Imagine skating beside The Bean, gliding in view of a city zoo, or skating amid a winter wonderland on the lakefront. You'll take in iconic sights and breathtaking views at Chicago's unique ice-skating rinks.


SEE: Millennium Park's famous Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately known as "The Bean."

GREAT FOR: All ages.

Whether you're a pro on skates or still just a little bit clumsy, the iconic skating rink in Millennium Park is a must-stop for a spin on the ice—not to mention breathtaking views of the downtown city skyline and the magical sight of all those holiday lights reflected on The Bean's shimmering surface.

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.

Open Nov. 16, 2018 - March 10, 2019 | Free admission, skate rental $12 weekdays; $14 weekends and holidays |

Explore Millennium Park


SEE: Chicago's magical downtown skating rink and expansive park.

GREAT FOR: More experienced skaters given the inclines/declines and longer distance.

This neighbor to Millennium Park made its debut in 2014, and offers a picturesque skating ribbon that curves through Maggie Daley Park, under pine trees and around towering 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 to skip the rental line.

Open late November 2018 - March 2019 | Free admission, skate rental $12 weekdays; $14 weekends and holidays |


SEE: Elevated skyline views of the city from the terrace.

GREAT FOR: Couples.

The luxury hotel's Sky Rink comes with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding city scape. Perched on the fourth-floor terrace, the 2,100-sq.-ft. rink is an exhilarating experience above the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue. Bonus: The outdoor "Chalet" has a tasty menu of winter warmups, from warm cider to fresh beignets. The price of admission, $20 for adults and $10 for children, includes skates and will benefit two children's charities.

Open November 17, 2019 - first week of March | Call ahead for hours and availability |


SEE: Visit one of the top attractions in the state of Illinois.

GREAT FOR: Kids and families.

Winter WonderFest is a fantasy-like indoor playground filled with hundreds of trees, twinkling lights and fun activities. Ice hockey fans will love the fact that they're skating on the Chicago Blackhawks Rink. Upgrade from General Admission to an Activity Ticket for access to over 25 rides and activities, plus ice skating with rentals.

Open Dec. 1, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 | Activity Tickets $13-28 |


SEE: A world-class zoo nestled in Chicago's historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, overlooking the serene North and South Ponds, and breathtaking Lincoln Park conservatory

GREAT FOR: Kids and families, including ice-skating novices

Located in the Farm-in-the-Zoo area, this square skating rink looks out onto the big red barn and sits below strands of string lights. Time your visit to also see ZooLights, a spectacular showcase of holiday lighting displays. And be sure to visit the menagerie of lions, tigers and snow monkeys in the Macaque Forest habitat.

Open November 2018 - February 2019 |

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