This is a list I've been posting and updating since 2010. If you have some suggestions to add, please place in the comments section and I'll make sure they are incorporated. Now bundle up!
Since I didn’t grow up around here, I decided to turn to Go West readers for some suggestions on great places to go sledding and ice skating. Please make sure to call the phone numbers provided to check conditions before your family heads out.
The Geneva Park District has an “Outdoor Ice Complex” in Wheeler Park off Route 31. There are actually two sheets of ice there – one for general skating and one for ice hockey. Both are free to the public to use, weather permitting. Plus there is a warming shelter available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and on school holidays. To make sure the rinks are open, call 630-232-4542.
The St. Charles Park District has outdoor ice rinks at Timber Trails, Davis Park and Langum Park, with the park at Langum reserved for ice hockey only. The rinks are open daily from until 9 p.m., weather and ice conditions permitting. You can call for updated recorded daily updates: 630-513-4320.
The city of Elgin offers an outdoor refrigerated ice rink called "City Skate." It's located on Civic Center Plaza, between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall. City Skate is free; ice skate rental is available for $4 with ID but is only available when the warming shelter is open. Click here for more info or call 847-931-6140 for updates on hours and ice conditions. This is a refrigerated skating system, and it is scheduled to stay open til Feb. 23, 2013.
Wheaton has a number of ice rinks, including lighted rinks at Seven Gables, Rathje Park, C.L. Herrick Park, Kelly Park and Northside Park. There are unlighted rinks at Briar Patch Park and Hull Park. Call 630-260-6430 ex. 2 for 24-hour information about skating conditions.
The Batavia Park District maintains a skating rink on Depot Pond in downtown, near the Riverwalk. To check skating conditions and whether skate rental is available, call 630-879-5235.