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When You Could Ice Skate in Lincoln Park

The ice skating rink in Millennium Park


When winter hit in the late 1800s and you wanted to get outside for some fun, you could hit the South Pond in Lincoln Park to go ice skating. The entire pond on the west side of the Grant Memorial would freeze over and Chicagoans would take to the ice for some chilly frivolity.

These days, if you want to skate, you can hit the rink in Millennium Park or the new skating ribbon in Maggie Daley Park, but you’ll oftentimes wait in long lines to get your turn. Even though we’re (hopefully) still a ways away from skating, you can also check out the other city-run ice rinks in a number of parks including McKinley Ice Rink, Riis Ice Rink and Wentworth Ice Rink.

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