Chicago Park District

Citywide Outdoor Ice Rinks Open Nov. 29

11/22/2013

Work off Thanksgiving calories by hitting one of the Chicago Park District’s outdoor ice skating rinks when they open for the season Friday, Nov. 29, weather permitting.  Skating season runs through Sunday, Feb. 23 at most outdoor rinks, weather permitting.

The Chicago Blackhawks sponsor the Chicago Park District’s outdoor ice rinks.  This year, a new rink has been added at Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave., and will open in December 2013.  Additionally, the ice rink at Daley Bicentennial Plaza is closed due to Maggie Daley Park construction.  There are no longer ice rinks at West Lawn Park or at Wrigley Field.

Also new this year, most ice rinks will feature programming including pick-up hockey games.  Programs are as follows:

Open Skate
Offered 7 days a week; see schedules below.  
Skate rentals for all ages: $6
Admission: adults $3; children and students with valid ID free
Adult admission with skate rental: $7
Friday evening family skate, 6:30 – 9 p.m., special price: $10 (includes skate rental)

Weekly Drop-In Learn to Skate Sessions
Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., prior to open skate at all outdoor rinks except Midway Plaisance
Admission: $10; includes skate rental (based on availability) and entry to public skate.
This drop-in session provides instruction on the basics of balance, forward stride, starting and stopping, and backward skating.  It is open to all ages and to both hockey players and ice skaters.  Recreational or hockey helmets, gloves and knee pads are recommended. 

Stick & Puck and Pond Hockey
This combined program offers 45 minutes of Stick & Puck followed by 45 minutes of Pond Hockey for one price. 
Admission (includes skate rental): $7 per person, $10 for adult & child.
Recreational or hockey helmet recommended.
• Stick & Puck offers open access to the ice specifically for practicing stickhandling, skating and shooting skills.  No scrimmage games or slap shots allowed.  Youth skaters may be on the ice with supervision. 
• Pond Hockey is more like the neighborhood pick-up game and is less competitive than rat hockey.  No slap shots or body checking allowed and hockey helmets are required.  Program is open to children and adults.

Rat Hockey
Rat hockey is available for adult players to play pick-up games.  Full hockey equipment is required, and slap shots are allowed.  No checking permitted. 
Admission (includes skate rental): $10.  Available for players ages 18 and older.

Sled Assisted Skating
No usage charge; reservations required by calling individual rinks.
Sled assisted skating allows people of all abilities to skate together.  These specialty sleds for both children and adults are designed with a foot guard, ABS bucket seat, foot rest and pusher handle. 

Holiday Hours
All ice rinks will be closed on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Please note that schedules and fees are subject to change.  Contact the individual ice rinks or the Chicago Park District at 312-742-PLAY (7529) or visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

The Chicago Park District operates ice rinks in the following park locations:

*Indoor Rink* at McFetridge Sports Center, California Park, 3843 N. California Ave.
773-478-2609
Admission fees: children ages 12 & under, $4; teens and adults, $5; seniors $2
skate rental: $3
Monday: 12-1:30 p.m. adult open skate
Tuesday: 12-1:30 p.m. adult open skate; 3:30-4:45 p.m. all ages open skate
Wednesday-Thursday: 12-1:30 p.m. adult open skate
Friday: 12-1:30 p.m. adult open skate; 3:30-5 p.m. open skate; 9:20-10:45 p.m. teens and adult skate
Saturday: 4:40 – 6:10 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 4:30 – 6 p.m. open skate

McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road, 312-747-5992
Wednesday-Thursday: 3-7 p.m. open skate
Friday: 1:30-5 p.m. open skate; 5:15-6:15 p.m. rat hockey; 6:30-9 p.m. family skate
Saturday: 10-10:45 a.m. stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 a.m. pond hockey; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. learn to skate; 1-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 12-6 p.m. open skate; 6-7:30 p.m. rat hockey

Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn), 312-745-2470
Monday – Thursday: 12-7 p.m. open skate
Friday: 12-5 p.m. open skate; 5:15-6:15 p.m. rat hockey; (Nov.-Dec. only) 6:30-9 p.m. family skate
Saturday: 1-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 12-6 p.m. open skate; 6:30-8 p.m. rat hockey

Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111 St., 312-747-3690
Wednesday – Thursday: 3-7 p.m. open skate
Friday: 1:30-5 p.m. open skate; 5:15-6:15 p.m. rat hockey; 6:30-9 p.m. family skate
Saturday: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. learn to skate; 1-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 12-6 p.m. open skate, 6-7:30 p.m. rat hockey

Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., 312-746-5735
Wednesday – Thursday: 3-7 p.m. open skate
Friday: 1:30-5 p.m. open skate; 5:15-6:15 p.m. rat hockey; 6:30-9 p.m. family skate
Saturday: 10-10:45 a.m. stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 a.m. pond hockey; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. learn to skate; 1-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 12-6 p.m. open skate; 6-7:30 p.m. rat hockey

Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L, 773-646-1967
Wednesday-Thursday: 3-7 p.m. open skate
Friday: 1:30-5 p.m. open skate; 5:15-6:15 p.m. rat hockey; 6:30-9 p.m. family skate
Saturday: 10-10:45 a.m. stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 a.m. pond hockey; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. learn to skate; 1-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 12-6 p.m. open skate; 6-7:30 p.m. rat hockey

Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave., 773-761-8663
Wednesday-Thursday: 3-7 p.m. open skate
Friday: 1:30-5 p.m. open skate; 5:15-6:15 p.m. rat hockey; 6:30-9 p.m. family skate
Saturday: 10-10:45 a.m. stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 a.m. pond hockey; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. learn to skate; 1-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 12-6 p.m. open skate; 6-7:30 p.m. rat hockey

Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave., 312-747-6993
Opens December 2013; date to be announced
Wednesday-Thursday: 3-7 p.m.
Friday: 1:30-5 p.m. open skate; 5:15-6:15 p.m. rat hockey; 6:30-9 p.m. family skate
Saturday: 10-10:45 a.m. stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 a.m. pond hockey; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. learn to skate; 1-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. open skate
Sunday: 12-6 p.m. open skate; 6-7:30 p.m. rat hockey

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