It may have seemed like the past few days have been winter fest enough, but another sort of fest is taking place in a few weeks near Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.
Winterfest 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at Rowan Park Ice Rink, 11546 S. Avenue L in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood. This is just south of Washington High School and the closest ice rink to us.
There will be free skate rentals, games, open ice skating, refreshments, music and prizes. This event is sponsored by the Chicago Park District and 10th Ward Alderman John Pope.
The ice rink also hosts Cartoon Skates from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, now through Feb. 16. All ages can come for open skate with their favorite cartoon characters. It costs $3 per person. At the end of the month, there will be free skating lessons sponsored by the Chicago Blackhawks. For information, call the park at (773) 646-3180.
If you’d rather stay indoors, Chicago’s museums have planned many free days this month. The Museum of Science and Industry offers free general admission to Illinois residents Jan. 6 to 10, 13 to 17, 20 to 24 and 27 to 31. For more information and free days throughout the year, visit msichicago.org.
Shedd Aquarium is also offering discount days to Illinois residents. Receive free general admission Jan. 13 to 14, 19 to 21 and 24 to 28. Visit sheddaquarium.org for more information.
The Field Museum offers Illinois resident discount days today, Jan. 15 to 16, Jan. 21 to 22 and Jan. 29 to 30. You will receive free basic admission. For information, visit fieldmuseum.org.
To end this week’s column, I wanted to say thank you to all the city workers who have kept Chicago going these past few days. I know Hegewisch is filled with police officers, firefighters, paramedics and many other city workers who didn’t get to rest or enjoy the “snow days” the rest of us did.
In spite of nonstop snow and then temperatures well below zero, I saw the snowplow driver working all day, I watched the mail carrier deliver letters and I saw pictures of firefighters pushing a stranded motorist around the block from our house.
They must be exhausted and cold and deserve our thanks every day of the year, but especially on these days when we need them most.
Let’s remember to listen to the warnings, follow the rules and stay safe to make their jobs easier.