Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks In Chicago

Outdoor ice skating is one of the best outdoor activities in Chicago during late fall and winter. Luckily, there are many outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago

Below are are the best outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago. Please note that some of these rinks require advance reservations.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

people outdoor skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago with The Bean in the background

One of the best and picture perfect spots to go ice skating in Chicago is the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park right in front of Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”). Reservation, skate rental and other details will be announced soon.

When: November 19, 2021—March 6, 2022 (weather permitting).

Cost: Admission is free, but online reservations will be required.

Where: Millennium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, 201 E. Randolph St.

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

outdoor ice skating rink at Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago Illinois
The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago is one of the most picture perfect spots for ice skating (with great skyline views). Its path is twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink.

When: November 19, 2021 – March 13, 2022. Reservations are required and will be released on a rolling basis at noon starting November 8, 2021. Make sure to choose your dates carefully as there are NO refunds or transfers.

Cost: If you bring your own skates, skating is free for the 11 am session ONLY OR $5 + tax for the remaining sessions. You can rent skates for $16-$22 depending on date.

Where: 337 E Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

The Rink at Gallagher Way

The Rink at Gallagher Way is back in 2021 with an 8,000-square-foot ice rink after skipping last year. The Wrigleyville location of the Christkindlmarket is also located here so you can combine both activities.

When: November 19, 2021 through February 20, 2022, weather permitting.

Hours: General hours are Monday through Thursday: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. but hours differ on holidays and other special days

Cost: Admission is free for skaters 12 years and younger; $6 for skaters 13 years and older. Guests may bring their own skates or rent skates on-site for $12. Skate aids are available for $10 per hour. Bags can be checked for $2.

Where: Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Chicago Park District Community Rinks

Skate away at seven outdoor rinks that offer frozen fun throughout the city.

When: TBA

Cost: Free admission, skate rentals are $7. Most rinks provide special programming (skating lessons, hockey clinics, sled-assisted skating) for an additional fee.

Where: Various locations in the city:

Riis Ice Rink: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago (this park also has a sledding hill when it snows)
Warren Ice Rink: 6601 N. Western Ave., Chicago (there is also a sledding hill when it snows)
Wentworth Ice Rink: 5625 S. Mobile Ave., Chicago
Midway Plaisance Ice Rink: 1130 Midway Plaisance North, Chicago
McKinley Ice Rink: 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago
Mt. Greenwood Ice Rink: 3721 W. 111th St, Chicago

What is your favorite outdoor ice skating rink in Chicago?


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