Whether you're a future Blackhawk, a former Olympian, a weekend warrior, or a slightly sedentary office worker, there's something about ice skating that brings out the kid in all of us (especially if you are, in fact, a kid). It's fun, and it's also a great way to stick to those New Year's resolutions 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.
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, 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 17, 2017, through March 4, 2018.
Photo: Peninsula Hotel
On November 19th 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 hot dogs. There's a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children, and all proceeds benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Hephzibah Children’s Association. Opens November 18.
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 $12 Monday through Thursday and $14 Friday through Saturday. You can also get a fast pass that includes skate rental and a locker. Opens November 17.
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. Opens November 24.
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 2, and once it's frozen it's open for business.
Photo: MB Financial Park
Rosemont's MB Financial Park turns into "Frozemont" this winter. The center plaza becomes a NHL-sized 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 24.
Skate near the Friendly Confines this season at The Rink at the Park. The Park at Wrigley, 3637 N Clark Street, in addition to having a new outpost of the Christkindlmarket, will also have an 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Admission is $5 for people 13 and up and free for those ten and younger. Skate rental is $10. Opens November 24.
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