Outdoor ice skating

As a follow-up to our sledding hill round-up, we are pleased to offer you this guide to the North Shore's outdoor skating rinks. Recently, we've seen pics of a few people on the East Coast trying to create their own mini rinks in their back yards. Lucky for you, living on the North Shore means you can skip the hassle since we have a plethora of outdoor options to choose from. However, with the recent "heat wave", before heading out, it's best to give these places to call to make sure there is ice.

Call us crazy, but we are kind of looking forward to the return of colder temps, because there's something truly special about outdoor skating. Even if you hate the cold! And of course, if all else fails, there are plenty of indoor options too, but we all know it won't stay this warm for long! So hold on to this list….Have you seen next week's forecast?


Dawes Park Lagoon, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8

Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St.
Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8


Gillson Park, Sheridan Rd. and Michigan Ave.
 Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Mallinckrodt Park, Elmwood and Ridge Rds. (Parking in north lot)
 Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Thornwood Park, Dartmouth Ave. and Thornwood Ave. Call 847-256-6100
 Available for pond hockey as well as recreational skating Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Pond on the Green, 490 Hibbard Rd. (just south of Winnetka Ice Arena)
 This newly refrigerated pond is open 4:00-9:00 pm weekdays and 11:45 am – 9:00 pm weekends, weather permitting. Click here for scheduling info.

Hubbard Woods Park, Green Bay Rd, west of train station
 Rink is open 4:00 – 9:00 pm weekdays and 12 – 9:00 pm weekends, weather permitting.

Indian Hill Park, 131 Wilson Street
 4:30 – 8 pm weekdays, 2 – 7 pm, weekends weather permitting, unsupervised.
 Call 847-501-2052

Clarkson Park pond Northfield


Clarkson Park, 1950 Willow Rd.
 Call 847-604-1893

Northfield Park, 240 Lockwood Ave.
 Call 847-501-2052


Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St.
There are two refrigerated, lighted rinks at Watts so warmer weather is usually not a factor. Call 847-835-3030 for more info.

Watts Park Ice Rink, Glencoe IL


Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Rd.
 Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 26 for conditions.

Johns Park, 2101 Central Rd.
 Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 27 for conditions.

Roosevelt Park, 2200 Grove St.
 Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 28 for conditions.

Highland Park

Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd.
 Rink is lighted/open til 9 am - 9 pm daily. Call 847-432-4303 or check online : http://rainoutline.com/search/extension/8475799008/52

Lake Forest

West Park, Green Bay and Woodlands Rds.
 Monday - Thursday 3:30-9:00 p.m.
 Friday 3:30-10:00 p.m.
 Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
 Sunday 12:00-9:00 p.m.
 Call 837-234-6702, ext. 5


Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave.
 Monday – Friday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Kids)
 6:30 – 9 p.m (Adults)
 Saturday 12 – 8:30 p.m.
 Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.

Tower Rink, 1225 Cedar Lane
 Monday – Friday 4:30 – 8 p.m.
 Saturday 12 – 8 p.m.
 Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.
 Call 847-291-2985, ext. 3


You can check ice status online for any Deerfield rinks at http://www.deerfieldparks.org/ice-rink-status/

Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive.
 Lighted family rink and hockey rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Jaycee Park, 1026 Wilmot Rd.
 Lighted family rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Pine Street Park (Patti Stryker), Pine & Hackberry

Briarwood Park, Greenbriar Dr. & Eastwood

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