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

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Photo by Sue Shekut

For my birthday in November, my boyfriend took me to a lovely gentle hike at Goodenow Grove near the  Plum Creek Forest Preserve in Crete township. Now that the first snow has fallen, it’s a great time to bundle up yourself and your kids if you have kids) and head to Plum Creek for a cold hike or a sledding adventure!  Plus Creek has a fantastic nature preserve complete with stuffed owls, live snakes and a project area for kids to learn about nature and make artwork. The Plum Creek Nature Center is part of Will County Forest Preserves and it looks like Will County has spent their conservation budget well. The trail is well maintained, the sledding hill is large and wide enough for many people to spend the day sledding on and the nature center guides are knowledgeable and friendly. Check out more about the nature center here.

Goodenow Grove has about four miles of hiking trails that crisscross the preserve. The Trail of Thoughts is  a 0.5-mile paved loop, leads around a pond filled with a cattail marsh to a wildlife observation deck.. The Pine Grove Trail, a 1-mile loop with a natural surface, provides you with a scenic overlook from the highest point in the preserve. For info on the Goodenew Grove Nature Preserve or Plum Creek Nature Center link here.

Will County Forest Preserve Winter Activities

Ice Skating
There are ice skating ponds at both Goodenow Grove and Monee Reservoir open to the public when conditions allow. Ice thickness is checked daily and conditions are posted on the website.

Sledding
There is a 40-foot high sledding hill at Goodenow Grove. Bring their own plastic sleds (no runners allowed), or rent a tube  at Plum Creek Nature Center. (Nature center is located within Goodenow Grove. Tube rental requires a driver’s license or state ID and $1.00/day/tube fee. after sledding you can warm up inside the Nature Center by the fireplace and enjoy a variety of nature-related exhibits. Goodenow Grove sled hill conditions are posted on the website.

As of 2010 a new new sledding hill is open at Butcher Road in the Forked Creek Greenway in Wilmington. This natural hill is not monitored for sledding conditions.

Snowshoeing
Enjoy snowshoeing  the winter trails in the Monee Reservoir’s 2.5-mile trail. You can bring your own or rent snowshoes at the Monee Reservoir concessions building. Then warm up by a wood-burning stove after your trek.

Cross-Country Skiing
Bring your cross country skills to Monee Reservoir, Goodenow Grove, and many other preserves to enjoy the quiet of nature in the winter and burn a lot of calories tredging along the trails..

Our Fall Hike Pics November, 2010 of Goodenew Grove and Plum Creek Nature Center

Plum Creek Nature Center. Photo by Sue Shekut

Trails at the Goodenew Grove Nature Preserve are well mapped and well marked.

Hiking Trails at Goodenow Grove. Photo by Sue Shekut

It’s difficult to get a perspective of how high the sledding hill is from the photo. But is’ a decent sized hill, high and wide enough for sledding.

View of the Sledding Hill from the Top at Goodenow Grove. Photo by Sue Shekut

The Hiking/Snowshoeing Path Sneaks Around a creek

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Photo by Sue Shekut

The nature center at Plum Creek is top notch!

Inside Plum Creek Nature Center. Photo by Sue Shekut

Snakes are one of the many animals kids can meet at the Plum Creek Nature Center. The Guide holds a gentle snake and let me pet it. Kids can too!

Plum Creek Nature Guide Showing off gentle snake. Photo by Sue Shekut

You know a forest preserve is a place to see and be seen when the rap community deems it a good place to shoot a video!

A Young Rap Artist Shooting a video on Goodenow Grove sledding hill! Photo by Sue Shekut

My boyfriend and I prefer to let our shadows leave our mark, instead of littering or damaging nature preserve property on our hike.

Goodenow Grove Forest Presrve in the Shadows! Photo by Sue Shekut

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