While many people think of summer as being the best season for outdoor activities, winter shouldn’t be counted out when it comes to outdoor fun. Whether you’re a novice looking to try something new, looking to make a memorable first date or a family with small kids looking for an adventure; ice skating can be a great way to have fun even when it’s cold outside. Chicago has a number of ice skating rinks to choose from, whether you’re looking for the typical outdoor rink or something state-of-the-art indoors. Rather than staying inside all winter long, make the most of an exciting winter sport that can sometimes get overlooked.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
In the heart of Chicago, Millennium Park is an attraction that brings visitors year-round. The ice skating rink is open from November 15, 2013 to March 9, 2014. There is no cost for admission, locker rentals are only $1 and skate rentals are $10. For those looking to bring their own skates, there is a skate sharpening feature for $9. Head to the rink an hour before opening on Fridays and Saturdays and you can partake in free ice skating lessons starting at 11 a.m.
McFetridge Sports Center
3843 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
This is part of the Chicago Park District and features its only indoor ice skating rink, which was recently replaced as part of the $5.4 million renovation. Public skating for all ages is on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 4:40 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. and Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays from 9:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. is reserved for teen and adult ice skating. Check out the class schedules to find out how to register for the tot, freestyle or ice dance classes.
5625 S. Mobile Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
This is an outdoor skating rink that offers free admission for children and students with a school ID. Adult admission is $3, skate rentals are $6 and there are special prices for families including skate rentals at $9.95. There are a number of different skating schedules to choose from whether it’s learning to skate or playing hockey. However, for those looking to just spend some time on the ice, there are plenty of open skate and family skate dates and times to choose from.
Midway Plaisance Park
1130 Midway Plaisance N.
Chicago, IL 60637
This is an outdoor skating rink open from November 29, 2013 to February 23, 2014. Skate rentals are $6, adult admission is $3 with a $7 price for adults looking to combine admission with skate rentals. Fridays offer a family evening skate from 6:30 p.m to 9 p.m. for $9.95. Offering a wide expanse and free street parking, this is a great ice skating rink to bring the kids. Instead of fighting downtown traffic or having to pay for underground parking, this is a rink in the city that offers convenience and a huge skating area.
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