Time to dig out the skates as the Chicago Park District’s outdoor ice rinks open for the season Friday. Just be prepared to plan your outing in advance.
Timed reservations will be required for all programs, from open skate to rat hockey, to allow for social distancing. Slots are released on a rolling basis at noon on Mondays, two weeks in advance. (For example, on Dec. 6, reservations will be released for Dec. 20-26.)
Open skate is free for those who bring their own skates, otherwise a $7 skate rental fee applies.
Additional programming at the city’s outdoor rinks includes drop-in skate lessons and various levels of pickup hockey games. Sled-assisted skating equipment is available with 24 hours notice in advance of a reservation by calling 312-442-2194.
Outdoor rink locations:
— McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road
— Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North
— Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. Opens Dec. 1
— Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.
— Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave.
The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park opened Nov. 19 and operates under a separate ticketing system.