BEST Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago & the Suburbs (2023)

Outdoor ice skating is one of the best outdoor activities in Chicago during late fall and winter. Luckily, there are many outdoor ice skating rinks in and around Chicago.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago (2023)

Below are the best outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

people outdoor skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago with The Bean in the background

One of the best and picture perfect spots to go ice skating in Chicago is the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park right in front of Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”).  Free skating lessons are available (reservations required) from 9-10am on most Saturdays and Sundays, teaching beginner and intermediate ice skating and hockey skills. Online ticketed reservations are required. Reservation dates are released 2 weeks in advance.

When: November 18, 2022—March 5, 2023 (open daily weather permitting) but online ticketed reservations are required.  Closures due to severe weather will be posted on Millennium Park’s facebook and twitter pages.

Cost: Admission is FREE for those that bring their own skates. Skate Rentals are available from $16-$20.  You can also sharpen your skates for $9 and rent a skate-aide (under 42 inches) for $10 .

Where: Millenium Park Ice Rink, 11 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

outdoor ice skating rink at Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago Illinois
The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago is one of the most picture perfect spots for ice skating (with great skyline views). Its path is twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Walkup sales are based on availability – reservations strongly encouraged.

When: November 18, 2022 -March 5, 2023. Reservations strongly encouraged and are released on a rolling basis.

Cost: If you bring your own skates, skating is free Monday-Thursday. Friday – Sunday and Holiday Skate skate free your own skates at 11am session ONLY or pay $5 + tax. You can rent skates for $16-$22 depending on date.

Where: 337 E Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

The Peninsula Sky Rink

Returning for its tenth season, The Peninsula Sky Rink, a 2,100 sq ft synthetic ice rink, is the only hotel skating rink in Chicago. Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the seasonal skating rink is tucked into a winter wonderland featuring festive music and snowflake lighting. Enjoy a selection of hot beverages and snacks available at the Chalet. The Sky Rink is available for groups to rent or for private events, such as marriage proposals. Click here to see the latest prices and click here to read reviews.

When: Opens Friday, November 25 for the winter season through February 2023.

Hours: Hours are subject to change; call +1 (312) 337 2888 prior to arrival to confirm.

Cost: Skates are available for rent at $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, with 100% of the skate rental proceeds donated to two Chicago children’s charities.

Where: The Peninsula, 108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

Winterland Ice Rink at Gallagher Way

The Rink at Gallagher Way is back this year with a ice rink for skaters inside Wrigley Field.

Tip: The Wrigleyville location of the Christkindlmarket is also located here so you can combine both activities during the Christmas holiday season.

When: November 18, 2022 -January 8, 2023 (weather permitting).

Hours: General hours are Monday through Thursday: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. but hours differ on holidays and other special days

Cost: Guests who bring their own skates will be available to access the rink for 3 attraction tickets or $12. Rink Access + Skate Rental will be available for 5 attraction tickets or $20.

Where: Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Chicago Park District Community Rinks

There are several free public outdoor skating rinks throughout the city. In addition to open skate sessions, most rinks offer programming and some events throughout the season. (There are also 2 indoor ice rinks at McFetridge Sports Center and Morgan Park Sports Center that are open year-round.)

When: November 25, 2022 – February 20, 2023 (weather permitting).

Cost: Free admission, skate rentals are $7. Most rinks provide special programming (skating lessons, hockey clinics, sled-assisted skating) for an additional fee.

Where: Various locations in the city:

Warren Ice Rink: 6601 N. Western Ave., Chicago (there is also a sledding hill when it snows)
Wentworth Ice Rink: 5625 S. Mobile Ave., Chicago
Midway Plaisance Ice Rink: 1130 Midway Plaisance North, Chicago
McKinley Ice Rink: 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago
Mt. Greenwood Ice Rink: 3721 W. 111th St, Chicago

Light Up the Lake at Navy Pier

OK this is not an outdoor skating rink but if the temperature outside is too cold, you can go ice skating indoors at Light Up the Lake at Navy Pier.

Where: Festival Hall at Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

When: November 25, 2022 through January 7, 2023.

Cost: Prices vary depending on day. Prices vary depending on day. Click here to see prices and purchase tickets.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Near Chicago

These outdoor ice skating rinks are located in the suburbs near Chicago.

Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Parkway Bank Park

 

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Parkway Bank Park’s great lawn will be transformed into Chicago Wolves Ice Rink, an NHL-sized, outdoor skating rink where visitors can skate under lights for a magical experience. Skaters concerned about inclement weather are encouraged to call the Parkway Bank Park hotline at 847-349-5009 or visit the Park’s Facebook or Instagram for updates regarding rink hours.

When: November 19, 2022 through January 29, 2023 (select dates). Skating hours vary by date – please check individual dates for hours.

Cost: Admission is FREE. Bring your own skates or rent skates for $8. FREE parking with validation.

Where: 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018

Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink

The Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink will open for open skate, stick & hockey.

When: Opens November 27, 2022. Dates and times change weekly. Check their facebook page for regular updates.

Where: Cicero Community Park, 3400 S. 53rd Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink (Orland Park Ice Rink)

The Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink is free for those that bring their own skates. FREE Skate aides/walkers are available for use at the rink any time the warming house is open. For weather updates check the rainout line or call 708.460.4958.

When: November 26, 2022 through February 26, 2023. Hours vary.

Cost: Skaters may skate for free with their own skates from dawn until the warming house closes. Skate Rentals $3 per person available during warming house hours.

Where: 15600 West Ave. & Fun Dr., Orland Park, IL 60462

Watts Center at Watts Park

Watts Center at Watts Park has two lighted outdoor ice rinks and is located on more than three acres of land at Watts Park. This unique facility is the home of figure skating lessons, ice hockey, and recreational skating.

When: Open daily from November 25, 2022-February 26, 2023.

Cost: Daily Admission Fee (Monday-Friday ONLY): $12/17 Resident/Non-Resident; Skate Rentals: $5 per person per visit

Where: Watts Center, 305 Randolph Avenue, Glencoe, IL 60022

What is your favorite outdoor ice skating rink in Chicago?

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