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

11/21/16 | 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. Ice skating season will take place between November 18th-March 5th.

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 $12. Or, right next door at Daley Bicentennial Plaza in Grant Park, the rink is a little less crowded and price for skate rentals is the same.

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
201 E. Randolph st.

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111th St.

Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Rowan Park
11546 S Avenue L

Warren Park
6601 N. Western Ave.

West Lawn Park
4233 W. 65th St.