Polar vortex means one thing in Oak Park: It's igloo time

Family in Wright District builds structure twice as large as last year

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

While many lamented the onset of dangerously frigid temperatures brought on by the polar vortex in late January, one Oak Park family welcomed the cold snap.

Antony Wood and his family, who live in the 1000 block of Superior Street, used the cold spell to build their second igloo – the first came last year when the family built a structure in their front yard made of ice blocks they made in more than 200 milk cartons.

This year the family went bigger, using 421 cartons to build an igloo nine feet in diameter.

"We didn't drink one and a half cartons of milk a day," Wood said in a telephone interview, noting that their neighbors helped in the effort.

The surface area of the igloo is twice the size of last year's, big enough to sleep in, Wood said.

Wood and his son did sleep in the igloo the night after it was built – well, part of the night, at least. He said that while ice is a good insulator of heat, the opening to the structure allowed too much cold air to sleep comfortably all night.

The family now faces another problem – the swing in temperature threatens to melt their hard work on the igloo. Wood said they've covered the ice structure in several layers of snow and tarps to help protect the igloo until the temperature drops again.

tim@oakpark.com

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Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: February 6th, 2019 9:32 AM

may not a be a rocket scientist - but they are architects. Can't wait to climb into it, hope it doesn't melt.

Bryan Rekarson from Oak Park  

Posted: February 5th, 2019 7:25 PM

Just read a story about the young girl who was killed in the NW burbs on church property when the snow fort collapsed on her. What are our rocket scientists doing? Sleeping in snow forts. Glad everyone is safe now.

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