Ice skating rinks open soon

  • Skaters last winter at Millennium Park.
Skaters last winter at Millennium Park. (William DeShazer/Chicago…)
November 12, 2012|Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

The cold weather means one thing: time to bundle up. Slip on the gloves, wrap your scarf and lace up the skates.

Ice skating season is upon us.

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park is set to open Friday and remains open through mid-March. The other rinks in the city operated by the Chicago Park District are planned to be open from Nov. 23 through Feb. 24.

Of course, that all depends on the weather. Last year, mild November temperatures delayed the opening of nine outdoor rinks.

Admission is charged at two rinks: McFetridge Sports Center, an indoor rink at 3843 N. California Ave., is $5 for adults; the Rink at Wrigley, which will be open until March 3, is $5 for adults Monday through Thursday and $10 Friday through Sunday.

Skate rental prices and hours vary. Click here for Millennium Park information and here for other ice skating rinks.

Admission is free at the following rinks:

>> Millennium Park, which has 100,000 annual skaters, on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets

>> McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

>> Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North

>> Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.

>> Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

>> Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L

>> Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.

This winter, the Daley Bicentennial Plaza in Grant Park, where the Maggie Daley Park will be located, and the West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St., will be closed to skaters due to construction at those sites, said Chicago Park District spokeswoman Marta Juaniza.

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