Millennium Park's Ice Skating Rinks Have Set An Opening Date
By Rachel Cromidas in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 13, 2017 5:37PM
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Photo via the City of Chicago.
In keeping with Chicago's reputation for having a fall season so short, you might blink and miss it, the city has announced this year's opening date for the Millennium Park ice skating rinks: Nov. 17.
Those rinks, in case you need a reminder, are the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon, and the McCormick Tribune Rink just off Michigan Avenue. They will open the same day the city plans to light its official Christmas tree on Washington Street.
The rinks are free to the public, as long as you have your own skates. Otherwise, you'll have to rent skates for $12. ($14 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at the ice ribbon. You can also purchase a fast pass in advance to jump the line for the ribbon and rent skates for $40 for one person, or $90 for two people, plus lockers and hot chocolate. Those lines can get long!)
The ice rinks' hours are as follows: Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the ribbon, 9 p.m. for the rink. The rink will be open until March 4, 2018.