Our Guide to the Best Skating Rinks
Bundle up, strap on your skates and hit the ice! The Chicagoland area offers multiple opportunities to make it to the rink this season.
Maggie Daley Park’s ice skating ribbon is a Chicago favorite during the winter months. Located in the heart of the city, a trip here makes for a great family-friendly activity or festive date night. Tickets are sold in advance with scheduled reservations due to the limited capacity.
This Evanston ice rink is a beloved family favorite. This winter, Warren Park has implemented a ticket system in order to best accommodate demand while following COVID-19 restrictions. They offer open skate and free admission with a skate rental of $7. Drop in and learn to skate for $10 or try your hand at stick and puck, and pond hockey ($8 for individuals or $10 for parent and child).
Millennium Park is bringing back their winter ice skating through the end of March for its 20th anniversary season. Online reservations are required but admission is free! They also offer free skating lessons on most Saturdays and Sundays. While you’re there, enjoy hot drinks and snacks from Momentum Coffee.
Ice skating is back at Gallagher Way this season. They’re open through February with free admission for those under 12 and $6 for those 13 and up. They offer skating and curling lessons, as well as a brand new attraction this year: ice bumper cars! Bump and swirl around the rink for ten minutes for only $15.
Mckinley Ice Rink has some great deals available this season with admittance available on a first-come-first-serve basis. General admission is free with the option to rent a pair of skates for $7. They also offer skating lessons for $10, in addition to stick and puck, and pond hockey ($8 for individuals, $10 for parent and child).