We’re a little bit spoiled when it comes to outdoor ice skating in Chicago. There are no less than a dozen rinks scattered throughout the city managed by private organizations, community groups, and the city. Here are six of our favorite places for outdoor skating in the city. For a complete list of rinks managed by the parks department go here. Be sure to check the websites because open skate hours can change due to hockey or private events. Most rinks are open on holidays.
On Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison
Probably the best known outdoor ice rink in Chicago. Skating is free and open to the public. Rentals are $12 per person Monday through Thursday and $14 per person over the weekend.
In Wicker Park
Wicker ICE is a naturally freezing ice rink, so if it doesn’t open until the weather gets cold. A passion project of the Wicker Park community skating is free if you bring skates. No rentals. The rink is taken over by hockey most nights but all players are required to help resurface the ice to make for pleasant daytime skating.
Maggie Daley Park
Bored with the typical circle or square shaped ice rinks? Change it up with the Ribbon. Skating is free. Rentals are $12 during the week and $14 on weekends.
2001 N Clark Street
One of the most festive experiences in Chicagoland. Tour the zoo lights, grab some hot cocoa, and strap on some skates. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are $5. Open during zoo hours.
1130 Midway Plaisance North
One of several skate rinks managed by the city and part of the Blackhawks ice program. Take part in open skating or learn how to play hockey on an outdoor rink. Admission is $3 and skate rentals are $6. A full list of city managed ice rinks can be found here.
108 E. Superior Street
One of the city’s best-kept secrets is the ice rink four stories up on top of the Peninsula Hotel. The 2,100 square foot ice rink has the highest ice skating admission in the city at $15 per adult and $10 per child, but all of the money goes to two Chicago charities: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Hephzibah Children’s Association.