One of the best parts about winter in Chicago is the array of charming ice rinks that pop up all across the city. These seasonal rinks are a beloved winter tradition. So grab your skates and check out these downtown and neighborhood ice skating rinks in Chicago. Most rinks are open mid-November through March, weather permitting.
This year, the Chicago Park District is limiting ice rink capacity to 50 people and
Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Maggie Daley Park, neighboring Millennium Park, offers a picturesque skating ribbon that curves through the whimsical play spaces and snow-dusted pine trees. Its path is twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Skate rentals start at $16, admission is $5.
In historic Hyde Park, the Midway Plaisance ice skating rink is located at the site of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. The rink is located between Jackson and Washington Parks, which are both excellent spots for a scenic winter walk. Skate rentals are $7.
One of the city’s biggest public parks, Warren Park is located in the West Ride neighborhood. In the winter, you’ll find locals twirling on the seasonal ice rink. Afterward, warm up with a bowl of authentic curry on Devon Avenue, where you can sample cuisines from around the world. Skate rentals are $7.
Mt. Greenwood Park
In the Beverly neighborhood, the rink at Mt. Greenwood Park is the perfect spot for beginner skaters. Walkers are available to rent if you’re feeling a bit wobbly on the ice.
Update: The following rinks are closed for the 2020/2021 season, check back next year!
McCormick Tribune ice rink
The skating rink in Millennium Park is must-do for any winter visit to Chicago. Stop for a spin on the ice in the heart of downtown, while you take in breathtaking views of the downtown city skyline and the magical sight of all those holiday lights reflected on the surface of Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”).
Admission is free and skate rentals are available. But here’s a tip: Each year more than 100,000 skaters visit the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, so plan to go during off-times to avoid the big crowds and long lines for skate rentals.
Open November – March (weather permitting)
Sky Rink at Peninsula Chicago
The luxury hotel’s Sky Rink comes with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding cityscape. This charming rink is perched high above the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue on the hotel’s fourth-floor terrace. Bonus: The outdoor chalet has a tasty menu of winter warmups, from mulled cider to fresh beignets. The price of admission includes skates and benefits children’s charities.
Open November – first week of March (call ahead for hours and availability)
Ice rink at Navy Pier Winter WonderFest
Winter WonderFest is a massive, festive indoor playground filled with hundreds of trees, twinkling lights, and tons of holiday-themed fun. And the indoor ice rink means skating thrills without any of the chill. Upgrade from General Admission to an Activity Ticket for access to over 25 rides and activities, plus the ice rink with skate rentals.
Open December – January