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Chicago ice-skating season begins: rink openings

  • Taking advantage of the President's Day holiday, Ashley Robinson of Chicago, center, in black, races out of the gate with dozens of other ice skating enthusiast, as the gate opens up for skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink in Millennium Park.
Taking advantage of the President's Day holiday, Ashley Robinson… (Antonio Perez/ Chicago…)
November 11, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

It's almost time to grab your hat, mittens and skates for the winter tradition of ice skating in Chicago.

This Friday, weather permitting, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park is set open to the public. It'll be open through March 9.

Admission is free. Skates can be rented for $10. There will be free ice skating lessons for beginners on the weekend one hour before the rink opens.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. There are special holiday hours as well.

The park district's outdoor ice skating rinks sponsored by the Chicago Blackhawks don't open until Nov. 29. The city's newest rink at Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave. opens in December.

There are no longer ice rinks at Wrigley Field or at West Lawn Park, according to the park district. The rink at the Daley Bicentennial Plaza is closed due to construction of the Maggie Daley Park. There's one indoor ice rink at McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave.

Ice skating season runs through Feb. 23.

Admission is $3 for adults and free for children and students with a valid ID. Skate rentals are priced at $6 and adult admission with skate rental is $7. Admission and skate rental for family skate from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday nights is $9.95 per family.

Here are locations of the other park district rinks. Hours vary so click here for details.

McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North

Mt. Greenwood Park, 3724 W. 111th St

Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L

Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.

From Dec. 6 through Jan. 12, skaters can get on the ice at the Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice rink at Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier. Admission to the fest is free, but skaters will need a "premium" activity wristband to access the rink and it includes skate rental. Prices for the wristband at $17 online and $20 at the box office.


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