The weather in Lake County can be frightful in the winter, but don’t stay cooped up in the house! Outdoor ice rinks are a great way to make the best of the plunging temperatures that we have here. Luckily for
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Outdoor Ice Skating in Lake County
Antioch Ice Rink
414 Lake St, Antioch. | 847-395-2160
(located in the municipal lot behind Hannah’s Home Accents)
The rink has lights for skating at night, but no bathrooms. Those interested in playing hockey on the rink are required to obtain a permit from the parks and recreation office. Groups playing hockey must have adult supervision as well as the permit in hand. For updates on the rink’s status, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 847-395-2160.
Artesian Park Ice Rink
10 E. Sheridan Place, Lake Bluff | 847-234- 4150
The skating rink at Artesian Park will be open weather permitting (and as long as there isn’t too much snow). The warming house, fully working bathrooms, and lights at night make this rink a pretty good choice for skating. During supervised skating hours, attendants will be on duty to monitor skaters. During unsupervised hours, no attendants are on duty but the warming house and bathrooms will be open. See their website for hours of both supervised and unsupervised skating. While hockey is allowed, and goals are available for use, players must use the west side of the rink. A sign will be placed outside the ice rink indicating the status of the rink. If the sign indicates that the rink is closed, please stay off the ice. Visit the Ice Conditions page for current ice conditions.
Century Park North, 1401 Indianwood Drive, Vernon Hills | 847-996-6616
A limited supply of loaner ice skates are available for rental. They will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot drinks and candy are also available for purchase in the warming house. Check the park district’s website for daily availability. Alternatively, you may call the Weather Hotline at 847-996-6616 for updates to the ice rink.
Deerfield Park District
For ice rink status and hours, visit Deerfield Park District Ice Rink Status Page or call their hotline at (847) 945-0650. Deerfield Park District maintains neighborhood rinks with timed lighting for your skating enjoyment from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lighted family ice rinks with warming houses are located at:
Grayslake Park District
Grayslake maintains five
- Jones Island, 243 Harvey Avenue
- Haryan Farms – Molly’s Pond, 890 Alleghany Road
- College Trail – Cambridge Lake, 291 Buckingham Drive
- Chesapeake Farms, 965 Chesapeake Boulevard
- English Meadows Subdivision, Grayslake
Gurnee Park District
Gurnee Park District has three different locations where you can skate at this winter. Typically they open the rinks mid- December and keep them maintained until February. All rinks are unsupervised, but a few have bathrooms for skaters to use. Betty Russell Park is the only skating rink that features a warming house and hockey playing. Call the Ice Rink Line at 847-599-3774 or check their website to hear the ice rink conditions and hours on a particular day. In addition, a flag system is used at Betty Russell Park to alert skaters of the ice rink conditions. A green flag indicates the rink is open; a red flag indicates that the rink is closed.
- Betty Russell Community Park, 5300 Pinewood Road
- Christine Thompson Park ( Located at the corner of Woodlawn and Belle Plaine Ave)
- Hunt Club Park, 920 N. Hunt Club Road
- Esper Petersen Park (In lieu of Viking Park) located on corner of Grand and Old Grand Avenue
- University Park (Located at University Avenue and Estes Street)
Lake County Forest Preserve
Lace up your skates and head to the lake at Independence Grove, or the man-made rinks at Lakewood and Old School. Ice hockey is not allowed at any of these locations. The two man-made rinks are shallow and typically freeze earlier in the season than the lake at Independence Grove where a 4.5-inch layer is required for ice skating. Want to ice skate before school? No problem, these rinks open at 6:30 a.m.
- Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda
- Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville
- Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville
Libertyville Park District
- Adler Park, 1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue
- Nicholas-Dowden Park, 748 Crane Boulevard
Lindenhurst Park District
The ice must be at a specified thickness throughout the
- Millennium Park, 201 Country Place Lane
- John Janega Memorial Park, 205 Hickory Drive
- Engle Memorial Park 2200 E. Grass Lake Road
Mundelein Park District
Ice skating and sledding
- Keith Mione Community Park, 1461 N. Midlothian Road
- Lions Field, E. Noel Drive and Countryside Avenue
- Diamond Lake Sports Complex, 1016 N Diamond Lake Rd
200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich | 847 438-5141
Ice skating rinks will be
Round Lake Park District
The Round Lake Area Park District maintains two outdoor rinks for FREE public skating and hockey play. Hart’s Hill Park skating rink is lit and features a warming house for cold skaters. Ice skating at Whipple O. Parrot park is on a lake, so the ice has to be a certain thickness in order to safely skate. Safety conditions are reviewed on a daily basis and indicated by a flag system. A red flag indicates the rinks are closed; a green flag indicates the rinks are open. Call 847-546-8558 for current conditions.
- Whipple O. Parrot Park, 215 Forest Glen Drive
- Hart’s Hill, 814 Hart Road
Spring Lake Park
49 Oxford Dr, Lincolnshire |847-883-8600
The Department of Public Works of Lincolnshire is responsible for maintaining and monitoring the thickness of the ice at Spring Lake Park. From the third week in November to the third week in February, they will monitor the ice conditions. A sign will be posted at the lake if skating is unsafe at a particular time.
Sunset Woods Park Ice Rink
1801 Sunset Road. Highland Park | 847-831-3810
A large sheet of ice for open skating and one hockey rink are provided for your enjoyment. Groups must be considerate of each other while skating at these rinks. Helmets will be required for all skaters in the hockey rink. There is no supervision or skate rental provided this outdoor rink. Vending machines, lights for night skating, bathrooms, and a warming house are available. Download the Rainout Line app to get updates on whether rink is open on a particular day.
Wauconda Park District
Outdoor Skating is available
At Fieldbrook Park, in order to be open, there must be at least three (3) days with temperatures of 20 degrees or below and an extended forecast with temps of 20 degrees or below in order to begin flooding the rink. At Beach Park, no skating allowed until the ice reaches a thickness of eight inches. Hockey is available at this location. A green flag means it is safe to skate; a red flag means it is NOT safe. Park District staff will check the ice thickness in the rink area only. Call 847-526-4606 or check their website for details and hours of operation.
- Fieldbrook Park, Liberty Lakes Blvd.
- Beach Park, 122 Park Street
Waukegan Park District
Waukegan has three locations for outdoor ice skating as well as many free, instructional classes for children of all ages. If you do not own skates, the Belvidere Park location has a limited supply that you can check out using your
- Arbor Park, 1151 S. Pleasant Hill Gate
- Belvidere Park, 412 S. Lewis Avenue
- Victory Park, 1325 North Avenue
850 Summit Avenue, Lake Forest | 847-234-6702
Lake Forest maintains outdoor skating facilities at West Park featuring a warming house with bathrooms and ice rink guards. West Park also has lights for night skating and hockey goals. Signs will be posted when the ice is not safe to skate on. Before you head out you can call 847-234-6702, option 8, to find out the status of the ice. When the rink is open, guards will be on duty.
Wheeling Park District
333 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling | 847-537-2284
During the winter months when conditions are favorable, the park district maintains two ice rinks. The rink closes at dusk. To check ice conditions, call the 24-hour hotline at 847-537-2284 or visit the Wheeling Park District website. The green flag on the page indicates the ice is open, a red flag means the ice is closed for skating.
- Heritage Park, 100 Community Blvd.
- Horizon Park, 350 Northgate Parkwa
Willow Stream Park
651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove | 847-850-2100
The rink is located on the south side of the park off of Old Checker Road. It is lighted until 10:30 p.m at night. The Willow Stream Park rink will be open until March 1, depending on snow and
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