednesday or Thursday, you also probably noticed teams hard at work on a series of snow blocks. While the snow sculpting competition officially begins this weekend, you can’t expect the elaborate sculptures to come together overnight which is why we’ve given our snow artisans a little head start!
The 15 professional teams from places as far-flung as the Czech Republic and Mexico will continue sculpting today and put the finishing touches on their masterpieces tomorrow. Come by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award! It’s going to be a difficult choice between spectacular sculptures as varied as a sea horse, a dragon being slain by an angel, and a man rooting around in an empty fridge!
And make sure you stick around for the Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. tomorrow on our indoor Family Pavilion Stage. First prize will receive $1500, second prize $1000, and third prize $500; that certainly isn’t chump change! Plus if you stay late, you’ll be able to enjoy the festive lights illuminating the sculptures each night!
While you’re at Snow Days, make sure you also check out the beautiful designs of our CPS high school teams, get the kids in a line for a chance to hit the snowboarding course, and head inside to our Family Pavilion for great entertainment from dueling pianos to DJ grooves to a dance crew that will get you moving!
Friday, January 25: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 26: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 27: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Coming down for the whole day? It’s easy to make a day of it at the Pier! Many of our regular attractions are open, like the Chicago Children’s Museum and our iconic Ferris wheel, and the great restaurants lining our dock would love to have you for lunch or dinner. And find reduced parking rates all weekend long and through March 17! Save 25%-60% in Navy Pier Garages!