Spend The Day Ice Skating in Chicago at Millennium Park

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Are you in the mood for a delightful winter escape? Ice skating in Millennium Park will add a bit of charm to the cold season.

Here’s all you need to know about ice skating in Chicago at this local landmark:

Millennium Park

Everyone knows “The Bean” — originally known as Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture. This installation is near a well-kept, beautiful outdoor ice skating rink that’s open for public use. If you’re not sure how to get to the rink, just look for “The Bean.”

Skating Fees

Ice skating at Millennium Park is absolutely free! However, it’s best to bring your own skates if you can. If you aren’t a regular in the rink, you can rent skates on site. The cost of rental skates is $13 for weekdays and $15 for weekends and holidays. Aim for weekdays or odd hours, if you can, to make the most out of your money and your time. If you and your group aren’t comfortable in the rink, or you have younger family members you’re in luck. You can go an hour before the rink opens for free ice skating lessons offered by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Dining Options

Chicagoans know their food! You can go for some Italian at Acanto, or opt for Irish food at The Gage, both located in the Millennium Park area. These eateries have excellent reviews and great views. Acanto offers Italian staples — stone-oven pizzas and hand-crafted pasta made in a Southern Italian style. The Gage is ideal for a drinks and dining situation and offers the best that you expect from an Irish pub-inspired eatery in Chicago.

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