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John Hancock Observatory Skating Rink Opens Jan. 1

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Skating rink at the John Hancock building (Credit: Julie Mann)

Skating rink at the John Hancock building (Credit: Julie Mann)

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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.


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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.

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