Whether you're looking for the best things to do during the holidays in Chicago or just want to divert yourself from the wintertime blues come January, ice skating rinks offer some of the best outdoor fun the city has to offer once chilly weather sets in. Skate beneath iconic Chicago attractions at downtown rinks located at Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park—the latter of which is dressed up in van Gogh-inspired designs this season—or check out free skating at a handful of neighborhood Chicago parks (just bear in mind that you'll need to make a reservation before visiting). You'll also find skating options at places like Wrigleyville's Gallagher Way, Navy Pier and in Rosemont. Best of all, you don't even need to own your own pair of skates, as all of these locations offer rentals for a small fee. Ready to lace up a pair of skates? Consult our list of the best ice skating rinks in Chicago.
With the exception of Maggie Daley Park, all Chicago Park District ice rinks open on November 26. All outdoor rinks operate weather permitting, so call ahead to confirm availability.