Chicago roller rinks | You asked for it
Three CTA-accessible roller-skate spots.
I’m interested in roller skating but don’t really want to have to take the Metra all the way out to the ’burbs for it. Know of any city rinks that are easy to get to?—Katrina, Logan Square
D’Lite House Oak Park’s Derby Lite fitness company begins satellite classes at three Chicago Park District locations on February 18. Strap on a pair of quads for a nine-week beginner roller-derby instruction program. After all, your penchant for muscling through crowded CTA trains could be put to better use. Go to derbylite.net to register.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Family Entertainment Center Skating purists might be irked by the slightly uneven wood floor at this Chicago Park District–owned rink. Roll and bounce to Top 40 dance music (Rihanna, Lil Jon) during the popular 18-and-over sessions. If you need a break from the crush, there’s an attached bowling alley, as well as arcade games and concessions. 1219 W 76th St (312-747-2602).
The Rink Probably the slickest dance party on skates, this enormous facility boasts two hardwood floors and was the set for the skates scenes in Soul Food. Sessions vary during the week, including 30-and-over Smooth Jams and the freestyle-friendly James Brown–themed JB’s on a Roll. 1122 E 87th St (773-221-3290).—TOC’s resident roller-skating expert Jamie DiVecchio Ramsay, a.k.a. Windy City Rollers All-Star Varla Vendetta
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