Take a spin under a snow-capped city skyline and along a ribbon of ice in the heart of downtown. Check out the free seasonal ice skating rinks in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
McCormick Tribune ice rink
Open November – March
Whether you’re a pro on skates or still just a little bit clumsy, the iconic skating rink in Millennium Park is a bucket list spot to take a spin on the ice. You’ll be surrounded with breathtaking wintery views of Chicago, including the downtown skyline, the magical lights on the city’s towering Christmas tree, and all the holiday lights reflected on the shining surface of Cloud Gate aka “The Bean.”
Admission is free. 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.
Free admission, skate rental $13 Monday – Thursday, $15 Friday – Sunday and holidays, $1 locker rentals
Maggie Daley skating ribbon
Open late November – March
This neighbor to Millennium Park is home to a picturesque ribbon of ice that meanders through snow-dusted pine trees, whimsical play spaces, and around soaring climbing walls. Its path is twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink — which also means you should check the Zamboni schedule to avoid the lengthy ice resurfacing times. Another tip: bring your own skates or buy a fast pass to skip the rental line.
Free admission, skate rental $13 Monday – Thursday, $15 Friday – Sunday and holidays, $2 locker rentals