Add a twirl to your sightseeing itinerary this winter. Take one of these Chicago ice skating rinks for a spin and you'll also be stopping at some of the city's top attractions.
November 16, 2012 through mid-March 2013
Whether you're a pro on skates or a still a bit clumsy on the ice, the iconic ice rink in Millennium Park is a must-stop. More than 100,000 skaters twirl here every beneath a surround of twinkling tree lights.
Now in its 12th season, skating remains free and open to the public. Also free are the incredible views of the downtown skyline and Millennium Park's famed Cloud Gate sculpture which hovers above. Catch a look into the shiny, snow-dusted "Bean" before hitting the ice.
If you don't have skates of your own, the rink offers rentals for only $10 - though you may have to wait in a bit of a line.
Daily hours (weather permitting) for the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink are:
- Mondays through Thursdays: 12pm - 8pm
- Fridays: 12pm - 10pm
- Saturdays: 10am - 9pm
- Sundays: 10am - 9pm
November 23, 2012 through March 3, 2013
Held in the Chicago Cubs parking lot at the corner of Clark and Waveland, this outdoor rink draws visitors to the Friendly Confines not during the balmy baseball season, but during Chicago's festive winter months.
November 30, 2012 through January 6, 2013
January 1 through April 8, 2013
Winter WonderFest is a fantasy-like playground at Navy Pier filled with hundreds of trees, twinkling lights, all sorts of activities and a warmer alternative for the ice skater – an indoor rink.
Score views of Lake Michigan from more than 1,000 feet above ground while practicing pirouettes on this 94th-floor indoor skating rink.