Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks

Show off those figure eights while sliding around some of the best ice skating rinks in Chicago
Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Courtesy Maggie Daley Park Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

It may be too warm to feel like winter just yet, but seasonal events and holiday parties will be here faster than you can say "Pass the egg nog." Luckily, Chicagoans have access to a city full of excellent indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, so between your many merry happenings, reserve time to hit the ice with your family and friends this winter.

Note: Ice skating hours may vary based on weather conditions. We suggest calling ahead before setting out to skate.

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Outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago

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Things to do

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens to the public for skating featuring some of the best views of the downtown skyline. Experience one of the city's most wonderful winter traditions from November 17—the same day as the city's 104th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration—to March 4, 2018. Admission is free and hours vary, but a great time is guaranteed.

Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Courtesy Maggie Daley Park
Things to do

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

The Maggie Daley Park ice ribbon looks like a Mario Kart track, but you won't have to worry about dodging koopa shells or banana peels while you glide around the quarter-mile circuit. The Park Department claims that the slippery ring can accommodate up to 700 skaters, so you'll need to arrive early if you want to set a new course record. The rink opens with the Millennium Park Lighting Ceremony and stays open until March 4, 2018.

Things to do

Ice Skating at Wentworth Park

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Want to watch planes fly out of Midway while you glide across the ice? Wentworth Park is your South Side spot. If you're looking for something to do after your fingers are frozen, consider heading south for a beer at the 5 Rabbits Cerveceria. The park's website has the upcoming season's ice rink hours.

Indoor ice skating rinks in Chicago

Sports and fitness, Gyms and fitness centers

Centennial Ice Rinks

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Located in Wilmette, Centennial Ice Rinks offer skating lessons in addition to public skating hours from September to June. The facility also contains a skate sharpener and a concession stand for post-skating snacks. Admission for children five and under is only $4, excluding their late-night Friday Night Skate. If you prefer the chilly outdoors, check out their partner rinks.

Attractions, Arcades and amusements

Glenview Ice Center

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Skaters of all ages can hit the rink at the Glenview Ice Center, which offers skating lessons, figure skating school, ice hockey and broomball. If you're up for a night of skating, Friday Night Meltdowns include a live DJ and disco lighting from 8:15pm to 10:15pm weekly. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for the evening for $4 per pair.

McFetridge Sports Center
Photograph courtesy of Chicago Park District
Sports and fitness

McFetridge Sports Center

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Skate on an NHL-sized indoor rink at one of the Chicago Park District's two indoor ice rinks (as well as its only indoor tennis courts). McFetridge Sports Center offers sports experiences for athletes of all ages. The facility regularly hosts competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events. Open skate is only available Friday 3:30–4:45pm and 9:30–11pm, Saturday 4:40–6:10pm and Sunday 4:30–6pm. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $3.

Sports and fitness, Sports centers

Morgan Park Sports Center

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This Chicago Park District facility on the far southwest side, completed in 2015, offers a year-round, NHL-sized indoor ice rink (with programs in hockey and figure skating as well as open skates), a gymnastics center and a fitness center with yoga classes and a jiujitsu school.

Attractions, Public spaces

Skatium Ice Arena

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Skatium Ice Arena in Skokie boasts a fullsize rink plus a smaller ice rink that can be rented for private parties. The venue offers hockey, figure skating and recreational skating year-round. Public skating hours vary weekly. Admission is $4.50–$5.50. Skate rental is $3.

Robert Crown Community Center Ice Rink
Courtesy Robert Crown Community Center
Attractions, Public spaces

Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex

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In addition to open skating, the Robert Crown Ice Complex in Evanston provides figure skating, hockey, speedskating and broomball. There's a main NHL-sized rink plus a smaller, studio one for perfecting pirouettes. Public skating starts at $4 for students with school IDs. Skate rental is $3 daily.