Last year, ice skating options throughout Chicago were sparse, but nearly every major rink is back in action this winter. Head to Maggie Daley Park to do laps around the skating ribbon, zoom across the sizable rink at Midway Plaisance Park or take your skates to the Rink at Gallagher Way, directly next to Wrigley Field. Skate rentals are available at many rinks, but you can often skate for free if you bring your own.
Winter in Chicago can quickly devolve into a barrage of frigid temperatures, slushy streets and icy sidewalks—but that doesn't mean giving up on things to do outside in Chicago. Throw on some boots and a heavy coat and find things to do outdoors this winter, such as a chilly visit to a Chicago park, a day on the ice rink in Millennium Park or a trip to Pilsen to see the 16th Street murals dusted in snow. If you're craving an escape from the city, you can find a spot for winter hiking, go skiing on a nearby hill or do some winter ziplining at The Forge adventure park. You don't need to stay cooped up until spring arrives—here's where you can find things to do outdoors during the winter in Chicago.
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