Snow Days Chicago 

CPS students create snow sculptures for 2nd annual festival.

January 25, 2010

Photo courtesy Explore Chicago.


As if Chicago doesn’t get enough snow already, this weekend the City is creating its own snow for a special 3-day event.


The Snow Days Chicago festival opens this Friday and will, for the second time, feature sculptures created by CPS students. The fun begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 29, and continues from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 30 - Sunday, January 31. The festival takes place at Grant Park.


Twelve teams from CPS high schools across the area will design and complete sculptures for viewing entertainment only. Schools participating include Chicago High School for the Arts, Douglass, Foreman, Lane Tech, Gage Park, Walter Payton, Lake View, Northside College Preparatory, Bronzeville Scholastic Institute and Gallery 37 (various schools). Many schools have up to two teams participating. Student teams will create their sculptures by carving 6ft tall blocks of man-made snow. (The professionals use 10ft blocks.)


The festivities also include a snow sculpting contest that features 15 teams from China, Canada, North Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. And of course there’s plenty of fun for the entire family too.


The Green Valley Dog Drivers will provide dog sled demonstrations and weight pulling. There will also be a special “Activities Igloo” area that will include storytelling, arts and crafts, as well as a Radio Disney show from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday.


The event is free. Learn more about Snow Days Chicago or call 312-744-3315.



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Article written by C. Payton.