John Hancock Observatory Skating Rink Opens Jan. 1

CHICAGO (WBBM) — They are calling it “Skating in the Sky.”

As Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports, a new skating rink will open on New Year’s Day—about 1,000 feet above Chicago at the John Hancock Observatory.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty Reports

The 1,000-square-foot rink is made of synthetic “ice,” and it doesn’t require freezing or extra padding for skaters because it’s softer than traditional ice, says General Manager Daniel Thomas. The rink is big enough for about 20 skaters.

Thomas has been working for three years to bring the rink to the Hancock’s 94th floor.

On hand to christen the rink were two penguins from the Shedd Aquarium and a handful of tot-sized skaters, too.

The rink will remain open through the end of March. Hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

A 25-minute skating session will cost $5—in addition to a regular ticket ($10-$15) to the Hancock Observatory. You can rent skates there for $1, too.

  • jane

    $21 for 25 minutes of skating. Yeah, I don’t think so. A true rip-off.

    • shakwiki

      Do you not know how to read? Its not $21

  • b-lo

    rEAD THE article better.. 25 minutes for $5.00

    • math genius

      b-lo – You need to learn to read better…$5 to skate, $1 for skates, $10-$15 to get in = $16-$21

  • SK8S


    Read the article better! $5 for skating, $15 for a ticket to the top and $1 for skates. That equals $21. rereading the article before you call someone out on it…

  • ChippewaDave

    b-lo, it is $5 to skate but $10-$15 to get to the skating rink so it’s $15-$20 for 25 minutes if you have your own skates.

    • bkb

      Maybe you need to learn how to read better. It can cost up to $21 but its not only for 25 minutes. The session is 25 min but you can skate all day if you want to. Geez.

      • Jen Zak

        yep you can skate all day at $5 for a 25 min session.

  • ChippewaDave

    Ok, let’s stop picking on b-lo.

  • Genius

    b-lo average intelligence

  • bonas

    10-15$ is a sunk cost.

  • Dave

    Like you’d get off the couch jane.

  • Steve

    Wow it’s no wonder that America has fallen to about 50th place in math scores … if this was difficult I would hate to see the answers if it involved multiplication !!!!!!!

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