Celebrating Winter Fun at Chicago Ice Skating Rinks

Chicago Ice Skating Rinks
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 2:17pm

Whether you're a future Blackhawk, a former Olympian, a weekend warrior, or a slightly sedentary office worker, there's something about ice skating in Chicago that brings out the kid in all of us (especially if you are, in fact, a kid).

Ice skating is not only fun, it's also a great way to fight the holiday weight gain since you can burn a few hundred calories an hour. 

During the cold winter months in Chicago, ice skating is one of the most popular things to do. Families, couples, and friends can ice skate all over the city from neighborhood park facilities to downtown along Michigan Avenue to above the Magnificent Mile. Here are some of the best places to go ice skating in Chicago.

Ice Skating in Chicago

Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink

Photo: City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

One of the most scenic skating rinks in the city is the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink. Located just off Michigan Avenue in Millennium Park, the rink offers free ice skating from November through the first part of March. Skate rental is $12 Monday through Thursday and $14 Friday through Sunday. Open November 16, 2018, through March 10, 2019.

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Peninsula Sky Rink

Photo: Peninsula Hotel

On November 17th, the famed Peninsula hotel turns their fourth floor terrace into the Peninsula Sky Rink, complete with pine trees and snowflake lighting. Glide above the fray of the Magnificent Mile with hot cider, hot chocolate, and other treats. There's a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for children, and all proceeds benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Hephzibah Children’s Association.

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McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink

The Maggie Daley Park skating ribbon is twice as long as a regular rink lap and winds around the climbing towers, bringing the alpine to the city. Admission is free and skate rental is $13 Monday through Thursday and $15 Friday through Sunday and holidays. You can also get a fast pass that includes skate rental and a locker. Opens November 16, 2018


Chicago Park District Ice Skating Rinks

Photo: Chicago Park District

There are several ice skating rinks operated by the Chicago Park District around the city. They're sponsored by the Chicago Blackhawks, so you better believe there's hockey - Stick & Puck, Pond Hockey, and Rat Hockey. Skating is free for children and students and just $5 for adults. Seniors and military $2. Skate rental is $6. If you're just getting started many of the rinks offer lessons for $10 including skate rental and entry to the following open skate.


Wicker ICE Skating Rink in Wicker Park

Photo: Wicker Ice

Wicker Park has its own ice skating rink, too. Unlike many of the other neighborhoods rinks, Wicker Ice is funded and maintained by the community surrounding it. They're scheduled to fill the rink on December 1, 2018, and once it's frozen it's open for business. Open through February 28, 2019


Frozemont ice skating rink at MB Financial Park in Rosemont

Photo: Parkway Bank Park

Rosemont's Parkway Bank Park turns into a cold-weather destination each winter. The center plaza becomes the NHL-sized Chicago Wolves Ice Rink with free admission and $8 skate rental. The rink's open evenings Monday through Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Opens November 23 through January 4, 2019

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337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Maggie Daley Park is a lakefront recreation center featuring a climbing wall, a skating ribbon, and giant playground.
Maggie Daley Park
5501 Park Place, Rosemont, 60018
MB Financial Park at Rosemont features live music, outdoor festivals, casual dining, lively bars, bowling, and outdoor patios.
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL
How much: Skating is free and skate rental is $12.
More than 100,000 people visit this ice skating rink each year.
McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink
108 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-2888
Expect luxurious, king-size beds, spacious sitting areas, separate work spaces, marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and free Wi-Fi.
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