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The Chicago Park District opens its five neighborhood Chicago Blackhawks outdoor ice rinks November 23
The Chicago Park District opens its five neighborhood Chicago Blackhawks outdoor ice rinks November 23Photo: Chicago Park District

Learn to skate, participate in a Chicago Blackhawks hockey clinic & play in the citywide Silver Skates competition

The Chicago Park District announced today that the Chicago Blackhawks ice rinks at parks citywide will open for the season Friday, November 23, weather permitting. Skate rentals are available at all rinks. Patrons may also bring their own and enjoy amazing views of Chicago’s skyline and city parks while skating. 

“Skating is just one more fun and exciting way to enjoy your neighborhood parks this winter,” said Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “From learning how to shoot a puck or twirl gracefully while on skates, neighborhood ice rinks provide visitors of all ages with access to quality programming and memorable experiences close to home.” 

Child ice skater trainers and sled assisted skates are available to allow 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.

Maggie Daley Park’s popular ribbon, which is twice the length of a normal ice rink, is open.

Chicago Blackhawk neighborhood ice rinks 

The Chicago Park District will open its five neighborhood Chicago Blackhawks outdoor ice rinks November 23, weather permitting. Open skate and family skate opportunities are available throughout the season at all of the rink locations. Come learn to skate or participate in popular programs like Stick & Puck, Pond Hockey and Rat Hockey. Participants start by learning the basics of balance, forward stride, starting and stopping, and backward skating. Admission is free to all five neighborhood ice rinks. Skating rental is $7 for all ages.

Please visit our website or contact individual parks for ice rink hours of operation. 

Locations include: 

•    McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd., 312-747-6527
•    Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North, 312-745-2470
•    Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., 312-747-6564
•    Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave., 773-262-6314
•    Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave., 312-747-6993

Please be advised that Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., and Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L, are not opening at this time. Check the Chicago Park District website for updates.  

Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinics

The Chicago Blackhawks offer kids, ages 5 to 12 years old, the opportunity to participate in free learn-to-play ice hockey clinics. Use of skates and professional equipment will be provided at no cost to the participating skaters. Participants will also receive a free Chicago Blackhawks jersey.  Skating experience is not required, but participants should plan on arriving 20 to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled lesson. Spots are limited; interested individuals should register online at https://www.nhl.com/blackhawks/community/cpd-clinics.

•    Warren Park- December 8, January 16 & 23
•    McKinley Park- December 15
•    Midway Plaisance Park- January 19
•    Mt. Greenwood Park- January 26 & 30
•    Riis Park- February 2
•    Wentworth Park- February 6

Silver Skate Competitions

Competitive skaters are invited to participate in seven local speed skating competitions and a citywide championship. Silver Skates is open to children and adults. Distance to skate is determined by the age of each participant. Distances range from 100 meters to 10,000 meters. Participants must register on site an hour prior to the meet. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 20 participants from each age group and gender. Helmets and skates are available free of charge at all meets. 

Park: Wentworth Park
Date: Wed., January 2, 2019
Registration: 4 p.m.; races begin at 5 p.m.

Park: Mt. Greenwood Park 
Date: Thurs., January 3, 2019
Registration: 4 p.m.; races begin at 5 p.m.

Park: Midway Plaisance Park
Date: Wed., January 9, 2019
Registration: 5 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m.

Park: McKinley Park
Date: Thurs., January 10, 2019
Registration: 5 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m.

Park: McFetridge Sports Center
Date: Tue., January 15, 2019
Registration: 5 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m.

Park: Riis Park
Date: Wed., January 16, 2019
Registration: 5 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m.

Park: Warren Park
Date: Thurs., January 17, 2019
Registration: 5 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m.

Citywide Championship
Park: McFetridge Sports Center
Date: Tue., January 19, 2019
Registration: 9 a.m.; races begin at 10 a.m.

Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

Maggie Daley Park skating ribbon offers skaters a view of the city’s breathtaking skyline and a fun outdoor experience. Admission to the Skating Ribbon is free. Skate rental is available for those who do not own skates, Monday through Thursday (excluding holiday periods) for $13.  Rental is available on weekends and holiday periods for $15. 

“Fast Passes” return this year for $40 for one person. These include free admission to the ribbon, skate and locker rental and the ability to skip the line; only available 72 hours in advance. There will also be a $90 “Fast Pass” for two skaters. This option includes skates for two, lockers for two, two cups of hot chocolate, and fast passes. These passes must be purchased onsite during Skating Ribbon hours and are available in limited quantities during peak hours. 

Events returning to the skate ribbon include the annual Ugly Sweater Skate on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Skate with Santa, taking place December 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come enjoy a skate with Santa, play games and take photos in the field house.

For Zamboni hours, holiday hours, visit https://maggiedaleypark.com/things-to-do-see/skating-ribbon.

For more information about the Chicago Park District and its ice rinks please visit https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/ice-rinks.