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Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

Bring the family to Navy Pier for the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest December 1-January 7, and stay at the nearby and affordable Lake Shore Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

The Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest is chock full of activities for kids from five to eighty! Guests will be greeted by festive décor and a glittering forest of nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments hung on a mile of wire. Under the shimmering white lights and across the wintery blue carpet that blankets Navy Pier’s Festival Hall lies dozens of activities and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages – from the ever-popular Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink to the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course.

Those with an appetite for adventure are invited to soar across the 40-foot Cliff Hanger or scale the Polar Ice Peaks Climbing Wall. Younger guests may enjoy a ride around Winter Wonder Town on the Arctic Express Train or decorating cookies at the Cookie Cottage. And of course, jolly old Saint Nick will be on hand for festive family photo opportunities and last-minute holiday gift requests. And! Elevate the experience this year by taking a ride on the 200-foot-tall Centennial Wheel, included with every ticket purchase.

Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago. For tickets and more information, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your Winter WonderFest experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch an