Outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago
Situated inside Millennium Park, this busy ice rink offers sweeping views of the city skyline. Newbies can take advantage of free skating lessons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays an hour before the rink opens to the public. Experience one of Chicago's most wonderful winter traditions from November 16—the same day as the city's 105th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration—to March 10, 2019. Admission is free and hours vary, but a great time is guaranteed.
This unparalleled downtown attraction 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 on November 16.
This year, the Brookfield Zoo teamed up with the Chicago Wolves and the Chicago Zoological Society to debut a temporary, energy-efficient skating rink that's made of heat-pressed layers of polymers (so, no ice involved).
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.
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.
Skaters of all ages can hit the rink at the Glenview Ice Center, which offers skating lessons, figure skating school, ice hockey and broomball. Plus, regulars can look out for themed skate nights and season skating passes. Admission to the rink is $7–$8, and you can rent a pair of skates for $4.
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 9:40–11pm, Saturday 4:40–6:10pm and Sunday 4:30–6pm. Admission is $5, and skate rental is $3.
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. Parents: Keep an eye out for classes for little ones, like Baby Blades, Toddler Crawl and Snowplow Sam.
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.
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, and skate rental is $3.