Winter doesn’t just bring cold, wind, snow, and ice; it also brings festive fun in the form of snowmen, sledding, and ice skating. And what better place to enjoy the winter fun than in Chicago? Chicago is a city that is home to some of the best places to play in the snow and on the ice. You have your choice between both indoor and outdoor facilities. So if you are looking for a place to enjoy some winter fun, check out the five best ice skating rinks in Chicago worth a visit this winter.
The best place for outdoor skating with a view of the city skyline is Millenium Park. Whether it’s during the holiday season and surrounded by lights and decorations or a typical weeknight with city views, this is a great place to spend your evening skating away. This park opens mid-November and remains open until mid-March. Ice skating is free, as are lessons on the weekends.
Turn a day at the zoo into an evening of ice skating. The Lincoln Park Zoo offers a great place to skate among the zoo lights from the end of November through mid-February. You can rent skates for $5, so even if you simply planned a trip to visit the animals and spontaneously decide to stay, skating is easy and affordable. For those who might not want to skate, there are plenty of zoo lights to look at as well as concessions and a nice warm area to hang out.
The Glenview Ice Center is more than just an ice hockey arena. In fact, this venue has a figure skating school, offers ice skating lessons, and hosts hockey matches. Plus, the Ice Center offers daily public skating hours with on-site equipment and skate rentals. For under $15 you can rent a pair of skates and spend some time skating inside out of the cold.
Another great indoor skating rink is the Skatium Ice Arena in Skokie. This rink is a year-round facility that offers public skating, hockey, and figure skating. The arena offers public skating hours daily, and you can rent skates and hit the ice for under $10. Additionally, if you would like to have a party here, you can rent a separate smaller rink for your private use.
Would you like to try skating around in an area that seems more like a speedway than an ice rink? If so, head down to Maggie Daley Park’s quarter-mile ice circuit. This ice facility near the Lake Michigan shoreline can host up to 700 skaters and is open daily from November through March.
Winter is a great time in Chicago to get out and enjoy some fun, and ice skating is just one of the many cold-weather activities you can try out. Whether you like indoor or outdoor ice skating, you have several venues to choose from — the best of which are on this list.