The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. For most of the Midwest, it's time to grab your flannel pajamas and snuggle up with your TiVo. But the optimists that live in this city have learned to make the best of a very cold situation. Chicago's winter attractions, like its nine public ice skating rinks, are enough to bring anyone out of hibernation.
THE LOCAL FAVORITE
The most well-known outdoor ice rink in Chicago is the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park. This rink's location simply cannot be matched if you are looking for a big-city experience. It's nestled between the famed (and fabulous) The Magnificent Mile and the stunning blue backdrop of Lake Michigan. The rink offers convenient daytime, evening, weekend, and holiday hours, along with skate rental. It's accessible by the Blue, Red, Pink, Orange, Green, and Brown lines. For more information, click here.
THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY SPOTS
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is a first choice for many visitors and locals, which, at times, can lead to large crowds (less than ideal for family's with children still learning to skate). Luckily, Chicago's Park District offers a collection of other skating rinks. You can access a comprehensive list of the city's ice rinks by clicking here.
A great family friendly ice rink is located at Warren Park in Chicago's Roger's Park neighborhood. This rink is quieter than Millennium Park's, but still provides a great opportunity for a whole-family winter romp. For a comprehensive list of area rinks, click here.
THE INDOOR RINK
If the elements prove to be too much to handle, Chicago offers an indoor rink at McFetridge Sports Center. This rink, located in the Ravenswood Neighborhood is also a family-friendly, less crowded option for Chicago's visitors looking to beat the big-city traffic. Parking is also much more manageable at both the Warren Park and McFetridge ice rinks than at the Millennium Park location.
If those options don't get you jumping into your long johns, maybe this will. Every year, Chicago's iconic Wrigley Field (located steps away from the Addison Red Line stop) is transformed into an icy wonderland. The Rink at Wrigley has extensive daytime, evening, weekend, and holiday hours and offers the chance to skate the day away on the very spot where the beloved Chicago Cubs play.
It's a great time to beat those winter blues and get out and enjoy Chicago!