5 family-friendly ice skating rinks to try this winter

Ice skating plus hot cocoa sounds like a new family tradition to me! In hopes of achieving that, this past weekend I bundled up my 6- and 2-year-old and headed to the closest ice skating rink at Riis Park.

Arriving as the rink was opening was a great decision. It was our first time ice skating (or attempting to) as a family and we were able to have more space to practice. But as it turns out, ice skating is an all-time favorite amongst Chicago families, so the rink filled up fast.

The food truck by the rink, El Chuzo, did not disappoint. Some hot cocoa, salchipapas (fries with sausages) and empanadas later, and we were the ultimate happy trio. I now consider the combination of skates, icy floors and appetizers an essential family activity during winters in Chicago.

Below are some options for you to get your glide on.

Good to know: If you’re beginners like us, most rinks offer skate lessons for an additional fee.

Riis Ice Rink

Open now through March

6100 W. Fullerton

Admission: Free

Skate rentals: adults $8, children $6.

For a detailed schedule and more info: (312) 746-5735

Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

Open now through March

337 E. Randolph St., Chicago

Admission: Free

Skate rentals: $12 (Mondays through Thursdays); $14 (Fridays through Saturdays and weekends)

McFetridge Ice Rink (Indoor)

Open all year round

3843 N. California Ave., Chicago 

Admission: $2-$6

Skate rentals: $3

Skating in the Park

Open now through Feb. 25

MB Financial Park, Rosemont

5501 Park Place

Admission: Free

Skate rentals: $8

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Open now through March

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St., Chicago

Admission: Free.

Skate rentals: $12.

Special mention: WickerICE

This one-of-a kind rink is a community funded project waiting until the weather freezes the ice naturally to open.

1425 N. Damen

Admission: Free

Skate rentals to be determined.

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