Despite growing up in rural Indiana with a pond 200 yards from my front door, the first time I ice skated was when I was 15 and visiting family in Colorado. The second time was shortly after I moved to Chicago and visited the then-new Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink. The third time was Friday.
Every winter I think it’s a shame that I hadn’t gone the year before, and every year come April I realize I’ve missed it again, so when fellow street team-er & Mix DJ Cara Carriveau invited me to go skating with her I just had to accept.
Amazingly we escaped bruise-free, and here’s how you can enjoy one of Chicago’s fun winter activities with bum – and ego – intact.
- Get on the ice shortly before they’re going to resurface it. It’ll be all bumpy and craggy and you can’t do much more than shuffle along.
- Sit down and congratulate yourselves on circling the rink a couple of times without a) falling down and b) tripping one of those show-off skaters that’s at least 20 years younger.
- Watch the Olympia (not a Zamboni, I learned) bring the ice to a shiny, glass-smooth surface.
- Watch while those show-off skaters who are 20 years younger scuff up the ice enough that you don’t step on it and slide all the way to Michigan Avenue.
- Step back out into the rink and glide atop the smooth-but-not-slick surface until you can almost do a roller-rink style crossover at the turns.
- Quit while you’re ahead.
When Theresa isn’t keeping her bum and ego bruise-free, she’s writing about all the fun things to do in Chicago on The Local Tourist.