During the cold winter months, ice skating in Chicago is one of the most popular things to do. Families, couples, and friends can ice skate all over the city from neighborhood park facilities to downtown along Michigan Avenue, to stories above the Magnificent Mile. When you’re in the South Loop, you’re close to some of the best ice skating rinks in the city.
Millennium Park is home to one of the busiest options for ice skating downtown. The McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink is one of the most scenic rinks in the city. Located right on Michigan Avenue, the enormous patio of the Park Grill becomes a destination for this fun outdoor activity. Skating is free and rental is $12 Monday through Thursday and $14 Friday through Sunday.
Head east over the Frank Gehry-designed bridge you’ll see the Maggie Daley Park skating ribbon. Twice as long as a regular rink lap, you can get your workout in as you skate around the seasonal climbing towers. Surrounded by evergreens, the park has the feel of an alpine village, complete with hot chocolate at the on-site cafe. There’s no admission and skate rental is also $12 Monday through Thursday and $14 Friday through Sunday.
If you want to enjoy the winter fun, but don’t want to be out in the winter cold, you can skate inside at Winter Wonderfest. Now in its seventeenth year, the annual tradition turns Navy Pier’s Festival Hall into a wonderland with trees, Santa, and an ice skating rink. Admission is $27 for adults and $12 for children, but that provides access to all of the attractions, including the Arctic Express Train Ride, the Create-A-Cookie Cottage, and the Ice Peaks Climbing Walls. You’ll even get a pass to ride the Centennial Wheel. Don’t worry about it being too cold ride this giant Ferris wheel; all of the cars are climate controlled.
When you’re looking for winter adventures in downtown Chicago, these ice skating rinks near the South Loop will fit the bill. For even more cold-weather fun, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.