201 E. Randolph St.
Skate Rental: $12
Mondays–Thursdays, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Fridays, 12 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
If you’re looking for more of a traditional experience it’s hard to beat Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. During the winter, the delicious Park Grill removes all the furniture on their front patio and transforms the space into a magical skating rink. It doesn’t get more Chicago than skating in the Loop with the skyscrapers on one side and the Bean on the other. If you’re not the greatest skater in the world then you can show up an hour before the rink opens on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and take a free lesson.
337 E. Randolph St.
Skate Rental: $12 Monday–Thursday, $14 Friday–Sunday and holidays
Mondays–Thursdays, 12 p.m–8 p.m.; Fridays, 12 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
A growing Chicago favorite is Maggie Daley Park and its quarter-mile ice skating ribbon. It is completely different from a skating rink not just in its size but the fact that it has slopes and inclines which make it a more interesting rink to skate. The location gives you a great view of the skyline, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, the climbing walls, and other attractions at the park. New this year are the fast passes. For $35, visitors get skates and a locker for one person while supplies last. For $90, visitors get skates for two people, lockers for two people, and tumblers of hot chocolate along with the fast passes, but they must be purchased on site during skating ribbon hours.
3637 N. Clark St.
Admission: $5 for 13 and up, free for 12 and younger
Skate Rental: $10
Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
With historic Wrigley Field and the seasonal Christkindlmarket as a backdrop, The Rink is at the center The Park at Wrigley. The Rink welcomes all skill levels to skate at the Park this winter. Guests can skate the 8,000 square-foot ice rink that is illuminated by festive twinkle lights and outlined with striking glass dasher boards.