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Private rooftop skating rink coming to River North next month

The 1,500-square-foot synthetic ice rink will be available to rent for private parties

Savage Smyth
A summertime view from the venue’s fifth floor deck.
Savage Smyth

While frigid winter weather still seems some ways off, Chicagoans can look forward a new—and novel—option for outdoor ice skating in a few weeks time. Starting November 8th, River North event space Savage Smyth will open a 1,500-square-foot synthetic ice rink on its fifth floor outdoor terrace, reports TimeOut Chicago.

Flanked by evergreen trees with twinkling holiday lights and featuring downtown skyline views, the elevated rink would hold up to 50 skaters at a time and make an interesting winter-themed party spot for any large group. “The addition of an ice rink to a private event venue is a unique experience not offered elsewhere in Chicago,” explained Savage Smyth’s Gabrielle Martinez on the group’s website.

Access to the rink, however, requires a full buy-out of the venue which not only includes the 8,000-square-foot rooftop but also 8,000 square feet of indoor space. Combined, it can accommodate as many as 300 guests—a whopping 250 more than the rink allows at any given time.

The space must be reserved in advance by contacting Savage Smyth sales manager Hollie Lewandowski. The downtown venue’s so-called “sky high skating” amenity is scheduled to be offered through March 1st of 2018.