One perk of the long, cold winters in Chicago is the chance to glide across the ice at the many beautiful outdoor skating rinks throughout the city and suburbs—many of them FREE. Not all ice skating rinks need polar-vortex temperatures to stay open—some refrigerated rinks are available for skating as long as the temperature is less than 40 degrees. Families can also find a skating rink that matches their mood, from skating on a rooftop at the Peninsula Hotel to sliding across a frozen pond in Glen Ellyn. Many rinks offer hockey, broomball, figure skating, or speed skating programs. And not all rinks are your standard oval, either—Maggie Daley Park’s Skating Ribbon lets figure skaters enjoy a different kind of figure 8.
For all the details on where to strap on those ice skates this weekend, read on.