With temperatures warming for summer, there's now a new way to cool down in Chicago -- an outdoor ice skating rink at Navy Pier.
The temporary installation of Skate by the Lake in the new Polk Bros Park features an 82-foot long, 66-foot wide outdoor ice rink that opened at noon Friday.
“We are excited to offer Navy Pier guests the unique opportunity to skate in Chicago’s warm summer breezes,” President and Chief Executive Officer for Navy Pier, Inc. Marilynn Gardner said in a statement. “It is both thrilling and fitting to offer this memorable experience in Polk Bros Park, whose namesake family built a summer rink for Chicagoans to enjoy more than half a century ago.”
Polk Bros Park is named in honor of the Polk family, who gave $20 million for the design and completion of the 13-acre park at Navy Pier’s west entrance.
“The creativity that Navy Pier is demonstrating through the introduction of a summertime ice skating rink in Polk Bros Park underscores their vision of the Pier transformed into a vibrant, interactive and accessible cultural destination,” Chief Executive Officer for Polk Bros. Foundation Gillian Darlow said in a statement.
Admission is $10 for guests with their own skates and $15 for those who need to rent.
The ice skating rink is just one of the various attractions held at Navy Pier this summer in honor of its 100th anniversary.
“What better place for families to enjoy the beauty of the city’s skyline and Chicago’s glorious summers than at the gateway to the renewed Navy Pier,” Darlow said.