CHICAGO (STMW) — Ice skating rinks at seven parks across the city will open for the season Friday, with a brand-new eighth rink set to open next month.

New this year, the rinks will feature special programs, including ice skating lessons, pickup hockey games and hockey skills classes, according to the Chicago Park District.

In December a new skating rink in Wentworth Park, at 5625 S. Mobile Ave., will also open to the public.

Open skating is available every day the rinks are open, weather permitting through Feb. 23, 2014, the park district said. Rinks are closed Christmas Day.

Admission costs $3, but children and students with a valid ID are admitted for free. Skate rental costs $6, but adults can pay $7 for combined admission and skate rental.

During Friday evening family skate from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., families can pay a flat $10 for admission and skate rental, according to the park district’s website.

All rinks also offer sled-assisted skating for no extra fee, although advance reservations are required.

Ice rinks already open as of Friday are located at the following parks:

  • McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave.
  • McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
  • Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North
  • Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.
  • Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
  • Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L
  • Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.

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