October 22, 2015

Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens Friday, November 13

Opening Day will feature skating performance by non-profit organization Ice Reach

Rebecca Smith    rebecca.smith2@cityofchicago.org, 312.742.2036

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will kick of the winter season on Friday, November 13 (weather permitting), with a festive opening ceremony at 11am featuring ice skaters from Ice Reach, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting participation and involvement in all ice sports. The rink will open to the public at 11:35am and remain open through Sunday, March 6, 2016 (weather permitting.)

For more than a decade, the ice rink has become a Chicago winter tradition drawing over 100,000 skaters annually. Once again this year, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with free skating lessons on Fridays–Sundays, one hour before the rink opens. Additionally, lessons and special programming (including speed skating demos, Noodle Hockey and ice dance demos) will be offered during Chicago Public School’s Winter Break, December 21 – December 31, one hour before the rink opens, except December 25.

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets. Skating is FREE and open to the public, with skate rentals available for $12. Grant support for Winter Workouts was provided by McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment, managed by the Millennium Park Foundation.

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink will operate under the following hours:

•  Mondays–Thursdays, noon–8pm
•  Fridays, noon–10pm (ice skating lesson at 11am)
•  Saturdays (Nov. 14–Jan. 2), 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
•  Saturdays (Jan. 9–March. 5), 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
•  Sundays, 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)

Special holiday hours:

• Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 10am–4pm
• Friday, Nov. 27, 10am–10pm
• Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, 10am–6pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
• Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, 10am–4pm (no ice skating lesson)
• Saturday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Dec. 30, 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
• New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, 10am–8pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
• New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 10am–10pm (no ice skating lesson)
• Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, 10am–8pm
• Chicago Public Schools Closed (School Improvement Day), Friday, Feb. 5, 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
• President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 15, 10am–8pm

The Ice Rink was the first element of Millennium Park to open to the public. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 20, 2001, featured performers and skaters including two gold-medal winning hockey players from the USA women’s team, the Radio City Rockettes and actress Bonnie Hunt. The rink is 200 ft. long, 80 ft. wide and has 15,910 sq. ft. of skating surface.

For more information about events in Millennium Park, visit millenniumpark.org or call 312.742.1168, like Millennium Park on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.

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Note to Press: For information on Chicago Park District ice skating rinks including Maggie Daley Park, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com

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