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The 8 best ice skating rinks in Chicago

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

By Zach Long
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Don't get too bummed about the Chicago holiday traditions that aren't happening this year, because outdoor ice skating rinks are still open. You'll need to plan ahead (and account for some waiting) if you want to skate this year, as many rinks are taking reservations or limiting capacity on the ice. Thankfully, you don't need to own a pair of skates to take part in one of the best things to do during the holiday in Chicago—most rinks are offering rentals, though you're welcome to bring along your own blades. Follow up a few hours spent sliding around by taking in some Christmas lights in Chicago and don't forget to bundle up!

Heads up! Rink hours may vary based on weather conditions. We suggest calling ahead to confirm that rinks are operating.

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Ice skating rinks in Chicago

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1. Wentworth Park

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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. Because of its smaller size, the Wentworth Park rink is limited to 25 people, masks are required while skating and no more than two people may skate together.

Skate rentals: $7

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2. Mt. Greenwood Park

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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. As with all Chicago Park District ice rinks, capacity is limited to 50 people, masks are required while skating and no more than two people may skate together.

Skate rentals: $7

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3. Midway Plaisance Park

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During the World 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 with free admission during the winter months. Like all Chicago Park District rinks, there's a 50-person limit, masks are required while skating and no more than two people may skate together.

Skate rentals: $7

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4. McKinley Park

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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 South Archer Avenue. As with all Chicago Park District ice rinks, capacity is limited to 50 people, masks are required while skating and no more than two people may skate together.

Skate rentals: $7

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5. Parkway Bank Park

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Slide past the Hoffbräuhaus and Fogo de Chãu on the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Rosemont's Parkway Bank Park, where you can reserve a free 45-minute skating session every day through January (including holidays); the rink will also be open on Sundays through February. Use of the rink itself is free, but you'll need a credit card to hold your reservation online. 

Skate rentals: $8

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6. Warren Park

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To the north of the delicious Indian restaurants that populate a section of Devon Avenue, you'll find Warren Park—the largest public park on the Far North Side of the city. It's big enough to host its own ice rink, though as with all Chicago Park District ice rinks, capacity is limited to 50 people, masks are required while skating and no more than two people may skate together.

Skate rentals: $7

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7. Riis Park

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The Riis Park lagoons are off-limits during the winter, but near the playground at Fullerton Avenue and Meade Avenue you'll find a sizable skating rink in this Belmont Central park. As with all Chicago Park District ice rinks, capacity is limited to 50 people, masks are required while skating and no more than two people may skate together.

Skate rentals: $7

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