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When temperatures drop in winter, bundle up for ice skating at The Peninsula Chicago, as you’ll be gliding across an outdoor rink located on the fourth-floor Terrace, adjacent to the Shanghai Terrace restaurant. Set against the backdrop of a winter cottage and pine trees decked out in sparkling lights, the 2,100-square-foot rink overlooks the Magnificent Mile and offers views of the gorgeous city skyline. And the illuminated snowflakes against the Terrace’s wall set the perfect stage for an evening of winter fun at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.
Last winter, tickets for the rink cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids younger than 12, and all proceeds went to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Hephzibah Children’s Association. If you plan to visit in late 2013, don’t expect to be crowded on the ice — the rink is only open to guests of the hotel, spa and restaurant. For a break, grab a warm drink: cocoa, spiced German wine and cider are available, as well as warm pretzels and nuts for a snack.
The rink closed for the season on March 3. Last year, its operating hours were Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Be sure to check with the luxury Chicago hotel's concierge about 2013 hours when you arrive for your winter getaway.