Practice Your Figure Eight at these Four Favorite Ice Skating Rinks

Some thought—and prayed—winter wouldn't arrive, but it's finally hear. Enjoy the weather at these ice skating rinks.

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Some thought—and prayed—winter wouldn’t arrive, but it’s finally hear. Enjoy the weather at these ice skating rinks.

Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon

Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon

Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon

337 E. Randolph St.
Admission: Free
Skate Rental: $12 Monday–Thursday, $14 Friday–Sunday and holidays
Through first week of March 2017

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.
Check website for holiday hours

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 to make it a more interesting. 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.

 

Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

201 E. Randolph St.
Admission: Free
Skate Rental: $12
Through March 5, 2017
Mondays–Thursdays, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Fridays, 12 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays (through Jan. 7), 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays (Jan. 14–March 4), 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Check website for holiday hours
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.

 

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N. Clark St.
Admission: $5
Skate Rental: $5
Through Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
Through Dec. 16, Mondays–Fridays 4 p.m.–9 p.m and on Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m.–9 p.m.; Dec. 17–Jan. 1, 12 p.m.–9 p.m. and closed Dec. 24 and 25; Jan. 6–Feb. 26, Fridays 4 p.m.–8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Check website for more hours
If you’re headed to ZooLights to check the spectacular light display and animals, then don’t miss out on the ice skating rink. Located at Farm-in-the-Zoo you can enjoy some refreshments inside the main barn before braving the cold weather and strapping on some skates.

 

The Peninsula Sky Rink

108 E. Superior St.
Open to the public
Suggested Donation: $15 per adult and $10 for children 12 years and under
All monies collected will be donated to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Hephzibah Children’s Association
Call the hotel for availability at (312)-337-2888
Don’t leave Chicago without trying out The Peninsula’s Sky Rink. This 2,100-sq. ft. rink is on the fourth-floor terrace of the hotel with excellent views of the skyscrapers and architecture on Michigan Avenue. They also have an outdoor chalet with treats like cider, hot chocolate and hot dogs.


Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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