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The Ice Arena at the Park District of Franklin Park

From relaxing "Let's Skate" sessions to lessons for all ages and levels, to youth and adult hockey, speed skating and birthday parties, the Franklin Park Ice Arena has something for everyone. Whether you are a serious skater or just enjoy getting together with your friends in the evening, you will love the programs and facilities of the Ice Arena.

Take advantage of one of Franklin Park's biggest attractions!The Ice Arena is here year-round for your exercise, enjoyment, and community interaction. With two ice surfaces, the Main and Studio Arena, there is always something happening. Consider the Franklin Park Ice Arena your home for all ice sports. Our staff is eager to provide the highest quality service to make your visit to the Franklin Park Ice Arena memorable.

"Let's Skate"

The Franklin Park Ice Arena offers "Let's Skate" Sessions six days a week (four during summer). Lunch hour skates are a relaxing break from work. Our weekend sessions are conveniently scheduled in the afternoon and evening. Reasonably priced, fun, always a great time to enjoy with family and friends. Skate all season long with a season pays for itself in no time.

Skating School

Our Skating School program is conducted in accordance with the national standards established by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI). This program allows you to progress at your own rate, moving up in class levels as you build on fundamentals and advance to more difficult skating maneuvers. At the Franklin Park Ice Arena, our mission is to provide a thorough skating education in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. With 42 years of experience beneath our blades, we have introduced thousands of participants to the sport of ice-skating.

Learning to skate is fun for all ages and provides you with a lifetime of recreational enjoyment. New sessions begin four times throughout the year: September, December, March, and June. Visit for a current skating school schedule.

Skating & Hockey Camps

Our Summer Ice Skating Camps are the perfect way to keep up your skating skills year-round. Why not chill with all your friends at the ice arena this summer? Summer Camp information is posted on Contact the Ice Arena at 847-671-4268 for more information.

Speed Skating

The Franklin Park Speed Skating Club trains skaters to compete locally, regionally, and nationally in the exciting sport of Short Track Speed Skating. When you begin, you will train under the guidance of expert coaches who prepare you to compete locally in the "novice division." As you advance you will participate in international and pre-Olympic events. The club is open to skaters of all ability and experience levels below the age of 21. We can teach you the basics of speed skating while you wear your figure or hockey skates.

You can Try Speed Skating

For more information, contact Dejan Gakovich, 630-953-0453.

Come out in any kind of:

  • Skates
  • Helmet
  • Gloves and Knee pads

We practice September-March on:

  • Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:15 pm
  • Introductory rate: $5 per practice

Hockey Programs

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The Franklin Park Ice Arena offers a wide variety of hockey programs for all ages. The Panther Hockey Program participates in the North West Hockey League during both the Fall/Winter season and spring. Our instructional hockey program, Panther Paws, is designed to teach the basics. A progressive program designed for all youth groups, from three to fifteen years of age. Camps and Clinics are offered throughout the season. Expanded program information can be found on

Adult Open Hockey:

The Franklin Park Ice Arena is offering Adult Open Hockey on Wednesdays & Fridays 9:20-10:50 am through June 3, 2016. The fee is only $10 and full gear is required. Goalies skate for free. Check for updates/schedule changes and our summer hours.

Ice Rentals

Franklin Park Ice Arena birthday parties

Whether it's a birthday party or a hockey game, broomball on the Studio Arena or your entire school on the big ice; when you choose our arena, you can count on quality.Contact the Franklin Park Ice Arena at 847-671-4268 for information on ice slots currently available for rent. Bookings are on a first come basis over the phone with a Visa/Mastercard payment. Find out how your group can obtain an ice contract.

For your convenience, our office is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m Ice rentals that begin after 8:00 p.m. must be paid in full when making the reservation. All other rentals require a non-refundable/non-movable deposit of 50%. Deposits on ice rentals will only be refunded (minus $5 administrative fee) if the ice is sold.

Main Arena 200' x 85'
Prime Time: $330/hour
  Weekdays - 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  Weekends - 6:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m.
Non Prime Time:

Weekdays - 6:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. - $190 per hour

  Late Night - 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. - $240 per hour

Contact the Ice Arena for additional information at 847-671-4268, or visit

Studio Arena 60' x 80'

Our smaller ice surface is just right for groups of 50 or less. Skating parties for your friends, church socials, scouts, clubs, or corporate groups are always popular and well attended. The Studio Arena is the prefect size for the game Broomball, and makes a unique setting for your older child's (ages 9 through teen) next birthday party!

Studio Ice Time: $130/hour, all times, everyday
Party Room: $30/hour

Room Rental Policy: The room is only available with Studio Rentals. Maximum 2.5 hours in the room for the first hour of Studio ice rented. One additional hour in the room for each additional hour of Studio Ice rented. Please remember that your time in the room or on the ice equals your start time. If you need extra time for set, please plan accordingly.

For your convenience, our office is open everyday from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. Ice rentals that begin AFTER 8:00 p.m. must be paid in full when making the reservation. All other rentals require a non-refundable/non-movable deposit of 50%. Deposits on ice rentals will only be refunded (minus $2 administrative fee) if the ice is sold.

Ice Arena Minimize

Location: 9711 Waveland Ave

Phone: 847-671-4268



Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Weekdays
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Public Skate Schedule

Let’s Skate! Admission: $6

$4 with Resident Pass

Skate Rental: $3 per pair

Discount Skate Rental Card: $30 for 15 rentals


Now-May 26, 2016*

Sunday – 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Monday – 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday – 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday – 7:20- 8:50 p.m. (Ends May 4, 2016)

Thursday –11:00 am – 1:00 p.m.

Friday –  None

Saturday –2:00-3:30 p.m. and 8:20-9:50 p.m.

*Closed  May 29 & 30.

June 6 - August 5, 2016

Sunday – 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Monday – 11:40 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday –. None

Wednesday – None

Thursday – None

Friday –  12:20-2:20 p.m.

Saturday –2:00-3:30 p.m. 

Discount Season Passes

"Let's Skate" Season Passes


Valid now - August 5, 2016. 

In District: $40*
Out of District: $85

*Must have a current Resident Pass to receive the In-District rate

Purchase your passes at the Ice Arena counter or the Community Center.

Starr Blades Synchronized Skating Team

If you have mastered the skating basics and can demonstrate good precision and balance along with speed, the Starr Blades could be for you! This group of eight to 32 skaters executes various moves in unison, using forward and backward skating steps. Speed and accuracy are emphasized as the formations are performed.

Starr Blades practice Saturday mornings from September through May.

Want to join our synchronized skating team? Contact the Ice Arena at 847-671-4268.

Skate Sharpening Minimize

Available for immediate or next day pick up, the Franklin Park Ice Arena is always available to sharpen your figure skates.

Same day service: $7
Over night service: $6

Orch's Pro Shop, located in the lobby of the Franklin Park Ice Arena, performs hockey and figure skate sharpening.

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The Orch's Pro Shop is located in the lobby of the Franklin Park Ice Arena. This full service pro shop is stocked with a variety of hockey equipment and skating supplies. If you have questions regarding equipment or sizing, stop by and talk to the owner, Mr. Steve Orchard. For additional information or hours of operation, please call 847-678-TIME (8463).

Concessions, Vending Minimize

For your convenience our Concession Stand is open daily offering a wide variety of snacks, drinks and food items. Stop by and enjoy a hot dog, popcorn or a Coke. Our Concession stand is Monday, Wednesday- Friday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on weekends Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hours of operation vary in the summer months.

And our vending machines are always well stocked with snacks, candy, and Coca-Cola products.