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Skating Through Winter in Chicago

The holiday season is officially over in Chicago, and picturesque snowfalls are no longer as charming as they once. Now snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures stand as road blocks as we trudge along towards spring. Instead of getting down about the dog days of winter, consider embracing it ... or better yet, skating through it. Now's the time to take advantage of pastimes better suited for snow than sun. Chicago's the place to be for some great ice-skating near the city's landmarks.

Here are just a few recommendations for Chicagoans and visitors to the Windy City:

  • Millennium Park: Located under Chicago's most famous public artwork Cloud Gate (you may know it as the Bean) along Michigan Avenue, the skating rink here allows folks to enjoy the city's beloved green space even in winter. This free rink is open through March 13. Skate rentals are 10 bucks a pair. The best part? When you're done for the day, head indoors and enjoy some historic art at the nearby Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Wrigley Field: The Cubs might not be home for the season, but Wrigley Field is still bustling with a skating rink just outside the iconic baseball stadium through February. It's a little cheaper to visit during the week, and parking is always free.  
  • John Hancock Observatory: Take skating to new heights on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Tower. Take in breathtaking views of the city while skating across synthetic ice inside this Chicago landscape. This new rink will be up through March.
  • Local parks: Scattered throughout the city are more than 10 other rinks. A trip to these parks is a great way to explore all of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. Hours and costs vary by location.

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Deal Expert, Chicago
Thursday, January 27, 2011
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