Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Ice skating among the stunning skyline backdrop of Chicago at the iconic ice rink located at the Bean in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street is a must-do when visiting the city! The ice rink is located right in the heart of Chicago. Ice Skating is FREE (for those with their own skates) and open to the public, with ice skate rentals available for minimal fees. Live out your very own Hallmark Christmas movie in Chicago!

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

My hubby, kids, dogs and I traveled back to Chicago from North Carolina to celebrate Christmas with both of our families. While we were there, we made the most of our 9 days and packed pretty much every minute of every day full!

One of our favorite activities was ice skating downtown in the heart of the city at the Bean in Millennium Park.

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

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Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located at the Bean in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street.

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, IllinoisIce Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Fortunately my parents still had my siblings and my skates from when we were younger so my kiddos were able to use those! *Tip: look at your local Play-It-Again Sports for used skates – that’s actually where I purchased the blue laced pair from for my youngest – and they actually have a double blade on the bottom, making it easier to keep your balance.

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

My husband and I had to rent ours for $14 each, however, you can use those all day long! So it’s worth it. You trade in your shoes to the rental counter and get them back when you return the skates.
Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

The backdrop is just gorgeous. It’s so magical being in the city during Christmas with all of the decorations, music and snow!

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, IllinoisIce Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, IllinoisIce Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Ice Skating at the Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

We had so much fun!! If you’re in the area, you definitely need to make it a priority to go skate at the Bean!!

Check out my other Things To Do In Chicago related posts!

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