by Andrea Stimmel, staff writer
Chicago operates several ice rinks throughout the city during the winter months. The skating season runs from mid-November through the end of February, but ultimately depends on the weather. These ice rinks are open to the public and offer free admission.
The Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink is located under the Cloud Gate (or “the Bean”) in Millennium Park. With low walls and benches around the outside of the rink, non-skaters have the opportunity to enjoy this activity from the sidelines. Because this rink can get really crowded, it is helpful if you bring your own skates.
A less crowded rink is the Daley Bicentennial Plaza Ice Rink. It is also free to the public with paid skate rentals available. This smaller and older rink is tucked away in Grant Park. It also has a larger indoor area with seating by windows, so the ice rink can still be seen.
The Midway Plaisance Park Ice Rink is a lesser-known Olympic-sized ice rink located in the heart of the University of Chicago campus. The Midway Plaisance includes a place for skate rentals, a rooftop observation deck, and a warming center with snacks and drinks for sale.
The Warren Park Ice Rink is located north of the loop and is nestled among some small evergreens near a hill for sledding. While skating is the main attraction, there are various activities, both indoors and out, for all age groups. Grab some friends to go with, and enjoy.