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Frosty fun in West Chicago: 5 ways to beat the winter blues

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:49 p.m. CDT
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Community members try chili from local fire and police departments, as well as other groups, at the West Chicago Park District's 2013 Chili Fest. The park district will again host the cook-off Feb. 8 at the American Legion, 123 Main St. in West Chicago.

WEST CHICAGO – Although the holiday season is over, winter continues in the Chicago area, and there is still fun to be had in West Chicago.

Here are five West Chicago Park District activities for residents to enjoy during the chilly weather:

1. Hit the slopes with the park district

The West Chicago Park District invites local teens to go tubing at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.

The park district's snow tubing trip will take place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Spots are stil available.

The mountain's snow tubing area is more than 1,000 feet long, with 20 tubing lanes and a covered conveyor to take participants back up the hill.

The trip is designed for 12- to 15-year-olds. The cost is $64 for residents and $76 for nonresidents. Participants should bring lunch money.

For more information, visit www.we-goparks.org.

2. Enjoy a day of fun and games

Students ages 5 to 12 can enjoy two days off school at district-sponsored events at Odyssey Fun World in Naperville and Laser Quest in Downers Grove.

On Jan. 17, local students can play games and win prizes at Odyssey Fun World from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event costs $40 for residents and $48 for nonresidents.

The park district will continue the fun Jan. 20 at Laser Quest, where participants can enjoy games of laser tag from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $40 for residents and $48 for nonresidents.

Parents can enjoy the time off, too, while park district staff take care of the kids.

For details, check out the park district's Winter/Spring 2014 Brochure at www.we-goparks.org/index.asp.

3. Have a little summer with the snow

Take a break from snow and ice and enjoy some pool water at the park district's many Open Swim events from Jan. 18 through May 2 at the Community High School pool in West Chicago.

Costs range from $3 to $5 for residents and $4 to $6 for nonresidents. Registration is required for participants who are at least 3 years old.

To learn more, consult the Open Swim flier at www.we-goparks.org/documents/OpenSwimPoster.pdf.

4. Calling all dads and daughters: Put on those dancing shoes

It's time for dad-and-daughter duos across town to enjoy some quality time at the Daddy Daughter Date Night on Feb. 7.

The night will feature dancing, a dessert buffet and photo opportunity for girls ages 5 to 14 years old and their dad, grandpa, uncle or guardian.

The date night will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wheaton Academy, 900 Prince Crossing Road in West Chicago.

The cost is $20 for residents and $24 for nonresidents.

For more information, visit www.we-goparks.org.

5. Fight the winter chills with smokin' hot chili

Residents will be the judges when area fire departments, police departments and other groups get together for a chili cook-off Feb. 8.

Chili Fest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 123 Main St. in West Chicago.

Tickets cost $6 for seniors and children 12 and younger and $8 for adults. Proceeds from Chili Fest will benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance's Camp "I Am Me."

The evening will end with raffle and split-the-pot drawings.

To learn more, visit www.we-goparks.org.

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