Navy Pier has the coolest way to beat Chicago’s summer heat: the newly-opened Skate by the Lake! Designed by ice engineer Zoran Bendicak, Skate by the Lake offers a 5,000-square-foot ice rink housed in an open-air tent at the Pier’s main entry point. Sound impossible? It’s not!
Ten thousand gallons of water, two chillers, and 228 aluminum pipes full of glycol work together to produce a 4 inch tall sheet of ice ready for skating. This spectacular design protects it from all types of weather. Yes, even against ice’s worst enemy: heat.
Come check it out for yourself at Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park. The attraction runs daily from noon until 10 p.m. all summer long. Just be sure to stop by before it closes for the season on October 31, 2016.
Guests without skates pay $15 while guests with skates pay $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance here or once you get to Navy Pier.
Interested in Navy Pier’s many other 100th anniversary attractions? Be sure to check out the list of upcoming events and join in on the summer celebration.