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Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks In Chicago

Outdoor ice skating is one of the best things to do in Chicago in the winter – especially this year that some indoor places are closed. Luckily, there are many outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago and the suburbs that are open right now.

Due to current events, some changes have been made this year. Many ice skating ribbons in and near Chicago require advance reservations and are filling up quickly.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago

Below are all the outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago that are open this winter.

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

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: Open daily through February 28, 2021 (weather permitting). Reservations are required and can be made  weeks in advance. See the official website for hours and to make a reservation.

Cost: Skating costs $5 if you bring your own skates. You can rent skates for $16-$20 depending on date.

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

(There is usually a nearby ice skating rink open in Millennium Park in front of the Bean, but it is closed this winter season)

Chicago Park District Community Rinks

Skate away at seven outdoor rinks that offer frozen fun throughout the city. Capacity is limited to 50 people at all Chicago Park District ice rinks (the Wentworth Park rink is limited to 25 people). Most rinks have occupancy limits on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Through February 15, 2021

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

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Near Chicago

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

Dan Capuano Ice Rink

The Dan Capuano Ice Rink is open for a few hours a week for open skate and hockey.
For more information, call (708) 229-3373.

When: Check their website for upcoming dates and times.

Cost: Open skate fees are $4 for Resident Youths under 18, $5 for Resident Adults (Non-Residents, add $1). Hockey costs $6 for residents and $7 for non-residents.

Where: 8900 S. Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park

Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Parkway Bank Park

 

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Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Parkway Bank Park requires online advance reservations of 45-minute skating session. A credit card is required to hold your reservation online.

When: Daily through February 28, 2021

Cost: Admission is FREE, however a credit card is required to hold reservations. Bring your own skates or rent skates online for $8.

Where: 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018

Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink

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

When: Dates and times change weekly. Check their facebook page for updates. Closed for the season as of March 5, 2021.

Cost: Cicero residents can skate for $1 and rent skates for $1; Non-residents can skate for $5 and rent skates for $3

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

Watts Center at Watts Park

Watts Center has two lighted outdoor ice rinks and is located on more than three acres of land at Watts Park, which includes three tennis courts, a disc golf course, and soccer fields. This unique facility is the home of figure skating lessons, ice hockey, and recreational skating. Access to the rinks will require the online purchase of a season pass and a time slot reservation (reservations open 72 hours before each time slot). There will be no daily passes sold this winter and the number of season passes sold will be limited. Guest passes will be available to season pass holders.

When: November 27, 2020 – February 28, 2021

Cost: Skating Pass: $50/75; Hockey Pass: $150/225; Guest Passes (5 visits): $50/75

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

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink in Orland Park

The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink is currently 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.

Cost: All skaters must be registered and pay the $3 fee. Fee is per person and includes skate rental for those that wish to rent, or you can bring your own.

Where: 14700 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462

Central Athletic Complex Ice Rink — Wheaton

Central Athletic Complex ice rink access will require advance reservations and tickets ​this season. Rink access is only available during posted hours and with a pre-purchased, timed-entry ticket.
Reservations may be made up to 7 days in advance, are valid for the selected 45-minute time slot, and are non-refundable.

When: 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sundays

Cost: Free for residents, Cost for nonresidents is $7 for adults or $5 for children (17 & under) and seniors (55 & over)

Where: Central Athletic Complex, 500 S. Naperville Rd., Wheaton

Have you visited any outdoor ice skating rinks in or near Chicago this winter?

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