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The 12 best ice skating rinks in Chicago

Show off those figure eights while sliding around the best ice skating rinks in Chicago

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp
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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.

Ice skating rinks in Chicago

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  • Garfield Ridge

Want to watch planes fly out of Midway while you glide across the ice? Wentworth Park is located just to the west of Chicago's South Side airport and houses a skating rink that's open to guests five days a week. 

Skate rentals: $7

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  • Mount Greenwood

Not far from the Beverly Arts Center in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood, this ice rink is open five days a week and provides a limited number of walkers for those just learning to skate.

Skate rentals: $7

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  • Hyde Park

During the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Midway Plaisance Park was filled with amusement park rides and attractions. Today, the park serves as a connector between Jackson and Washington Park, and makes way for a sizable ice rink.

Skate rentals: $7

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  • Mckinley Park

Just off the South Western Avenue Boulevard, McKinley Park was built on a former horse racing track and has since become a popular green space for residents of Brighton Park and Back of the Yards. The park's ice rink is located near the intersection of Western Boulevard and West Pershing Road. 

Skate rentals: $7

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  • West Ridge

To the north of the delicious Indian restaurants that populate a section of Devon Avenue, you'll find Warren Park—it's the largest public park on the Far North Side of the city, and big enough to host its own ice rink.

Skate rentals: $7

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  • Morgan Park

This Chicago Park District facility on the far Southwest Side offers a year-round, NHL-sized indoor ice rink (with programs in hockey and figure skating as well as open skate on Sundays), a gymnastics center and a fitness center with cardio and yoga classes.

Open skate: $5 teens/adults, $4 kids, $2 senior citizens

Skate rentals: $3

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  • Irving Park
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McFetridge Sports Center, located in Irving Park, regularly hosts competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events. Open skate is available Saturdays from 4:40–6:10pm and Sundays 4:30–6:30pm (drop-in only—no reservations are accepted).

Open skate: $5 adults/teens, $4 children, $2 seniors

Skate rentals: $3 

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