Even though our chances of falling while ice-skating are a little higher than we’d like (let’s just say there’s a 100 percent chance), it wouldn’t be the holiday season if we didn’t lace up our skates at least once. And it wouldn’t be Chicago-style skating without a delicious bite afterwards. So without further do, here are the best local ice skating rinks, with details on the treats at each.
For a Little Luxury: The Peninsula Sky Rink
The Peninsula’s pop-up skating rink has all the cozy comforts you’d expect from a super-luxe hotel. There’s decor inspired by an Alpine village, heated lounges and a little “Chalet” slinging hot chocolate, Champagne and German spiced wine. A suggested donation at the door ($15 per adult; $10 for kids) benefits local children’s charities.
108 East Superior St.; 312-337-2888 or chicago.peninsula.com
For the Skating Hipster: WickerICE Rink
For the first time this year, Chicago’s hippest neighborhood has a community-funded skating rink. Just east of Wicker Park’s fountain, the chilly spot has hours determined by Mother Nature: When the water is frozen, the rink will be open. For post-double-axel sips, head to the nearby Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. (We recommend the Mexican. Extra marshmallows, please.)
1425 N. Damen Ave.; wickerpark.org
For the Whole Family: Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Every kid loves the new Maggie Daley Park, with its climbing wall and adorable “play gardens.” But the park’s coolest feature of all--literally--is its giant Skating Ribbon. The windy rink has gorgeous skyline views and plenty of spots for a hot-chocolate pit stop. You’ll be right near the Art Institute of Chicago, so go see the lions decked in their holiday finery afterward; then grab a glass of Prosecco at Terzo Piano.
337 E. Randolph St.; 312-552-3000 or maggiedaleypark.com
For the Beginner: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
A little afraid of eating it on the ice? We totally get it. But there’s hope. The McCormick Tribune ice rink in Millennium Park is offering free skating lessons during the Chicago Public School holiday break (that’s December 21 to 31). After brushing up, head across the street to Acanto for pizza and homemade huckleberry soda.
201 E. Randolph St.; 312-724-5224 or cityofchicago.org