Chicago's Best Winter Activities

Updated February 14, 2019

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Watching NFL Sunday ticket is not a sport (but can be exhausting). Check out where to pair a good drink with snowboarding, skating, skiing and other winter sports in Chicago.

Chicago Winter Fun

The Godfrey Hotel has constructed igloos, a very cool thing to do this winter. The Ace Hotel’s fireplace is one of the hottest winter vibes in which to enjoy a hot tottie.

Ice Hockey & Ice Skating Rinks

Johnny's Ice House (and Johnny's West) is not only home to the Blackhawk's practices, you can join a hockey league, host a hockey event/tournament, or cheer on skaters at this West Town ice skating rink. Watching the Blackhawks' open practices (schedule varies, typically 11am) and other classes like the Figure Skating School Thursdays and Saturdays is free. Johnny's has an adult hockey league, elite league, rat hockey pickup[ games, and hockey classes for beginners and up. The Stanley Club bar inside Johnny's Ice House has plenty of Labatt Blue to keep you warm during evening events and shows all NHL games.

Parson's Chicken and Fish operates a seasonal ice rink, where you can practice your iron lotus in between craft cocktails.

Lincoln Park Zoo has a seasonal ice skating rink from the end of November through the end of February. This family friendly rink has skate rentals and a barn with drinks and snacks, including hot winter drinks. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $5.

The Peninsula Hotel has Chicago's only rooftop ice skating the rink. The catch: you must be a hotel guest to use it, making the Peninsula a top suggestion for your winter staycation!

The city of Chicago has indoor and outdoor skating rinks where you can bring your own coffee or hot chocolate. There are 8 seasonal ice skating rinks including the Maggie Daley skating ribbon, open as late as the first week of March each year. There are also 2 year-round skating opportunities at the indoor rinks located at McFetridge Sports Center and the Morgan Park Sports CenterWicker ICE is an outdoor rink in Wicker Park that is open when tempures accomodate skaters.

Kaiser Tiger is Chicago's first and only curling bar. This West Loop German beer garden transforms into a seasonal winter rink for patrons to feel like olympians who celebrate with steins of beer and bretzels. See the transformation of the bocce ball court into a curling court.

The Chicago Friars club organizes an array of outdoor adventures in Chicago and beyond, including ski trips. Operating closely with Ricochet's bar, apres ski encouraged.

Navy Pier has a seasonal ice rink - in the summer!

The iORooftop at the Godfrey Hotel in River North has winter cubicles ready to host your frosty winter rooftop needs.

Nearby in Rosemont you can enjoy winter fun at Frozemont.