Shining wood floors dance beneath the swirling colors of ceiling-mounted lights, bathing skaters in multihued phosphorescence. During open-skate sessions, DJs pipe in music to accompany spectator-wowing tricks. Between skates, guests can recharge by chowing down on hot dogs and nachos from the snack counters. The rink welcomes groups of all sizes, from individual skaters to birthday parties.
For 40 years, Southwest Ice Arena has been beckoning skaters of all ages to its sprawling confines for skating lessons, hockey classes, and public skating sessions held upon two rinks. Inside, visitors can work on new skills or host birthday parties celebrating their favorite Zamboni before bellying up to the full snack bar.
At Krush Skatepark, skateboarders of all ages fly over steeply sloped ramps and glide over rails in a large, hangar-style building designed by lifelong skateboarders. Visitors on inline skates, bikes, and scooters can also challenge the course, and guests can take group and individual lessons from experienced skaters on weekends. Kick-flipping visitors report to the onsite pro shop that teems with street apparel and safety gear, such as kneepads and altitude meters for early-model hoverboards.
At Rich City Skate, enthusiastic staffers emphasize the athletic benefits and sheer fun of skating. Kaleidoscopic washes of red, yellow, and blue sheathe the voluminous facility, which houses a sprawling hardwood arena. Skaters soar in circles while mustering the courage to hold their sweetheart’s hand or knock the fez off a nemesis' head. Clacking billiard balls pair with the bleeps and bloops of arcade games in the food court, which serves all-beef hot dogs and fizzy sodas. Skating lessons are also available, instructing beginners on the proper posture, basic technique, and how the rise of roller skates came to render horses obsolete.
Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena welcomes figure skaters, hockey players, and recreational skaters of all ages to lace up and speed around its international-size 100'x200' rink. At the year-round facility, professional figure-skating coaches guide skaters as young as age 3, from lacing up their first pair of skates through entering competitions, and hockey camps and leagues breed solid sportsmanship in players of all ages. After a spin on the ice, guests can get a snack at the concession stand or try to make Pac-Man do a triple axel in the video-game room.