Where to Ice Skate in Chicago. Chicago has a quite a number of places to ice skate which can be free if you bring your own skates. All rinks are outdoors unless otherwise indicated. Unfortunately most are closed due to Covid. The ones that are open have Covid occupancy restrictions that result in long waits to get on the ice. I called Warren Park on a Friday at 1:30pm and the wait was almost 2 hours. You are not allowed to wait inside so dress warmly. Due to all the closures I’ve added suburban locations if you’re up for a road trip. Always check with the rink before you head out. Their hours may have changed, the Field House (ergo the restrooms) may be closed, the rink may be closed due to warm weather, special events, Covid or some other reason.
Where to Ice Skate in Chicago – South
Watts Center at Watts Park, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe, IL (847) 835-4440. There are two rinks Access to the rinks requires the online purchase of a season pass ($50 resident; $75 non-resident) and a time slot reservation (reservations open 72 hours before each time slot). $6 all ages skate rental fee. Bring your own skates = free.
Dan Capuano Ice Rink, 8900 S. Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park. IL (708) 229-3373 Skating: Resident Youths under 18, $4; Resident Adults, $5; Non-Residents, add $1.
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink Centennial Park, 15600 West Avenue, Orland Park, IL Admission $3 per person. Admission fee must be paid by both skaters and non-skaters due to facility capacity restrictions. Free Skate aides/walkers are available for use at the rink any time the warming house is open. First come, first serve.
Ice Skating in the Commons , 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 815-485-3584 Dec-early January. Skate Rentals: Cash – $7.00/Card – $7.50 Closed for season.
Haines Ice Rink, 176 Haines Ave, New Lenox, IL 815-485-3584. Skate rentals are not available, must bring your own skates. Closed due to warm weather.
Suburban – West
Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink Cicero Community Park 3400 S. 53rd Avenue Cicero, IL (708) 477-6875. Cicero residents can skate for $1 and rent skates for $1; non-residents pay $5 for open skate and $3 skate rental.
Lake Ellyn Park and Boathouse, 185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL Free. No skate rental available. Skating is at your own risk and only permitted when the ice reaches a consistent thickness of 8″. The outdoor restroom will remain open as weather allows. Be sure to check the light on top of the Boathouse before heading out on the ice. View ice conditions »
Lake Foxcroft, 2S540 Lambert Road, Glen Ellyn, IL Free. No skate rental available. Skating is at your own risk and only permitted when the ice reaches a consistent thickness of 8″. The outdoor restroom will remain open as weather allows. Be sure to check the light on top of the Boathouse before heading out on the ice. View ice conditions »
Newton, 707 Fairview Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL Free. No skate rental available. Skating is at your own risk and only permitted when the ice reaches a consistent thickness of 8″. The outdoor restroom will remain open as weather allows. Be sure to check the light on top of the Boathouse before heading out on the ice. View ice conditions »
Central Athletic Complex Ice Rink 500 S. Naperville Road, Naperville, IL Visit the weather hotline for details and outdoor activity availability. Reservations required. Wheaton residents Free. Nonresidents : Adults $7, Children (17 & Under)$5, Seniors (55 & Over) $5.
Centennial Park Ice Rinks 500 W. Jackson Street Naperville, IL 630-848-5000. No skate rental available. Bring your own skates. Free. Closed due to warm weather.
Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 847.349.5008. Admission is free, however a credit card is required to hold reservations. Bring your own skates or rent skates online for $8. Guests with reservations who fail to appear for their skating time will incur a $8 per person fee. Refunds will be given to guests with reservations that are cancelled due to rink closure caused by inclement weather or COVID-19 mandates. 45-minute skating time slots
Skating Rinks Closed for the 2020-2021 Season
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, 24 N. Michigan. More info here. Closed due to Covid
The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St., 4th Floor. Open to hotel, restaurant and spa guests daily. Suggested Donation: US$ 15 per adult | US$ 10 for children 12 years and under. All monies collected will be donated to two: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Hephzibah Children’s Association. Closed due to Covid
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, 1320 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-348-6377 Rooftop synthetic ice rink. Must bring their own skates. Day pass cost $5. Closed due to Covid
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 North Clark Street, 312-742-2000. Skating fee $5. Skate rental $5. Closed due to Covid
Wicker ICE, 1425 N. Damen Ave. Free. 9AM-8Pm. Volunteers will build the community funded rink on Dec. 2 and 3 and the Chicago Fire Department will fill it in around 8AM Dec 3. Skating will commence once the water freezes. Check rink status. Closed due to Covid
Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field 3635 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Morgan Park Sports Center (Park No. 577) Ice Rink, 11505 S. Western Ave., (773) 840-4622. Indoor. Open Skate / Public Skate Ages 12 & under: $4; Ages 13 – 61: $5, Age 60 & over: $2 I.D. May be Requested Skate Rental $3. Adult Skate Scheduled approximately 12:30 – 1:30pm* semi-daily. Adults 18 years and older $3.00. Please check the Ice Schedule for the most up to date daily schedule. Chicago Park District account REQUIRED. Pre-Registration Suggested, as spots go quickly. Register here (Scroll to bottom, and type in “Open Skate”) Closed due to Covid
McFetridge Sports Center Ice Rink (Indoor), 3843 N. California Ave., (773) 478-2609. Indoor. Adult admission and skate rental $8. Age 12 and under admission and skates $7 . Bring your own skates adult admission $5. Bring your own skates age 12 and under admission $4. Closed due to Covid
Chicago Wolves Ice Skating Rink at Brookfield Zoo 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL