Ice skating in Chicago's Millennium Park

Nov 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Strap on your ice skates and spend the day twirling around Chicago's picturesque McCormick Tribune Ice Rink with the city's landmark skyscrapers as your backdrop.


McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Spending the holidays in Chicago is an idyllic experience. Especially when ice skating in Chicago's Millennium Park at the outdoor McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. For just $10 (or free if you have your own pair of ice skates), you can skate to the sound of holiday classics singing from the speakers. The festive bows adorning the light posts, the smiling faces of children wrapped in scarves and mittens learning to skate and families sipping hot cocoa from the neighboring Park Grill restaurant will make you feel as if you've stepped into one of those snow globes sold at a Chicago souvenir shop.

On a perfect day, soft snowflakes will fall around you and the Chicago cityscape will be in full view, including the famous Cloud Gate Sculpture, a.k.a., "The Bean," that sits just above the rink. By night, the lights from the towering skyscrapers and from the trees lining the rink are spectacular, giving it a warm glow.

Located just off Michigan Avenue, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, celebrating its eleventh anniversary this year and boasting over 100,000 visitors each season, is nothing short of charming and the perfect way to spend the holidays in Chicago.

The rink will open just before Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 18 and remain open through Thursday, March 11, weather permitting. The hours vary, but arrive early and bring your own skates to avoid waiting in line.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink information

Address: Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street (on the east side of Michigan Avenue; map it)

Phone: 312.742.1168