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Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

By December 12, 2006

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Christmas may be less than two weeks away, but there's still plenty of time to get down to Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest, which extends the holiday season all the way into January. Winter WonderFest is great fun for the whole family, featuring hundreds of trees, thousands of lights, and attractions such as the Arctic Ice Rink, an indoor ferris wheel, the Reindeer Express Train Ride, the Pepsi Create-a-Cookie Cottage, and lots more.

General admission is free -- wristbands are sold for unlimited access to rides and attractions. As a parent, I've paid countless admission fees to various children's museums, amusement parks, etc., just for the privilege of standing around bored watching my kids, so the Winter WonderFest wristband setup is much appreciated! Add to that the $4 off ($8 on special discount days) coupons issued at local LaSalle Bank ATMs, and you've got the makings for a fun action-filled day at a reasonable cost.

My family and I have gone in previous years, and it is quite an event -- Navy Pier goes all out, further demonstrating why they are one of the top tourist destinations in Chicago.

  • What: Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
  • When: Now through January 7, 2007
  • Hours:Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Christmas Day: Closed
    New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE! General activity wristbands: $14 per person. Premium Wristband (includes ice skate rental): $17.
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