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Top 5 Chicago Ice Skating Rinks

4 Outdoor Rinks and 1 Indoor Rink


Chicago ice skating season runs from roughly November through February and has become as much a part of the city's winter landscape as snow and football. Find our top 5 choices for Chicago ice skating rinks below.

All of these ice skating rinks are open to the public. If you have your own skates, all the outdoor rinks also offer free admission. There's a nominal fee if you want to rent skates.

The McFetridge indoor ice skating rink features skating year round, but they charge a modest admission price in addition to their skate rental charges.

1. Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink

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Millennium Park
Chicago, IL
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The November opening of the Millennium Park skating rink, located under the bean in Chicago's Millennium Park, heralds winter and all things snowy and memorable. Related: Tips for Attending Millennium Park Ice Rink | Millennium Park Ice Rink Photos

2. Daley Bicentennial Plaza Ice Skating Rink

in Grant Park
337 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL
(773) 478-2609
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Located in close proximity to the Millennium Park rink, this rink boasts a nice warming center and often shorter lines.

3. McFetridge Sports Center Indoor Rink

3843 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL
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This indoor rink offers adult, family, and general public skate hours in addition to hockey, skating lessons, and more. In the winter, it's a great place to moderate the cold when you skate, and in the summer, it's a great place to escape the heat.

4. Midway Plaisance Park Ice Rink

East 59th Street at Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 745-2470
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This lovely outdoor rink in nestled in the heart of the University of Chicago campus in the historic Midway Plaisance. You can also easily add on a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, which is nearby for an even more robust outing.

5. Warren Park Ice Rink

6601 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 761-8663
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I love this outdoor rink because it's nestled among some small evergreens and is conveniently located near a great sledding hill so you can max out your winter experience.
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