Jan 202013
 

ice skating girlIce skating with kids can be so much fun! Some rinks have tools to assist kids that don’t know how to skate yet, but I have to say that I prefer holding their little hands and skating with them! It’s such a special activity to do together, get some exercise, fresh air (if you choose an outdoor rink)… and then cozy up for a warm drink afterwards! I have listed the indoor rinks, then the outdoor ones. If skate rental is available, I recommend calling the rink ahead of time to make sure they have your child’s size, especially with the rinks in the city which sometimes only have larger sizes.

 

Indoor

Darien Sportsplex
Darien Park District
451 Plainfield Road
Darien, Illinois
(630) 789-6666

  • Admission fee is $5 for Darien Park District residents and $7 for non-residents
  • Ice skate rental is $2
  • Check their website for public skate schedule

Downers Grove Ice Arena
5501 Walnut Avenue
Downers Grove, Illinois
(630) 971-3780

  • Admission fee is $6 (punch card is available)
  • Skate rental is $2
  • Hours from now through March 30, 2013 are: Mondays 11am-12:15pm, Fridays 11am-12:15pm and 6:45-8pm, Saturdays 12:30-1:45pm

Seven Bridges Ice Arena
6690 S. Route 53
Woodridge, Illinois
(630) 271-4400

  • Admission fee is $7 for adults and $6 for 11 years old and under (passes are available)
  • Skate rental is $3
  • Check the website for public skate schedule

Center Ice of DuPage
1N450 Highland Avenue
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
(630) 790-9696

  • Admission fee is $7 for adults, $5 for ages 55 and over as well as 10 and under (passes available)
  • Skate rental is $2.50
  • Check the website for public skate schedule

Paul Hruby Ice Arena at Ridgeland Common
Park District of Oak Park
415 Lake Street
Oak Park, Illinois
(708) 848-9661

  • Admission fee is $6 for Family or Public Skate, $4 for Adult Skate
  • Skate rental is $2
  • Hours for Public Skate are: Fridays 5:45-7:45pm, Saturdays 5:15-7:30pm, Sundays 2-4pm
  • Hours for Family Skate are: Sundays 1:15-2pm
  • Hours for Adult Skate (18 and up): Saturday 10:15-11:15pm
  • School’s Out Skate is Monday, January 21 and Monday, February 18 11:30-1:30pm

McFetridge Sports Center
3843 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL
(773) 478-2609

  • Admission: $5 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 12 and younger, $2 for seniors 60 and older
  • Skate rental: $3
  • Open Skate Hours: All ages – Wed. & Fri., 3:30-5pm., Sat. & Sun. 4:30 – 6pm. Adults: Wed., 9:15 – 10:30 pm. Teens & Adults: Fri., 9:15-10:45pm
  • Food concessions are available.

Outdoor

Gilbert Park
Park District of LaGrange
41st and Gilbert Avenue
LaGrange, Illinois

  • No admission fee
  • No skate rental
  • Two rinks this year: one for hockey and one for figure skating (and kids)
  • The Park District tweets about the rink and says that’s the best way to find out when the ice is ready to skate on. Even if you don’t have a twitter account, you can still check what they are saying. Click here to get their current update.

Burns Field
320 N Vine Street
Hinsdale, IL

  • No admission fee
  • No skate rental
  • Check the Village of Hinsdale website for updates on rink conditions, but it looks like the best method might be to just drive by and look for the flag. The website doesn’t look as if it is updated often.
  • Supervised Warming House Hours: Monday-Friday 4:00 pm -8:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am -7:00 pm

Memorial Park
Community Park District of LaGrange Park
La Grange Road, 1 block south of Harding Avenue
LaGrange Park, IL

  • No admission fee
  • No skate rental
  • To check if the ice rinks are ready to skate on, you can go to the General Programs section of their website and read the scrolling text or call (708) 354-4580 ex. 300

Eldridge Lagoon
Elmhurst Park District
363 Commonwealth Ln.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Central Park
Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Rd.
Oak Brook, IL 60523

  • No admission fee
  • No skate rental
  • Check the website for ice updates. They have a flag (either red or green) on the right hand side of the site that lets you know if the rink is open or closed and the time it was updated.

Lake Ellyn
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

  • No admission fee
  • No skate rental
  • Check the Glen Ellyn Park District website for ice updates. Open skating will be designated by a green light atop the boat house.

Lake Foxcroft
2S540 Lambert Road
Glen Ellyn, IL

Newton Park
707 Fairview Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL

Constitution Park
7715 Greenfield St
River Forest, IL 60305

MB Financial Park at Rosemont
5501 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 349-5008

  • No admission fee
  • Skate rental is $8
  • Monday-Thursday: 4- 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 4-10 p.m.
  • Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sun: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Millennium Park
Michigan Ave & Washington St
Chicago, IL
(312) 742-1168

  • No admission fee
  • Skate rental is $10
  • Mondays through Thursdays: 12 pm — 8 pm
  • Fridays: 12 pm — 10 pm
  • Saturdays (beginning Jan. 5): 10 am — 9 pm
  • Sundays: 10 am — 9 pm
  • Hot chocolate and snacks are available at the Park Grill Cafe.

McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL
(312) 747-5992

  • No admission fee
  • Skate Rental is $6
  • Open Skate Hours: Wed – Sun, 12:30 – 7:30 pm.

Midway Plaisance Park
1130 Midway Plaisance North
Chicago, IL
(312) 745-2470

  • No admission fee
  • Skate rental is $6
  • Open Skate Hours: Sun. – Fri., 12 – 7 p.m., Sat., 1 – 9 p.m.
  • Food concessions are available.

Mt. Greenwood Park
3724 W. 111th St
Chicago, IL
(312) 747-3690

  • No admission fee
  • Skate rental is $6
  • Open Skate Hours: Wed. – Sun., 12:30 – 7:30pm

Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL
(312) 746-5735

  • No admission fee
  • Skate rental is $6
  • Open Skate Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12:30 – 7:30 pm

Rowan Park
11546 S. Avenue L
Chicago, IL
(773) 646-1967

  • No admission fee
  • Skate rental is $6
  • Open Skate Hours: Wed. – Sun., 12:30 – 7:30 pm

Warren Park
6601 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
(773) 761-8663

  • No admission fee
  • Skate rental is $6
  • Open Skate Hours: Wed. – Sun., 12:30 – 7:30 pm

The Rink at Wrigley
Addison St. & Clark St.
Chicago, IL
(773) 525-1638

  • Admission: Fridays-Sundays is $10 per adult, $6 for children ages 12 and under.
  • Skate rental: Fridays-Sundays is $10.
  • Admission and skate rentals are half price Mondays – Thursdays.
  • Monday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m., Friday: 2 – 10 p.m., Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

The outdoor rinks at West Lawn Park and Daley Bicentennial in Grant Park are closed for the 2012-2013 season due to construction.

 Posted by at 10:06 pm

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