Illinois November 29, 2017
9 Best Places In Illinois For A Magical Evening Of Ice Skating
Illinois is a wonderland of winter traditions that make this time of year magical. While some like seeing light shows or shopping at festive markets, many others don’t feel a tug at their heartstrings until they’ve gone ice skating.
Outdoor lovers crave time on the ice during this time of year. These nine places to ice skate in Illinois are mostly outdoors and are all sure to fill your evening with wonder and enchantment.
1. Let's Skate at Old Orchard Mall (Skokie)
This festive event only runs November 20 through November 30, 2017. Kids of all ages enjoy this makeshift ice rink outside Bloomingdale's for a fun winter experience. While it is mostly open skate, there are occasional performances to watch out for as well.
2. Depot Pond (Batavia)
Once the green flag is flown over this expansive pond, locals are free to ice skate. There are no specific dates for this as it is dependent upon the weather. This is one of the best natural ice skating ponds in Illinois, and you don't want to miss it. Watch the weather for consecutive days with temperatures below zero degrees before you head out.
3. Winter Wonderland Ice Rink (Orland Park)
This ice rink is available throughout the entire holiday and winter season from November 18, 2017 to March 5, 2018, weather permitting. There is a warming shelter nearby so you can relax before hitting the ice again and again.
4. The Loading Dock Ice Rink (Grafton)
The only indoor ice rink on our list, it is included because it really is something special. Typically just a restaurant, this amazing place ices its floors beginning November 18, 2017. You can pay to skate all day Friday through Sunday or reserve space for an entire party.
5. PNC Winterfest (Peoria)
Located on Jefferson Avenue, this gigantic ice rink is one of the most popular winter attractions in the state. It is open November 24, 2017 through January 14, 2018. Join the fun on New Years Eve for fireworks, a ball drop, and countdown to 2018.
6. Wicker ICE (Chicago)
Bring your own skates to this frozen oasis in the city. Hours and days of operation depend on ice and weather conditions, and both figure skating and ice hockey are allowed.
7. Skating in the Park (Rosemont)
From November 24, 2017 to February 25, 2018, Chicagoland locals love to visit this large ice rink. It is located next to many restaurants, a candy store, and a movie theatre, and is also close to the outlet malls. Dazzling lights and music make this one of the most cheerful places to skate.
8. Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon (Chicago)
A winding path that connects sections of the park across a major roadway in Chicago is iced over mid-November through early March for locals to enjoy. This is one of the most unique ice skating experiences you'll find in the whole state as it's so much more than a simple ice rink.
9. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (Chicago)
At the center of Millennium Park is the most popular skating event in the city. It is open November 17, 2017 through March 4, 2018, and is a wonderful place to find holiday magic.
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11 perfect cold weather activities for your Illinois bucket list.
Where in Illinois do you like to go ice skating? Share your favorite spots with us!