The winter months conjure up memories of many things: time with family, warm drinks, fire places and snowball fights. Another activity that has been loved for thousands of years is ice skating.
Believed to be originally from Scandinavian countries, old ice skates were likely crafted of animal bones fastened to boot bottoms, which allowed the wearer to travel across frozen surfaces when walking would have been dangerous. It was not until the 13th and 14th century that animal bones were phased out and wood and metal began to be implemented for the blade of the skates. However, it was many years before ice skating became a competitive sport, when in the 17th century, speed skating debuted in the Netherlands.
Today, we skate for pleasure more than anything else, and this past-time is a great way to enjoy an afternoon with friends or family. So grab your coat and explore these 15 mighty independent ice skating rinks in Chicago.
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McCormick-Tribune Ice Skating Rink
55 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60602
McCormick-Tribune's outdoor ice-skating rink is great for the whole family.
Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon
337 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
The high quality of ice at this rink will provide a smooth skating experience.
McFetridge Sports Center
3843 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
McFetridge offers a nice experience for all who come, and it's also a year-round rink for ice sports enthusiasts.
Johnny's IceHouse East
1350 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60607
This open rink provides plenty of space, even when hosting lots of guests.
201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60602
Access to the skating rink is free with park admission.
Midway Plaisance Rink
1130 Midway Plaisance N., Chicago, IL 60637
Midway's affordable rates make this a great family excursion.
Daley Bicentennial Park
337 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60686
This free rink attracts many guests, and rentals for skates are available if you lack your own.
Johnny's IceHouse West
2550 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612
If you like Johnny's IceHouse East, you'll love its western brother.
The Rink at Wrigley
Clark And Addison, Chicago, IL 60657
Right next to Wrigley Field, this ice skating rink is in the heart of Chicago.
Skate by the Lake
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Great prices and an unbeatable location come together in a beautiful combination at this rink.
Morgan Park Sports Center
11505 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60643
This sports center boasts a nice number of amenities and modern facilities.
West Lawn Park State Park
4233 W. 65th St., Chicago, IL 60629
West Lawn Park features many sporting facilities, as well as an ice skating rink outdoors and a sprinkler for kiddos.
Warren Park Ice Rink
6601 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60645
Warren Park Ice Rink is off the beaten path and perfect for a family outing.
MB Ice Arena - Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Arena
1801 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612
Though mainly used for sporting events, MB Ice Arena is an excellent spot for public skating.
11546 S. Avenue L, Chicago, Illinois 60617
Rowan Park offers many sporting options and an ice skating rink — a great combo.