Top Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago, Illinois

Is it really a surprise that The Windy City is home to some of the best indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in America? If you want to have the authentically burrrrrr-y Chicago experience, then be sure to check out one of Chi-town’s best family and kid friendly ice skating rinks:

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Chicago: Free admission and skating lessons on Fridays and Saturdays before this downtown Chicago skating rink opens are just two (big) reasons to work the Windy City’s flagship outdoor rink into your family’s fitness routine. Be sure to stop by between December 25 and January 8, for ice dance demos and speed skating shows.  

If we haven’t convinced you to hop on over to McCormick yet, here is another great reason: this outdoor ice skating rink offers incredible views of the underrated Chicago skyline. Along with their famous Cloud Gate sculpture, kids and adults alike will be dazzled. If you haven’t had a chance to go yet, don’t you worry, as the rink will be open – weather permitting – from November 18 until March 5th.

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo: Located in the family-friendly Lincoln Park neighborhood, Lincoln Park Zoo‘s ice skating rink has something for everyone. Skate past ponies and goats (when their Farm-in-the-Zoo is opened), and stop by the Main Barn for hot winter drinks and food. Open from November 25 through February 26th, Lincoln Park Zoo offers plenty of time for farm-loving skaters to skate in what is truly a unique environment. 

The Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon: Even though you’re skating in the heart of downtown Chicago, you might feel as if you’re in the Alps. Chicago’s new outdoor skating ribbon, opened in 2014, curves through Maggie Daley Park around pine trees and towering climbing walls. Its path is twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink, (which is certainly something to consider if you’re bringing your kids along with you!). The skating ribbon opens up in late November and goes through the first week of March.

Ice Skating at the Navy Pier, Winter Wonderfest: Indoor ice skating offers a warmer alternative to Chicago’s blustery winter weather. The historic Navy Pier, built in 1916 on the shores of Lake Michigan, is a major tourist attraction. The Winter Wonderfest, from late November to early January, magically transforms the Skyline Stage into a wintry playground, with Christmas trees and colorful lights…Can you imagine a more dazzling experience for your kids? This rink is also used by local hockey team the Chicago Black Hawks as an indoor ice skating rink, and is open during the regular NHL season.

And if the Winter Wonderfest wasn’t enough, be sure to check out “Skate By The Lake”, in which skates can partake in the Chicago Black Hawks’ Skate by the Lake rink, held inside Polk Bros Park, located on the west end of Navy Pier.