Johnny's Gets Ice Time

New rink proposed for West Side

Good news for rink rats: new ice is coming to the West Side.

Johnny's Ice House is pushing a proposal to build a second facility to meet both growing demand and to create a new practice space for the Blackhawks.

"Tom Moro, owner of Johnny's, wants to build a three-story 60,000-square-foot building containing a 29,000-square-foot ice rink, a locker room, media center and other training space in the 2500 block of W. Madison Street," the Chicago Journalreported this week."The rink itself will be on the second floor, with 60 parking spaces on the first. A third level will seat spectators."

Now comes the tricky part.


The vacant lots on Madison were appraised by the city at $1.3 million, but will be sold to Johnny's for $1, according to Susan Massel, of the Department of Community Development, the successor agency to the Department of Planning. The company will pay for $1.3 million in environmental remediation on the land."

The current Johnny's is the home ice for St. Ignatius and the Latin school. An array of recreational leagues also play there.

Visiting NHL teams also practice at Johnny's.
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