Encyclopedia o f Chicago
Interpretive Digital Essay : Water in Chicago
Essay: People and the Port
Photo Essays:
Solitary Lives
City of Bridges
Chicago Harbors
Essay: Using the Chicago River
Photo Essays:
Goose Island
Indiana Dunes
Essay: Sanitation in Chicago
Photo Essays:
The Sanitary and Ship Canal
Water-Related Epidemics
Essay: Water and Urban Life
Photo Essays:
Houses and Water
Shoreline Development
Growing Up Along Water
Growing up along the Water

Other Winter Water Sports

A wide range of winter water sports drew Chicago children into the cold winter air. In the early twentieth century, immigrants from northern Europe brought winter sport traditions with them to Chicago. Other sports evolved here in response to popular trends, especially among teenagers.

Ice Fishing, Chicago, 1923

The son of a U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at Chicago ice fishes with his father. Ice fishing was a leisure activity that also might provide a fish for dinner.

See also: Leisure; Waterfront

Ice Boating, 1929

The short regular sailing season led hardy Chicagoans to develop ice boating on area lakes. The Frost Bite league out of Belmont Harbor continues this tradition into the twenty-first century.

See also: Sailing and Boating; Waterfront

Ice Hockey, 1923

Three young men scramble for the puck in a outdoor ice hockey game, as several young ladies look on. They appear to be skating on the Midway between Washington and Jackson Parks just to the south of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park in 1923. Later in the twentieth century, indoor skating rings across the region moved ice hockey from a winter to a yearround sport.

See also: Ice Hockey; Leisure

Ice Tennis, 1918

A less popular innovation was ice tennis, played here on an unidentified indoor space in Chicago in 1918. Two young men and two young women square off in this hybrid sport.

See also: Tennis

Ice Dancing, 1926

Ice dancing seems a natural evolution for teenage couples in Chicago. These two couples pose in dance positions at the Chicago Daily News Ice Carnival in 1926.

See also: Dance; Leisure