Lake County Outdoor Ice Rinks {2016}

Take the fun outside and twirl and skate at these local parks. Many of the locations are free if you bring your own skates. Temperatures need to be freezing or below for at least 5 days to maintain the ice. Look for Red (closed) or Green (open) flags or check with the rink owners hotline before you head out.

lake county outdoor ice rinks

Lake County Outdoor Ice Rinks

Antioch Ice Rink {Village of Antioch Parks Department}
When in service, rink hours are from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily. Hockey hours are 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 8:00-10:00 p.m. daily. For updates on the rink’s status, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 847-395-2160.


Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road {Buffalo Grove Park District}
The park has a large ice skating area located on the south side of the park off of Old Checker Road. Rink is lighted until 10:30 p.m. NO HOCKEY allowed on the ice rink.


Briarwood Park, Greenbriar Drive & Eastwood
Jaycee Park, 1026 Wilmot Road
Jewett Park Hockey Rink, 836 Jewett Park Drive
Jewett Park Free Skate, 836 Jewett Park Drive
Patti Stryker (Pine St), Pine & Hackberry, {Deerfield Park District}
Deerfield Park District maintains neighborhood rinks with timed lighting for your skating enjoyment. Neighborhood rinks are located at Briarwood and Pine Street parks. Lights at the neighborhood rinks operate between 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. every night.
Lighted family ice rinks are located at Jewett Park and Jaycee Park. A hockey rink is at Jewett Park and unlighted rinks are at Pine Street and Briarwood Parks.

Regular Warming House Hours – Jewett and Jaycee Parks
Monday-Thursday: 4 – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
For ice rink status visit Deerfield Park District Ice Rink Status Page. 


Jones Island, 243 Harvey Avenue
Haryan Farms – Molly’s Pond, 890  Alleghany Road
College Trail – Cambridge Lake, 291 Buckingham Drive
Chesapeake Farms, 965 Chesapeake Boulevard
English Meadows {Grayslake Park District}
All ice rinks are unsupervised and have no warming houses. Skating is only allowed in designated plowed areas. A flag will be flown at all ice rinks to indicate if the ice is safe. RED FLAG means UNSAFE CONDITIONS and GREEN FLAG means SAFE CONDITIONS. Hockey is only allowed at designated areas where signs are posted. For updated ice conditions at the various parks, please call the office at 847-223-7529.


Betty Russell Community Park, 5300 Pinewood Road
Hunt Club Park, 920 N. Hunt Club Road
Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Avenue {Gurnee Park District}
Red Flag = Closed/Green Flag=Open. For a daily update of the ice rink conditions visit Gurnee Park District online or call the Ice Rink Line 847-599-3774.


Sunset Woods Park, 1804 Sunset Road {Park District of Highland Park}
A large sheet of ice for open skating and one hockey rink are provided for your enjoyment. All skating is FREE, but no skate rental is available. Vending machines are available. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily weather permitting.


Artesian Park, 10 E. Sheridan Place {Lake Bluff Park District}
The skating rink at Artesian Park will be open weather permitting. The rink is lighted for evening use and equipped with a warming house facility complete with washrooms. Hockey players must confine all play to the hockey side of the rink. A sign will be placed outside the ice rink indicating the status of the rink. If the sign indicates that the rink is closed, please stay off the ice. Visit Ice Conditions page for current ice conditions.


Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda
Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville
Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville
{Lake County Forest Preserves}
Lace up your skates and head to the lake at Independence Grove or the man-made rinks at Lakewood and Old School. Ice hockey is not allowed. The two man-made rinks are shallow and typically freeze earlier in the season than the lake at Independence Grove where a 4.5-inch layer is required for ice skating.

At Independence Grove, the designated skating area is open 6:30 a.m.–sunset, daily.  The Lakewood rink is part of a dedicated Winter Sports Area at that site, and is lighted, allowing for extended winter fun 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m., daily.

The Old School rink is open 6:30 a.m.–sunset, daily.


West Park, 850 Summit Avenue {Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department}
Ice skating available at West Park with hockey allowed in designated rink. There is a warming house with ice rink guards. West Park also has lights for night skating and will have guards on duty during select hours (weather permitting.) Call 847-234-6702 – Press #8. Open Mon-Thurs 3:30-9 p.m., Friday 3:30-10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 12-9 p.m.

lake county outdoor ice rinks

Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road {Lake Zurich Park & Recreation}
Ice skating rinks will be located on Lake Zurich at Paulus Park. . Green flags at this location indicate that the ice is available for skating and red flags indicate that the ice is unavailable. Call 847-438-5146, ex. 9 for updated skating conditions. If there is not a current update, the message you hear is the current condition. Paulus Park is lighted and will be open until 9 p.m.


Adler Park, 1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Bolander Park, 625 W. Winchester Road
Nicholas-Dowden Park, 748 Crane Boulevard {Libertyville Recreation & Sports Complex Department}
Visit Libertyville online for more information. Call 847-247-5433, press option #3 for hours and availability


Millennium Park, 201 Country Place Lane
John Janega Memorial Park, 205 Hickory Drive {Lindenhurst Park District}
The ice must be at a specified thickness throughout the skating area to be safe. Park District staff will check skating areas on a daily basis. A flag will be flown at each skating area to show the current skating conditions. Red Flag = Unsafe Conditions/Green Flag = Safe Conditions. Weather permitting, hours are sunrise to sunset. 


Keith Mione Community Park, 1461 N. Midlothian Road
Lions Field, E. Noel Drive and Countryside Avenue {Mundelein Parks & Recreation}
FREE – weather permitting. Ice skating and sledding is at your own risk. Signs are posted at the Chalet (Dunbar Rd.) and Mundelein Community Center parking lot indicating if the sled hill is closed. Winter hotline information 847-388-5464.


Whipple O. Parrot Park, 215 Forest Glen Drive
Hart’s Hill, 814 Hart Road {Round Lake Area Park District}
The Round Lake Area Park District maintains two (2) outdoor rinks for FREE public skating and hockey play. Safety conditions are reviewed on a daily basis and indicated by a flag system (Green=Open/Red=Closed.) When open, hours are from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Call 847-546-8558 for current conditions.


Century Park North, 1401 Indianwood Drive {Vernon Hills Park District}
Use of the sled hill and/or ice rink are at your own risk.  Check daily availability online.  Alternatively, you may call the Weather Hotline at 847-996-6616 for updates to the ice rink. Weather permitting, hours are Monday – Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m..
*Lights around the rink and hill automatically turn off at 9:00 p.m.
Warming Shelters: Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
*Only available if either the ice rink and/or sled hill are open.
A limited supply of loaner ice skates are available. They will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot drinks and candy are also available for purchase.


Fieldbrook Park, Liberty Lakes Blvd.
Beach Park, 122 Park Street
{Wauconda Park District}
At Fieldbrook Park, there must be at least three (3) days with temperatures of 20 degrees or below and an extended forecast with temps of 20 degrees or below in order to begin flooding the rink. At Beach Park, no skating allowed until the ice reaches a thickness of 8″. Hockey is available at this location. Green Flag means safe to skate, Red Flag means NOT safe. Park District staff will check the ice thickness in the rink area only. Call 847-526-4606 for details and hours of operation.


Arbor Park, 1151 S. Pleasant Hill Gate
Belvidere Park, 412 S. Lewis Avenue
Victory Park, 1325 North Avenue
{Waukegan Park District}
Waukegan now has three (3) location for outdoor ice skating. Rink availability subject to weather conditions. For more information call 847-360-4700.  Public Skating Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Weekends 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


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