Roller Skating in Chicago, Illinois

by Nicole Brown

Roller skating is an effective way to exercise while having fun at the same time. Even better, roller skating is suitable for all ages, so you can easily make it a family activity. There are several venues in and around Chicago that offer indoor roller skating, so you can skate even during the cold and windy winters of Chicago.

The Rink

The Rink ( was established in 1975 and is a Chicago landmark for roller skating. The Rink offers skating lessons and group skate times that are age-specific. Saturday afternoons are geared toward preteens, Wednesday evening is family skate night and Tuesday night is for adults 21 and over. The Rink also has open skating sessions for skaters of all ages. Children's birthday packages at The Rink include skate time, cake, refreshments and their name in lights for a truly customized roller-skating experience.

Playdium Roller Rink

Playdium Roller Rink ( is an indoor roller rink located in the suburb of Glenview. Playdium offers beginner and advance skating lessons if you've never skated before or if you want to improve your groovy skating skills. Kids and adults can join a roller hockey league that plays at Playdium. Girls who think they are tough can participate in roller derby. If you're planning a birthday, corporate event or any other celebration, Playdium will help you organize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Family Entertainment Center

Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Family Entertainment Center ( has roller skating and bowling for the entire family. Have a private birthday or other type of party at the skating rink, which includes private skate time, a party host, invitations and reserved seating. Take a skate lesson on Saturday mornings, take the family on Thursday evenings for family night or visit on Monday evenings for gospel skating with R&B; music.

Skate Apparel

Before you get on the roller skating rink outfit yourself with skating gear at Londo Mondo ( Londo Mondo is a sports store specializing in roller skates, skate accessories and apparel for indoor and outdoor roller skating. The store also carries all of the protective gear you will need to keep your head, knees and elbows safe from the bumps and falls that are inevitable with roller skating. Check out the store's flagship location on Dearborn Street in Gold Coast or shop online for greater convenience.

About the Author

Nicole Brown has been a freelance writer since 2007. She works as an administrative professional in the legal field and does freelance writing part-time. She has an associate degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.

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