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Skate & Stay: Hit the ice – and the rink

Skate on ice, and in our vintage gymnasium


WINTER 2018 – Ice skating, roller skating; who doesn’t love a twirl on a pair of skates? This winter, get your twirl on indoors and outdoors with ice skating at Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park just outside our door, followed by some hot pants- and festive sweater-forward roller skating in Stagg Court with the hotel’s holiday “Mistletoes” skate nights.

Ice Skate: Millennium Park & Maggie Daley Park
Head across the street from the hotel to find the Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. This proper rink, which sits in front of the Park Grill and the vast walkable park just beyond, is open to the public for free starting at noon weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends. You can rent skates and hit the ice to get your twirling fix. If you want a more elaborate skating session, set your destination for the Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley park. A little farther east than the Millennium Park rink, this meandering quarter-mile-long ice ribbon can accommodate up to 700 skaters. While you skate around, you’re treated to views of the skyline, Lake Michigan and the sloping Maggie Daley Park, which has a variety of play areas for kids, including a bunch of things to climb on.

Roller Skate: Mistletoes Holiday Skate Night
Throughout the year, we’re known our themed roller skate nights in our historic gym, Stagg Court, (why else would we own 300+ pairs of skates?), and the holiday season is no exception. Lace up those rollerskates on Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15 from 6 – 11 p.m. for “Mistletoes: Holiday Skate,” and groove to the classics like it’s a ’79 holiday party. ‘Tis the season for getting festive and getting’ down. Book your skating session for $20/session here.

Overnight Stay: Your Second Bedroom
Wherever you decide to lace up or hit the ice, plan to head back to the Chicago Athletic Association hotel afterward to warm up. Grab space in the Drawing Room in front of one of the grand fireplaces or continue the fun by playing bocce and billiards in the Game Room. You can even make a night or weekend of it by booking a room at the hotel through our Your Second Bedroom promotion. You can secure up to 30 percent off for up to four people through Dec. 30.

And here you thought you were just going skating.

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