Sock skating on a wooden floor might be fun, but there’s nothing like feeling the cool breeze on your face as you glide across a real ice rink. It’s time to lace up your skates for an essential winter activity. Flip through our album to find great places to skate outside. Some of them are new — and many are free!

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park

Whirl and twirl with the skyline at your side. The Crown Fountain might be closed for the winter, but you’ll feel like Princess Elsa as you cast your ice spells over this local favorite.

Bonus: You'll skate in the shadow of Cloud Gate and can grab a bite at the nearby Park Grill.

Open through March 4, 2018. Admission is free. Skate rental is $12. 201 E. Randolph St., The Loop (312-742-1168 or

What is your favorite place to ice skate? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Maria Chambers & Amy Bizzarri