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Ice skating is a quintessential winter-time activity that can quench your need for speed or usher in a few laughs as you hang onto the boards at your favorite rink. It’s the perfect time to burn off those extra holiday calories, so grab your skates and your warmest scarf before stepping out on the ice at one of these top Chicago rinks:

Millennium Park – McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
More than 100,000 skaters annually glide across the ice at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue. Admission is free, and if you need to rent a pair of skates, the $12 fee is well worth it to take in the city sights as you glide along. Don’t miss the free skating lessons one hour before the rink opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon
To experience all things Chicago, check out the Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon in the heart of downtown. Lace up your skates and wind through a ribbon of ice that is twice the length of a lap around your average skating rink. Best yet, you get to admire the city’s skyline along the way. Open daily through March, the skating ribbon provides a unique skating experience that you’ll want to enjoy over and over again.

Midway Plaisance Park
This Chicago Park District facility in Hyde Park boasts 83 acres of ice to give you plenty of space to practice your spins, twirls and jumps. With great views of the nearby University of Chicago, Midway Plaisance Park also features a much-appreciated warming center and the opportunity to participate in ice skating lessons or pick-up hockey games.

McFetridge Sports Center
If indoor skating is more your style, head to the only indoor skating facility managed by the Chicago Park District – the McFetridge Sports Center. With multiple open skate times, you’re bound to find a convenient time to hit the ice. If you have an aspiring Michelle Kwan in your family, multiple skating programs are available for all ages and abilities.