Winter Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago

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Ah, ice skating. A winter tradition, and one of the only things that will lure Chicagoans from their cozy fireside cocoons before heading back home for a cup of hot cocoa or cider. Whether you’re a novice or pro, getting out for at least one skate per season is a must. If you’re like me, you’ll spend half of your time on your butt, but that’s all part of the fun. And trust me, you won’t be the only one. Bring the kids, a date, or a group of friends — because when it’s 10 below zeo, it’s all about life’s little pleasures.

These ice skating rinks in Chicago are run by the Park District, so be sure to contact them with any inquiries regarding hours — especially on those inevitable massive snow days! The only exceptions are Skating in the Sky (operated by the John Hancock Center), the Rink at Wrigley (operated by Wrigley Field), and the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (operated by Millennium Park).

Find your closest rink, and grab your mittens and skates (or rent ’em there!). Most rinks open November 26th… better start practicing those triple axles!


Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock
More info here
875 N. Michigan Ave 94th Floor, Streeterville
312.654.5021
Open Jan. 1 2011 – April 8, 2012

Skating Fee: $5 for 25 minutes (plus admission to John Hancock Center)
Skate Rental: $1
Hours:
Every day 9am – 10:30pm


McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park
55 North Michigan Avenue, The Loop
312.742.5222
$10 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 18, 2011 – March 11, 2012

Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 8pm
Fri: 12pm – 10pm
Sat (through Dec.18): 10am – 10pm
Sat (beginning Jan. 8): 10am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm

Holiday Hours
Thurs, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving), 10am – 4pm
Fri, Dec. 24, 10am – 6pm
Sat, Dec. 25, 10am – 4pm
Fri, Dec. 31, 10am – 8pm
Sat, Jan. 1, 12pm – 9pm


Daley Bicentennial Plaza Ice Rink at Grant Park
337 E. Randolph St.,
The Loop
312.742.0064
$6 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2010 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours
Mon – Wed: 1pm – 9pm
Thurs: 1pm -6:30 pm
Fri: 1pm – 9 pm
Sat – Sun: 3:30pm – 8:30 pm


The Rink at Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St., Wrigleyville
773.404.2827
rinkatwrigley.com
Admission Fee: TBA
Skate Rental: TBA
Open: November 26, 2011 – February 26, 2012

Hours:
Mon – Fri: 2pm – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 8pm


McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Road, McKinley Park
312.747.5992
$6 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours:
Wed – Sun: 12:30pm – 7:30pm


Midway Plaisance Park
1130 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn), Hyde Park
312.745.2470
$4 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 7pm
Fri: 12pm – 4:30pm, 5pm – 7pm
Sat: 1pm – 9pm
Sun: 12pm – 7pm


Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111 St., Mt. Greenwood/Beverly
312.747.3690
$6 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours:
Wed – Sun: 12:30pm – 7:30pm


Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park
312.746.5735
$6 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours:
Wed – Sun: 12:30pm – 7:30pm
Open Christmas and New Year’s Day from 12pm – 4pm


Rowan Park
11546 S. Avenue L, Eggers Woods
773.646.1967
$6 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours:
Wed – Sun: 12:30pm – 7:30pm


Warren Park
6601 N. Western Ave., Rogers Park
773.761.8663
$6 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours:
Wed – Fri: 3pm – 5pm, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Sat – Sun: 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 3pm – 5pm, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
The ice rink will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.


West Lawn Park
4233 W. 65th St., West Lawn
773.284.6078
$6 skate rental; admission FREE.
Open Nov. 26, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Open Skate Hours:
Wed – Sun: 12:30pm – 7:30pm


McFetridge Sports Center, California Park, *Indoor Rink*
3843 N. California Ave., Irving Park
773.478.2609
$3 skate rental; admission is $4 for children 12 and younger, $5 for ages 13 and older, and $2 for seniors 60 and older.

Open Skate Hours:
All ages: Wed & Fri: 3:30pm – 5pm, Sat & Sun: 4:30pm – 6pm
Adults: Wed: 9:15pm – 10:30pm
Teens & Adults: Fri: 9:15pm – 10:45pm



** Most ice skating rinks in Chicago will stay open through February 26, 2012. On holidays, bad weather days, or toward the end of the season, it’s best to contact the Park District or the City of Chicago to ensure your rink will be open.

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