ice skating

It’s February, typically that time when the excitement of the first snow has worn off and you’re ready for a trip to Jamaica. Friends, Chicago is still a winter wonderland, so adjust that Priceline search! The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cup Champs!) sponsor Chicago’s public ice rinks programs, and just like the team, the offerings are bar none. Here are my favorite ways to skate away the remainder of the winter.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park Ice Skating

Nestled in between the fabulous Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan, this is probably the most popular place to get your skate on in Chicago. And it’s easy to see why. The location is incomparable and a perfect stop along your Mag Mile tour.

Warren Park

ice skating

Millennium Park, while great for all ages, can sometimes be crowded. If you want some more skating space, while still being in a beautiful location, give Warren Park a try. It can be a great place for kids still learning to skate.

Midway Plaisance Park

This is a great option for the sports fan in the family. With plenty of open skate hours, and programs for your little hockey player. The rink is huge and has regulation hockey lines, so you can pretend you're Kaner.

Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinics

Chicago Blackhawks Toews

I'm trying not to hyperventilate like a fangirl as I write this, but The Chicago Blackhawks (OMG!) are providing free 1-hour clinics for kids, ages 6-12 this winter (I look 12, right?). It's truly a chance for your little hockey player to learn from the best.

Cartoon Skates

Maybe you’re not a hockey player, but don’t worry, you can still skate with your idols. Throughout the winter, regular open skate hours will be visited by cartoon favorites, like Mickey and Minnie. Basically, your life would become a real IceCapades show. Who doesn’t want that?

Get out there and glide, friends! For a full schedule of open skate hours, as well as more information on Cartoon Skates, Blackhawks clinics, and park locations, check out this link.