McCormick Free ice skating

Free Ice Skating Lessons / Free Ice Skating in Millennium Park in Chicago

Come out and enjoy some free ice skating in Millennium Park in Chicago this 2017 Christmas season and 2018 winter. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago , now in its 17th season, draws over 100,000 skaters annually.  Kicking off Chicago’s 2017-2018 winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is up and running and open to the public.

 

The rink, located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, will still offer skate rental for only $12.   New this year are Winter Workouts presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. On Fridays-Sundays, one hour before the rink opens, free ice skating lessons will be offered. Each Thursday will feature ice sports skills and drills for Noodle Hockey, curling and speed.

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Now in its 17th season, the Chicago winter tradition offers lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Grant support for Winter Workouts ice skating lessons is provided by McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment, managed by the Millennium Park Foundation.

 

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street. Skating is FREE and open to the public, with skate rentals available for $12 Monday-Thursday and $14 Friday-Sunday/Holidays.

McCormick Free ice skating

The rink, located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, will still offer skate rental for only $12.

 

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink will operate under the following hours:

  • Mondays–Thursday, noon–8pm
  • Fridays, noon–10pm (ice skating lesson at 11am)
  • Saturdays (November 18–January 6), 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Saturdays (January 13–March 3), 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Sundays, 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)

 

Special holiday hours:

  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 10am–4pm
  • Friday, November 24, 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 10am–6pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 10am–4pm
  • Tuesday, December 26 – Saturday, December 30, 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, 10am–8pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 10am–10pm
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 10am–8pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Chicago Public School Improvement Day, Friday, February 2, 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • President’s Day, Monday, February 19,10am–8pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)

 

 Ice Resurfacing lasts approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on conditions.

 

For more information, visit cityofchicago.org or millenniumpark.org.

 

Free Skating Lessons

  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, one hour before the rink opens.
  • Lessons will also be offered each day of Chicago Public School Winter Break, December 22–January 4, except December 25 and January 1, one hour before the rink opens.

 

 

FREE Admission

  • Skate rental is available for $12 Mon.-Thu. and $14 Fri.-Sun./Holidays (includes tax), we do not offer group rates
  • Skate sizes: Toddler 8 – Adult 13 (first come, first serve)
  • Lockers are available to rent for $1
  • Skate sharpening is available for $9

Hot chocolate and snacks are available at the Park Grill Cafe.


Millennium Park Open Daily, 6am-11pm

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