The familiar red and white umbrellas are off to the side now, and Parson's Chicken & Fish has brought back its ice skating rink for the second year. It's a little different this year though—since the weather didn't cooperate when Parson's flooded its back patio last year, the restaurant is trying out a synthetic rink, which stays skate-ready whether it's below freezing or a 45-degree day in January (we can dream, right?)
To celebrate the rink's opening, Parson's is throwing a party on Saturday from 2–6pm, with hot cider and drink specials to warm up after a spin around the rink—and with snow in the forecast, you'll need it. Bring your own skates or rent some for a $5 suggested donation to Big Brother Big Sisters. After Saturday, the rink will be open Monday–Friday from 5–10pm and Saturday and Sunday from noon–10pm.
Want more? Check out our full guide to ice skating rinks around Chicago.