Outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago
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.
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.
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.