Add a twirl to your sightseeing itinerary this winter. Take one of these Chicago ice skating rinks for a spin and you’ll also be stopping at one of the city’s top attractions
Skating In The Sky At John Hancock Observatory. Skate at 1,000 feet while overlooking the most amazing winter white views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Enjoy a SKYY® High Cocktail when you finish, or bring the kids up to enjoy a morning of figure-eights or first steps on ice, followed by hot chocolates all round in our Lavazza Espression Café. Come and check out the world’s highest synthetic ice skating rink at more than 1,000 feet – the rink is 900 square feet and constructed of a state-of-the-art synthetic substance called XTRAICE. So bring the kids up and slide into 2013 with an unforgettable family outing.
Open until April 8. Visit here for more information.
Ice Skating is a winter tradition and Boston’s Frog Pond is the place to do it. Close to the Downtown Crossing shopping area with beautiful views of winter scenes from the surrounding Boston Commons, the John Hancock building and the Prudential building. Frog Pond even has its own ice-making system. There’s free-style skating on Tues, Wed and Thurs mornings and lessons for all types.
Usually people think about the Sears Tower when talking about the Chicago skyline (and that’s now passe since it has changed its name to the Willis Tower), but the John Hancock Tower & Observatory is probably the second most recognizable within the incredibly tall array of Windy City skyscrapers.
Like a black dagger, the John Hancock is recognizable as the tallest building from the east end of Michigan Avenue, signifying the beginning of the Gold Coast neighborhood. If waiting in a long line to get to the Skydeck doesn’t seem worth it to you, the Hancock is definitely the way to go. Plus, all the fun lies in having a cocktail or dinner at The Signature Room at the 95th. You may recognize the restaurant as its been the star in plenty of movies. Rene Zelweger once awaited her proposal here in The Bachelor with Chris O’Donnell. This building is also the last place to host Chris Farley, who died within in his apartment on a lower level.
Celebs aside, take in the view, it’s worth the wait. The line, the elevator and the service atop move quickly in order to get the most people in to see the sights. At the first level, shop away like any other ol’ block on Michigan Ave.
The Whitehall Hotel is located on Delaware Place, a one-way, eastbound street, one-half block west of Michigan Avenue and one-half block east of Rush Street. Right in the heart of the Gold Coast, and just steps away from the Magnificent Mile, John Hancock Center, Water Tower Place, Chicago’s lakefront, and Oak Street Beach, The Whitehall Hotel also has easy access to the Loop, the Merchandise Mart, Apparel Center, and McCormick Place. Guest are only steps away from great restaurants including its very own Italian restaurant, Fornetto Mei.