Whether you are as graceful as Michelle Kwan or a total disaster on skates, ice skating is a time-honored Chicago winter tradition. Plus, it is a ton of fun. Seriously, it is. Your kids will think so too.
Our fair city offers quite a few different skating venues (both indoor and outdoor). Here is a round-up of some of the best skating spots in the city. Even if you spend most of your time hanging on to the wall for dear life as your skates slip and slide in every which way, at least you can look forward to that post-skate hot chocolate, right?
Chicago Park District ice rinks will remain open through February 27, 2011(weather permitting). Hours and fees vary from location to location. Check out the Chicago Park District website for more details.
The Rink at Wrigley
Located at Addison and Clark; 312-617-7017
Your kids will love the opportunity to skate in the shadows of the Friendly Confines. Admission Fridays through Sundays is $10 per adult, $6 for children ages 12 and under. Skate rentals Fridays-Sundays are $10. Admission and skate rentals are half price Mondays through Thursdays.
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park
(Open through March 13, 2011)
Located in Millennium Park at Michigan and Washington Aves
You can’t beat the view at this lively outdoor rink. Admission is free and skate rental is available for $10. Hot chocolate and other concessions are conveniently located just next to the rink. Check the website for special themed events throughout the skating season (past examples include Michael Jackson tributes and Valentine’s Day couples skates).
Daley Bicentennial Plaza
Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.; 312-742-0064
Admission to this rink is free, but skate rentals will run you $7. Beginners can even take learn-to- skate classes (for ages 3-12)
McFetridge Sports Center
California Park, 3843 N. California Ave.; 773-478-2609
This indoor rink is a nice option for those really, really cold days! Open skate hours vary by age (All ages: Wednesday and Friday, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 4:30-6 p.m.; Adults: Wednesday, 9:15 – 10:30 p.m.; Teens and adults: Friday, 9:15 – 10:45 p.m.).
Admission is $4 for children 12 and younger, $5 for ages 13 and older, and $2 for seniors 60 and older. Skate rentals are available for $3. Learn to skate classes are offered for youth and adults.