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Think it’s too Cold Outside for Outdoor Activities? Think Again.

12/8/11 | by

If you’re like us, you love any fun, physical activity that comes with being outdoors, so don’t let these bitter cold months keep you in hibernation. Try lacing up some skates and taking a spin on the ice at one of the best ice skating rinks in Chicago!

Chicago is actually home to ten ice skating rinks, eight of which are free and open to the public. Due to warmer then normal weather conditions this year, the rinks opened later then expected, but they’re all fully operational now.

Whether you’re an Evan Lysacek wannabe or a bumbling fool (like us) just hoping not to fall and eat ice, skating can actually be a lot of fun. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy being outdoors during the winter months.

As far as we’re concerned, the sweetest site to skate is none other then Millennium Park. With free admission and a beautiful backdrop, this has become a staple stomping ground in Chicago for skating enthusiasts. The rink sits right on Michigan Avenue, next to The Bean, with skate rentals available for $10. Or, right next door at Daley Bicentennial Plaza in Grant Park, the rink is a little less crowded and skate rentals are only $7.

For those who don’t mind shoveling out some cash for a slick skating experience, the Rink at Wrigley is another great outdoor venue to lace up at. This is the third year Wrigley Field has brought the full-size ice skating rink to their parking lot at the corner of Clark and Waveland, and as popular as it is, we’re sure it will be back next year as well.

Ice skating season in Chicago -- for the most part -- runs through February 26, so make sure you get out there and strut your stuff on the ice.

Here’s a complete list of ice skating rinks in Chicago:

Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Grant Park
337 E. Randolph St.

McFetridge Sports Center
3843 N. California Ave.

McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Road

Midway Plaisance Park
1130 Midway Plaisance North

Millennium Park
103 N. Michigan Ave.

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111 St.

Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

The Rink at Wrigley
1060 W. Addison St.

Rowan Park
11546 S. Avenue L

Warren Park
6601 N. Western Ave.

West Lawn Park
4233 W. 65th St.