BEST Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago (& the Suburbs)

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 and around Chicago.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago

Below are the best outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago.

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”). Online ticketed reservations are required. Reservation dates are released 2 weeks in advance of session date. Limited walk-up reservations for those without internet access or credit/debit cards may be available based on capacity. You may have wait for next session with available capacity.

In addition to open skating, free skating lessons teaching beginner and intermediate ice skating and hockey skill are available from 8–9am on most Saturdays and Sundays (reservations required).

When: November 19, 2021—March 6, 2022 (open daily weather permitting).  Closures due to severe weather will be posted on Millennium Park’s facebook and twitter pages.

Cost: Admission is FREE. Rates for skate rentals and sharpening are: $13 Monday–Thursday, $15 Friday-Sunday and Holidays, $10 Skate-aide (under 42 inches), $9 Skate Sharpening, $1 Storage Rental+ $1 processing fee per transaction.

Where: Millenium Park Ice Rink, 11 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

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. This season, Van Gogh-inspired visuals will be displayed on the ice from the Immersive Van Gogh Chicago experience.

When: November 19, 2021 – March 13, 2022. Reservations are required and are released on a rolling basis. Make sure to choose your dates carefully as there are NO refunds or transfers. (The Ugly Sweater Skate is December 16 5pm & 8pm sessions.)

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

Winterland Ice Rink at Gallagher Way

 

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The Rink at Gallagher Way is back this year with an 8,000-square-foot ice rink for skaters of all skill levels to skate on their own, participate in skating lessons, learn to curl and ride ice bumper cars (a new attraction in January).

Tip: The Wrigleyville location of the Christkindlmarket is also located here so you can combine both activities during the Christmas holiday season.

When: November 19, 2021 – 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. Penguin 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

There are several free public outdoor skating rinks throughout the city. In addition to open skate sessions, most rinks offer programming and some events throughout the season. (There are also 2 indoor ice rinks at McFetridge Sports Center and Morgan Park Sports Center that are open year-round.)

When: Outdoor rinks open November 26, 2021 until February, 2022.

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:

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

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Near Chicago

These outdoor ice skating rinks are located in the suburbs near Chicago.

Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Parkway Bank Park

 

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Parkway Bank Park’s great lawn will be transformed into Chicago Wolves Ice Rink, an NHL-sized, outdoor skating rink where visitors can skate under lights for a magical experience. Skaters concerned about inclement weather are encouraged to call the Parkway Bank Park hotline at 847-349-5009 or visit the Park’s Facebook or Instagram for updates regarding rink hours.

When: November 26, 2021 -February 27, 2022 (daily until January 4, 2022, select Sundays through February 2022). Skating hours vary by date – please check individual dates for hours.

Cost: Admission is FREE. Bring your own skates or rent skates for $8. FREE parking with validation.

Where: 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018

Ice Skating in the Commons

The Ice Skating in the Commons is part of the New Lennox annual “Christmas in the Commons” celebration, featuring visits with Santa, a holiday market, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Souvenir mugs and hot cocoa will be available for sale. Food trucks will also be on site each day.

When: December 4, 2021-January 2, 2022. Hours vary.

Cost: Free Admission; Skate rentals: $7-$7.50

Where: Village Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox

Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink

The Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink will open for open skate, stick & hockey.

When: Opens November 28, 2021. Dates and times change weekly. Check their facebook page for updates.

Where: Cicero Community Park, 3400 S. 53rd Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink (Orland Park Ice Rink)

The Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink will be operating under a restricted capacity of 50 people. Reservations can be made to skate up to 5 days in advance online, at Sportsplex, or at Village Hall. FREE Skate aides/walkers are available for use at the rink any time the warming house is open. First come, first serve.

When: November 27, 2021 through February 27, 2022. Hours vary.

Cost: Admission $3 per person (for both skaters and non-skaters).

Where: 15600 West Ave. & Fun Dr., Orland Park, IL 60462

Watts Center at Watts Park

Watts Center at Watts Park has two lighted outdoor ice rinks and is located on more than three acres of land at Watts Park. This unique facility is the home of figure skating lessons, ice hockey, and recreational skating. Season passes, class registration and ice rentals open now. 

Daily admission tickets will NOT be sold on weekends (Friday-Sunday) -only season pass holders will be able to skate on weekends. Limited daily admission tickets will be sold online for weekday skates (Monday-Thursday). Admission tickets will be available 72 hours in advance of time slot. Click here for daily admission tickets.

When: November 26, 2021 through February 27, 2022.

Cost: All Access Pass: Glencoe Residents (Ages 3- 64): $60 per person, Non Residents (3+): $120 per person, Children Under 3 & Resident Seniors (65+): FREE. Guest Passes(for guests that accompany the season passholder): 5 Visit Punch Pass: Resident $50, Non-Resident $75, 10 Visit Punch Pass: Resident $100, Non-Resident $150

Where: Watts Center, 305 Randolph Avenue, Glencoe, IL 60022

What is your favorite outdoor ice skating rink in Chicago?

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