Skiing, Sledding & More! Embrace the Cold Weather in Itasca

Cold Weather in Itasca from Two Itasca Place Apartments

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you need to hibernate! Enjoy everything that chilly, snowy weather has to offer, and embrace the cold weather in Itasca. Here are some fun ways to get out and beat those winter blues near Two Itasca Place Apartments:

Ice Skating

There’s a new outdoor ice skating rink in town! The Brookfield Zoo is one of only three zoos in the country to install a Glice rink, a rink made with synthetic material that doesn’t require water or electricity. It’s $7 to skate and you can either bring your own skates or rent some for $5. The rink will be open daily from noon until 4:30 PM through January 27th. They have extended hours on weekends in December, and December 26th-31st.

Downtown Chicago is beautiful at this time of year with all of the holiday lights and decorations. If you have your own skates, it’s definitely worth the trek to Millennium Park’s rink. Skating is free, and you can rent skates for $15 Friday through Sunday; it’s $2 cheaper Monday through Thursday. As long as the weather cooperates, the rink will be open until March 10th.


In a little over an hour, you can drive to Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort which is just over the border in Wisconsin. With 23 trails, seven lifts, and terrain parks, there’s something for everyone. Tubing is also available, but it is dependent on weather conditions. They have installed new snowmaking machinery to enhance your experience, and the newly renovated lounge and restaurant is the perfect relaxing spot after a long day on the slopes.

Sledding, Ice Fishing, and More

Act like a kid again, and sled at several parks in the area. The Forest Preserves website has everything you need to know about rules, locations, and hours. Certain parks also offer ice fishing and ice skating, but only once the lakes have been cleared for walking. You can go cross-country skiing in all major trail areas; just make sure you avoid our local golf courses.

Winter in Itasca really is a beautiful experience. If you’re looking for a new place to call home in the area, contact us to schedule a tour and find out more.

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