CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Soar above shoppers on the Magnificent Mile and take in the sights at Sky Rink at the Peninsula Chicago, all while donating to a good cause.
The Peninsula Sky Rink returns for its eighth season at the hotel’s outdoor terrace, offering guests views of the city and its twinkling lights. It debuted in November 2012 and is the only hotel skating rink in Chicago.
When guests walk out to the terrace, they are greeted by a pine tree winter wonderland. The rink is surrounded in décor and glows with snowflake lighting, and there is also a chalet offering guests a selection of hot beverages and snacks including hot chocolate, hot cider, and other treats. You may even be lucky and see Santa, Elf on the Shelf, and Peter the Bear.
“So it is not actual ice. The surface is kind of like a cutting board, if you have ever had a plastic cutting board, so it is really forgiving,” Schroeder said. “If you are a first-time skater, it is a great place to practice and learn how to skate. The surface is a little softer than ice, and of course, a little bit warmer, too.”
The turnout at The Peninsula Sky Rink, the only Chicago hotel skating rink, continues to grow each year.
“It is not only festive, but it is also very romantic up here,” Schroeder said. “I just think it is something unique and different, and Christmastime is one of the most popular times to get engaged, so we have a lot of nervous gentlemen calling and wanting to propose. It is really cute.”
Individual reservations for the Sky Rink are not mandatory, guests can just walk in. Skate rentals are available for $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The Sky Rink is open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at noon. Hours are subject to change and are weather permitting. The Peninsula recommends that guests call ahead, as there may be a scheduled event.
In addition to the Sky Rink, the Peninsula also offers holiday afternoon teas, a special menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in The Lobby restaurant, an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, a New Year’s Eve celebration, and a New Year’s Day brunch.