After a weekend of mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, ice skating may not seem like the most obvious outdoor activity. But with cold weather approaching this Thanksgiving week, outdoor rinks are opening across the city.
The Chicago Park District offers six ice rinks for beginners and experts.
337 E. Randolph St. The iconic downtown ice skating strip at Maggie Daley Park at is open for the season through March 10. Dates when slots are available can be found on the Park District’s website: maggiedaleypark.com.
Admission prices for the Maggie Daley ribbon vary by date. Skate rentals cost between $16 and $22 with discounted ticket prices available online. Bring Your Own Skates admission may be free or up to $5. Snowman or penguin skate helpers are available for $10, while lockers are available for $3 to $5, depending on size.
In other places, admission is free for those who bring skates. Those who don’t have their own can always rent a pair.
Rain is expected to return to the area Monday through Tuesday, while dry, cool weather is expected heading into Thanksgiving. Friday will be even colder with high temperatures approaching 40 degrees; just in time for the rinks in the Park District neighborhood to open Friday.
Five neighborhood ice rinks are located at:
Skate rental costs up to $7 for all ages. Pre-registration is required for all programs at the tracks, as session capacity is limited. Registration will open every Monday at noon, consistently for sessions to be held two weeks later, at: chicagoparkdistrict.com/ice-rinks.
Programs at the rinks will include free learning sessions before some open skating sessions, senior open skating for ages 50 and up, stick and puck for 90 minutes, pond hockey and rat hockey, with the exception of the Maggie Daley ribbon. groups of eight or more people.