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Millennium Park Ice Skating - 2013/2014 Season

Helpful Tips for Planning a Trip to the Millennium Park Ice Rink in Chicago


Overview of Millennium Park Ice Skating:

Ice skating at Chicago's Millennium Park is one of Chicago's most popular winter activities with the rink's skyscraper views, festive music, and charm - the Millennium Park Ice Rink is outside along Michigan Avenue. The 2013/2014 Millennium Park Ice Skating season will run through March 9, 2014, weather permitting.

Some things to keep in mind when planning your trip to the Millennium Park Ice Rink, include:

  • The rink can get really crowded resulting in long lines for renting skates, especially on weekends and holidays.
  • The ice is Zamboni'd regularly to keep it smooth, so expect breaks when you have to get off the ice.
  • There are benches to sit on that run along the rink for spectators.
  • If you get cold and and want to warm up with some hot chocolate, check out the Park Grill restaurant at Millennium Park.

Location of Millennium Park Ice Skating:

Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street (on the east side of Michigan Avenue. Phone number is 312-742-1168. (Tip: Chicago has other great places to skate. Check out our list of Chicago's Best Ice Skating Locations.)

Dates and Hours of Millennium Park Ice Skating:

Open everyday starting November 15, 2013. Weather permitting, the Millennium Park Ice Rink will stay open through March 9, 2014. Hours include:

Monday-Thursday, Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday, Noon - 10 p.m.
Saturday (Through January 4, 2014), 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturday (Beginning January 11, 2014), 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday, November 29,10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 26 through Monday, December 30, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Tuesday, December 31, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Admission, Tickets, and Skate Rentals:

The rink is open to the public and is free if you have your own skates. If you need to rent skates, they are available at the rink for a $10 charge. (Be sure to bring your own socks.)

New This Year:

New this year are Winter Workouts presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, one hour before the rink opens, free ice skating lessons will be offered. Each Thursday, also one hour before the rink open, will feature ice sports skills and drills for Noodle Hockey, curling and speed. (Also read: How to Become a Figure Skater and Learning to Skate Backwards)

Getting to Millennium Park Ice Skating:

Several CTA buses and train go to Millennium Park. Use our Guide to Public Transit to find out which ones.

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