By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
1:39 PM CST, January 12, 2012
If you want to go sledding today, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County has five hills with lighting open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The spots within the city limits are the Dan Ryan Woods near Western Avenue and 87th Street in Beverly and Caldwell Woods near Milwaukee and Devon avenues in Norwood Park.
Another sledding location is Indian Road Woods near Central Avenue and Indian Road in Edgebrook, but it doesn't have lighting so that hill is only open from 8 a.m. until sunset.
Ice fishing is allowed at "your own risk" from 8 a.m. until sunset at 22 designated forest preserve lakes including Chicago's Flatfoot Lake in the Riverdale neighborhood. The forest preserve district advises fishermen to check the thickness of the ice as there should be at least four inches of solid ice over the entire lake.
The county permits cross-country skiing in areas of its forest preserves except on golf courses and at nature centers. And in the suburban areas, residents can ride snowmobiles and ice skate on lakes.
You can also lace up your skates and spin around any of the dozen rinks in the city, at locations including Millennium Park, at Wrigley Field and the John Hancock Observatory.
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