ice skating

Skating figure eights is always fun, but skating at one of Chicago's new, unique ice rinks is the cherry atop this winter's cake. From a sky high rink to a lazy river like ribbon of ice, there's an ice skating rink to fit your every whim. Grab your mittens, scarf, sweetheart and a thermos of hot cocoa and head to one of these four unique Chicago ice skating rinks for a fun night of skating.


At the zoo...
Enjoy ice skating all winter long at Lincoln Park Zoo's Farm-in-the-Zoo. Visit with the animals then head to the red barn where an icy rink awaits. Bring your own skates or rent them at the Farmhouse. Warm up in the Main Barn and enjoy refreshments for purchase. Lockers will be available for rental, too. Admission is $5; bring your own skates or rent them for $5. Save $15 on 20 visits and/or skate rentals by purchasing an $85 pass at the Farmhouse. lpzoo.org

 

At a chicken and fish joint....
Parson's Chicken and Fish in trendy Logan Square recently transformed their patio - a beloved summer spot - into an ice skating rink. Enjoy seasonally-inspired food and drink menu either indoors or on the ice, and truly, what pairs better with ice skating than luscious fried chicken and hot spiked cider? Bring your own skates or rent them; admission is $5. parsonschickenandfish.com

 


On a rooftop...
Surrounded by the twinkling lights of Chicago's skyscrapers, the luxe Peninsula Hotel's Sky Rink is perhaps the tallest skating rink in Chicago. Tucked into a pine tree-filled winter wonderland, skating here is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Step into the onsite Chalet for a selection of hot beverages and snacks including: hot chocolate, cider, glühwein (a German, warm spiced wine), warm pretzels, funnel cakes and apple fritters. Suggested Donation of $15 per adult and $10 for children 12 years and under; all monies collected will be donated to two Chicago children's charities: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, and Hephzibah Children's Association. 

 

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

On a ribbon of ice...
The new ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park opens Dec. 13 on the north end of Grant Park. Chicagoans have been anxiously awaiting a chance to skate on the long, looping ribbon of this newest gem of a park, considered the sister park of Millennium Park. Admission to the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park will be free, however skate rentals will cost $12. chicagoparkdistrict.com