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Twirl, Twizzle and Triple Lutz on the Lake County Ice

Did you know that Lake County has over 30 ice skating locations? On a beautiful winter’s day, there’s no better place to be scooting over frozen water. It is time to make your best U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Bradie Tennell triple axel impression.

It’s an opportunity to slap shot like Chicago Blackhawk’s star Jonathan Toews. Whatever your favorite activity is on the ice, be sure to invite friends and family to create memories on the twirl, twizzle and triple lutz on the Lake County ice.

 

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Before heading out to the ice, there are a few things you need to know!
1. – Always call ahead to make sure that the rink is open
2. – Check the ice conditions on their website at https://www.lcfpd.org/ice-skating.  If there’s a weather advisory, it might be a good idea to try an indoor activity, until it clears up a little. (Check out alternative things to do here!)
3. – Bundle up and if you’re skating with little ones, stick to some of the rinks with warming houses.
4. Wear a mask to keep those COVID-19 numbers at bay
5. Many indoor ice rinks are closed due to the public health crisis.

Feel the breeze at these outdoor rinks.

Lake County Forest Preserves Ice Skating
Ice must be at least 4 inches thick on ponds (and in some places, 6 inches) for ice skating.

Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda
– Man-made skating pond
– Lighted and open until 9 p.m. daily when conditions allow
– Main entrance: are located on Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road
– Go to east for entry into the Winter Sports Area

Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville

– Man-made lighted skating pond
– Open daily until sunset when conditions allow
– Entrance/parking lot: St. Mary’s Road just south of Rt. 176, and north of Rt. 60 (Townline Rd.)

 Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville
– 16400 W Buckley Rd, Libertyville
– Designated skating area is on the southern end of the lake
– Open until dusk

 
DEERFIELD:  Call 847-945-0650

Jaycee Park
1048 Wilmot Road
– Lighted rink/hockey permitted

Patti Stryker Park
Pine and Hackberry
– Unlighted rink

Briarwood Park
199 Carlisle Ave. 

Insider Tip!  There’s a warming house at Jewett and Jaycee Parks for those colder winter days. Lights at the rinks operate from 4-10 p.m. daily

FOX LAKE: CALL 224.225.1404

Fox Lake Ice Rink
17 E. School Ct.

  • Open Daily 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Hockey prohibited during public skate
  • Hockey/stick & puck daily 8:30-11 p.m.
  • No figure skating unless hockey is not present
  • Green Flag: Open; Red Flag: Closed
  • Max Occupancy 10; face masks must be worn on the ice and social distancing should be practiced

GRAYSLAKE PARK DISTRICT:  Call 847.223.RAIN(7246)

 

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  • Green flag will alert when skating is open – Red means closed

Jones Island Park
1415, 243 Harvey Ave.

Chesapeake Farms
Chesapeake Farms subdivision
– Open until sunset

Molly’s Pond
Haryan Farms subdivision
– Open until sunset

GURNEE PARK DISTRICT:  Ice Rink Hotline 847.599.3774

  • A green flag will alert the rink is open.
  • All rinks are unsupervised.

Betty Russell Park
5300 Pinewood Rd. (at the corner of Pinewood and Lawson Blvd.)

  • Skating rink
  • Hockey rink
  • Warming Shelter with restrooms
  • To encourage social distancing, only 4 skaters are permitted in the warming center at a time
  • Salt is not used at this facility to ensure ice thickness

Viking Park
4374 Old Grand Ave.

  • Ice rink is located near parking
  • Outdoor bathrooms are onsite
  • Rink is for skating only

Hunt Park Ice Rink
900 N. Hunt Club Rd.

  • Ice Rink is located near parking
  • With the current pandemic, Hunt Club Park Community Center is currently closed to the public
  • Rink is for skating only

LIBERTYVILLE:  Call 847.680.5267

 

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All rinks are unsupervised, and participants use them at their own risk

Adler Memorial Park
1500 N. Milwaukee Ave.
– Warming Shelter
– Concession Stand
– Restrooms

Butler Park
810 Lake Street

Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 N. Highway 45
-Ice Skating
-Hockey Rink

Nicholas-Dowden Park
748 Crane Blvd.
– Ice skating rink
– Hockey rink

LINCOLNSHIRE:  Call 847.913.2382

 

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Green flag will alert when open

North Park
1025 Riverwoods Rd.
Open until sunset

MUNDELEIN:  Call 847.566.0650


Keith Mione Community Park & Sports Complex
Midlothian & Dunbar Roads

  • Hockey and open skate visit website for schedule
  • Open until 10 p.m. weather permitting on the weekend
  • Maximum skate occupancy: 25 in during Phase 4 Tier 1
  • Hockey occupancy: 10
  • Social distance and face coverings are required for all skaters

VERNON HILLS:  Weather Hotline 847.996.6616

  • Green flag must be flying
  • Never skate on a lake or pond by yourself
  • Skate only when ice is six inches or thicker
  • Do not skate at nightCentury Park North
    1001 Lakeview Parkway
    – Lighted until 9 p.m.
    – Man-made rink on basketball court
    – No skating on Big Bear or Little Bear Lake

WAUKEGAN:  Call 847.360.4700

 

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Victory Park
1325 North Avenue
– Open daily (weather permitting) 9 a.m. – sunset.

Arbor Park
1151 S. Pleasant Hill Gate
– Open daily (weather permitting) 9 a.m.-sunset

Corinne J Rose Park
412 S. Lewis Ave.
– Open Daily (weather permitting) 9 a.m.-sunset

Other locations to Twirl, Twizzle and Triple Lutz in Lake County

 

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  • Artesian Ice Rink in Lake Bluff
  • Beach Park Ice Ring on the Bangs Lake in Wauconda
  • West Park in Lake Forest
  • Millennium Park in Lindenhurst
  • Harts Hill Park in Round Lake

To find other areas to twirl, twizzle and triple lutz or just play in the snow, continue here.

 

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