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Wicker Park ice skating rink opens this weekend

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Nick Kotecki

The ice rink in Wicker Park opens to the public on Sunday, the organizers confirmed via email early Wednesday morning.

Alderman Joe Moreno, Chicago Parks staff and organizers will be on-hand for a ribbon cutting at noon on Sunday. After the ceremony, free skating will take place from noon–8pm. Members from the community are invited to bring food to share in the park's heated field house.

The rink begins regular daily hours on Monday. All ages skating will take place from 9am–7pm daily, and each day will wrap up with an adults-only skating hour from 7-8pm. No skate rentals are available, so you may have to scrounge through the bins at Chicago's many thrift stores or buy a fresh pair before you go.

The park's field house is open 9am–9pm as a warm space that also has restroom access. Monitor the state of the ice on the rink's Facebook page.

The rink wasn't just built for leisurely skating, though. Early-morning and late-night hockey games will occur from 7–9am and 8–9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays. Those who'd like to play should sign up by emailing All prospective players must read and sign this waiver.

Those who'd like to volunteer to maintain the ice (you may be able to drive a golf cart Zamboni!) can do so here.

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