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The best ice skating rinks in Chicago

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

Photograph: Courtesy Maggie Daley Park

There are few things more festive than ice skating in Chicago. Lucky for us, the city is home to some epic indoor and outdoor ice rinks, offering plenty of opportunities to lace up this season. As you make your checklist of things to do during the holidays, add a trip to one of these icy Chicago attractions to the lineup. Psst: Most of the rinks on this list offer low-cost rentals if you haven't owned a pair of proper skates since second grade. We’ll see you on the ice and meet you by the hot chocolate!

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

Photograph: Patrick L. Pyszka
Things to do, Ice skating

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

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.

Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Courtesy Maggie Daley Park
Things to do, Ice skating

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

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.

Attractions, Zoo and aquariums

Brookfield Zoo rink

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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).

Things to do

Wentworth Ice Rink

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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.

Centennial Ice Rinks
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.

Glenview Ice Center
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. 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.

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 9:40–11pm, 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. Parents: Keep an eye out for classes for little ones, like Baby Blades, Toddler Crawl and Snowplow Sam.

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.

Skatium Ice Arena
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, and skate rental is $3.