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“Winter fun... but consider Bicentennial Park, just one block away” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Blue Island, IL (Chicago)
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8 reviews
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“Winter fun... but consider Bicentennial Park, just one block away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

Great place to skate, with fantastic views. However: it can be crazy crowded and skate rentals cost $10 (admission is free). If you go just one block east (over the curvy bridge over Columbus, next to the Pritzker Pavilion), you can skate in much less crowded conditions and only have to pay $6 for skate rentals. Plus the view is pretty much the same--glorious!

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“Outdoor skating in a wonderful urban location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2007

We visited the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink at Millennium Park on opening night (a weeknight) and loved it. The rink is very well lit with wonderful views of the Michigan Ave street wall and other features of Millennium Park. For those from warmer climates, the chance to go ice skating outdoors in such a great setting is a rare treat. Though daytime temperatures were in the 60s F with no sub-freezing nights for several days preceding, the rink was open for skating. There was a large crowd at the rink but the mood was relaxed and friendly (other comments on the forums indicate it can get VERY crowded with long waits for skates at times). Two Chicago PD officers on Segways were constantly in the area as well as other security personnel. Skate rental was $9 for unlimited usage; the counter staff was friendly and accommodating. Benches are provided inside and outside for lacing up skates. Though the majority of people skating were obviously well accomplished, there were a number of beginners, including us. The more seasoned skaters were very friendly and understanding of those of us clinging desperately to the perimeter rail, offering tips and encouragement. The rink has a block of public lockers available to rent inside the skate rental facility, to the left of the counter. The lockers are coin operated (four quarters). Each closing/opening costs $1, in other words you can't open and close the locker repeatedly with the key without paying the rental fee again. The lockers are pretty good sized and deep, probably 12" x 12" x 24"; we had no problem stuffing several large bags in the locker with some careful arranging. I would even use these for short term storage while visiting downtown Chicago or Millennium Park in general if you didn't want to carry your purse/briefcase/purchases, etc. with you while walking. The Palmer House Hilton is just two blocks away, though I didn't try, I'm sure they have a bag check they would be happy to let you use, remember to tip the attendant/bellman if you do so. The walk east on Washington Street to the Washington El stop was well lit and busy at 9:00 p.m., the block and a half walk from the El to the Washington/Dearborn Blue Line station entrance was darker and felt less secure. While we exited the rink after a short period of time after becoming convinced we were going to fall and injure ourselves (this is a solid plug for skating lessons and protective equipment including a helmet), we thoroughly enjoyed the visit and recommend it heartily.

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