One of the best parts of the winter months is grabbing a pair of skates and gliding across an ice skating rink in Chicago. There are plenty of picturesque outdoor and climate-controlled indoor skating rinks to to choose from, depending on your preference.
Here’s your guide to the ice skating rinks in Chicago.
Ice Skating in Millennium Park (The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink)
Open Friday, November 18 2016 – Monday, March 6 2017
Get in some ice skating while also taking in beautiful views of the downtown Chicago skyline. This ice rink is free and open to the public – ice skates can be rented for an additional fee.
Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park
Admission is free. $12/skate rental. $2/locker rental.
Open mid-November through March
A newer addition to Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park looks a little like a Mario Kart track. The capacity is 700 skaters, but try to go on a day that’s not too busy for the most fun experience.
Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo
$5 admission, $5 skate rental
Open Friday, November 25 2016 – Sunday, February 26 2017
Lincoln Park Zoo is the perfect ice skating rink in Chicago for families. It’s fun to stop by the zoo to see the animals, then do something a little different than usual while you’re there. In addition to the ice skating rink at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Main Barn is open with concessions, and as a place for skaters to warm up when it’s getting cold.
Ice Skating at Wentworth Park
$6 skate rental
Wentworth Park is an interesting place to ice skate in Chicago. On one hand, you can watch the planes fly out of Midway while you’re gliding with your family and friends across the ice. Or, if you’re starting to get a little cold, warm up with a beer at nearby 5 Rabbit Cerveceria.
General admission $10, activity tickets $25
Open Friday December 2 2016 – Sunday January 8 2017
Besides ice skating, the Winter Wonderfest offers a number of fun activities, including:
Toboggan tunnel, winter mini golf, and a 15-foot “snow tubing” hill. But when it comes down to it, most people flock to the Blackhawks ice skating rink, and assorted carnival rides.
McFetridge Sports Center
Open skate $5, skate rentals $3
The McFetridge Sports Center houses one of the Chicago Park District’s two indoor ice rinks and it’s only indoor tennis courts. They also regularly host competitive and recreational ice skating, special events, and hockey and tennis programs. At this sports center, you’ll find sports experiences for athletes of all ages.
Pretend you’re on the Chicago Blackhawks – this brand new facility offers a year-round NHL-sized indoor ice rink. It has everything from open skates to programs in hockey and figure skating. If burning calories on the ice isn’t exactly your thing, you’ll be happy to know that there’s also a gymnastic center and fitness center with a variety of classes to choose from!
Whether you prefer skating indoors or outdoors, there are so many ice skating rinks in Chicago to choose from. Which ones will you be checking out this winter? We’d love to hear about your plans in the comments below!
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