If I were going to set the scene for a perfect Christmas movie, I’m not sure you could get much better than the ice skating rink at Millinium Park. Just behind the city’s enormous Christmas tree- and with a backdrop of skyscrapers in every direction- you will find the most picturesque ice skating rink.
Admittedly, leading up to our trip to Chicago I pictured our moments out on the ice looking like Disney’s Frozen meets the Winter Olympics. And though, in reality, our ice skating skills left a lot to be desired- it was still the most fairy tale evening!
Being true southern children, this was my kids’ first time in ice skates. They definitely resembled baby deer trying to walk for the first time. But they had a blast!
The ice rink is open through March 4th (weather permitting), though I highly recommend going between now and Christmas while the big tree is up in the background! There are also special holiday hours. View the City of Chicago’s website for more information on the hours.
Skating is free and open to the public; however, there is a rental charge for skates. The fee is $12 Monday-Thursday and $14 Friday-Sunday and on holidays. Ice skating lessons are also available. (Which, incidentally, we needed BADLY. Next time we will not miss out on this crucial step!)
I highly recommend arriving either early or in the late evening, as this is a very popular Chicago destination. They regulate the line for skate rental and do a good job refreshing the rink surface and monitoring traffic flow on the ice.
As I hoped, this experience was truly a highlight of our Christmas trip to Chicago. In fact, my kids immediately asked if we could return to the Millennium Park Skating Rink the next morning. We will definitely make this activity a priority on all future (winter) Chicago visits!
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