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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

In Chicago, we don’t need to wait for the first snowfall to get our skate on! There are at least two well-known out-door ice skating rinks that are now open for Chicago children and adults this winter. The Rink at Millennium Park and the rink at Wrigley Field. List compiled from Chicago Park District site and Explore Chicago.

Ice Skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

The Rink in Millennium Park will opened Friday, November 18, 2011 and will remain open through Sunday, March 11, 2012. Skate rental is available for $10. The ice rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison streets.

Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Grant Park

Ice Rink at Daley Plaza

337 E. Randolph St.
312.742.0064
$7 skate rental; admission free.

Open Skate Hours: Monday – Friday, 1 – 9 pm, Saturday – Sunday, 3:30-8:30 pm

No food concessions available.

Ice Skating at WRIGLEY FIELD!

For the third consecutive year, an ice skating rink will welcome skaters to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field this winter, thanks to the generosity of the Ricketts family and the Chicago Cubs, 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, Westrec Marinas, the Central Lakeview Merchants Association, Patch Landscaping and the Lake View Citizens’ Council.  Skate in the Cubs parking lot at the corner of Clark and Waveland. For more information – 312-617-7017.

Ice Rink at Wrigley Field

The Rink at Wrigley
1060 W. Addison St. – Addison St. and Clark St.
312.617.7017

Note: Due to unusually high temperatures the Rink at Wrigley will not open until further notice. Skating was slated to be open from November 25, 2011 through February 26, 2012. Check the website for updates as temperatures cool:  http://www.rinkatwrigley.com for more information.

McKinley Park

Ice Rink at McKinley Park

 

2210 W. Pershing Road
312.747.5992
$6 skate rental; admission free.

Open Skate Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.

No food concessions available.

Midway Plaisance Park

Ice Rink at Midway Plaisance Park

 

1130 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn)
312.745.2470
$6 skate rental; admission free

Open Skate Hours: Monday – Friday, 12 – 7 p.m., Saturday, 1 – 9 p.m.. Sunday, 12 – 7 p.m.

Food concessions available.

 

Mt. Greenwood Park

3721 W. 111 St.
312.747.3690
$6 skate rental; admission free.

Open Skate Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.

No food concessions available.

Riis Park

6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
312.746.5735
$6 skate rental; admission free.

Open Skate Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.

No food concessions  available.

Rowan Park

11546 S. Avenue L
773.646.1967
$6 skate rental; admission free.

Open Skate Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.

No food concessions available.

Warren Park

6601 N. Western Ave.
773.761.8663
$6 skate rental; admission free.

Open Skate Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, 3-5 pm, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

No food concessions available.

West Lawn Park

4233 W. 65th St.
773.284.6078
$6 skate rental; admission free.

Open Skate Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.

No food concessions available.

Indoor Rinks

McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink

McCormick Plaza Rink

Ice Skating Chicago

Located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street  between Washington and Madison Streets).

Now in its tenth season, the rink is scheduled to remain open through Sunday, March 13, 2011 this year (weather permitting). Admission to the rink is free and skates are available to rent for $10. Try free ice skating and ice dancing lessons in February during Chicago Winter Dance.

Skate rental is available for $10.

The 16,000 square foot ice skating rink has a state-of-the-art chiller system that can maintain the ice even in the event of unseasonably warm weather. Several factors would need to be considered before the rink is closed. If you have questions about the weather, please call 312-742-5222 before you come.

Hours:

Regular Hours

  • Mondays—Thursdays 12PM-8PM
  • Fridays 12PM-10PM
  • Saturdays—Sundays 10AM-9PM

Chicago Winter Dance Extended Weekend Hours in February

  • Fridays 12PM-11PM
  • Saturdays 8AM-11PM
  • Sundays 8AM-9PM

McFetridge Sports Center, California Park

Ice Rink at McFetridge Sports Center

3843 N. California Ave.
773.478.2609
Indoor Rink – open year-round except for the month of August
$3 skate rental; admission is $4 for children 12 and younger, $5 for ages 13 and older, and $2 for seniors 60 and older.

Open Skate Hours:
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 & Adults: Friday, 9:15 – 10:45 p.m.

Food concessions available.

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