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Surfers "Live the Shore" By Diving into Icy Lake Michigan

Many of us know that to "Live the Shore" in the summer months is a beautiful thing. There's volleyball, snorkeling, golfing, fishing and swimming just to name a few things. However, how do you "Live the Shore" in the winter? Is the water really "just right" during Chicago's winter? Well, if you ask these surfers the answer is absolutely yes.

Welcome to Sub Zero Surfing - Despite a Winter Storm Warning and arctic temperatures, a group of surfers took to Lake Michigan before it froze over completely for the winter. Clad in wet suits that covered their heads, the brave men walked into the icy water and caught some waves. They were all smiles as they came out of the lake. Large icicles formed on their visors and beards, making for unique images captured by photographer Mike Killion.

Winter WonderFest - Not all your time has to be spent out doors sub zero surfing. You can take it indoors and enjoy one of Chicago's biggest and best indoor winter playground. The much anticipated Navy Pier Winter WonderFest features endless indoor seasonal winter fun with over 24 rides, slides, and even an indoor skating rink. Along with rides and activities, visitors can also expect lots of live entertainment and festive foods.

Attractions at Wonderfest include:

  • Arctic Ice Skating Rink: lined with Christmas trees, banners, and white lights, this festive rink attracts visitors throughout the season.

  • Extreme Ice Trail Ropes Course: maneuver your way across beams, staircases, and platforms while making your way through a course that stretches 27.5 feet in the air. Remember to dress appropriately–no heels, skirts, or dresses allowed.

  • Ferris Wheel: get a view of Winter Wonderfest from the top of the 50-foot high indoor Ferris Wheel.

  • Zero Gravity: brave riders will be held to the wall by the force of gravity as the ride spins faster and faster, finally lifting riders into the air at a 45-degree angle as it continues to spin.

  • Polar Extreme: race through a frozen tundra to escape via slide on the other side of this course.

  • Ice Peaks Climbing Wall: lace up your gym shoes and test your upper body strength on this interactive climbing wall.

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