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Hey fellow skaters! The wait is finally over, thank you so much for your PATIENCE :) We're extremely happy to announce that we're once more hosting Skate Chicago this summer! The event will be held August 16-18, 2019 in Chicago. This is a free social skating event on the streets of Chicago, and is open to all skaters. Quad skaters, skateboarders and longboarders are more than welcome! Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested! Social media, other facebook skate groups, etc. you name it!

Helmets are required by all, and wrist guards and knee/elbow pads are also strongly recommended. Everyone will be required to sign a waiver form.

We're happy to announce that Congress Plaza Hotel is once more our event hotel. It's situated in the heart of downtown, and is near the skate start (and other Chicago attractions). They've given us competitive rates once again -

$155 for single/double
$175 for triple
$195 for quad
+Tax /night

You can book through either the link below


or call their reservations department at call at[masked] x 5025 or toll free at[masked]


ALL skates will depart from Daley Plaza

Friday night - 7:00 PM, 11 miles - Tallest buildings in Chicago! We'll be skating through the current and previous tallest buildings of Chicago's fabled history - Willis Tower, Aon Center, Chicago Board of Trade, Wrigley building, Water Tower! Skate will end at Monk's pub for food and drinks! Registration/waiver forms will be provided onsite. Led by Tom Grosspietsch

Saturday morning - 9:00 AM, 20 miles - Crosstown Classic! We'll be visiting the two Chicago baseball stadiums, passing by Lincoln Park, Greektown, and Chinatown on the way. There will be a food & water stop around mile 10 (donuts and gelato anyone ?!) and further water stops around miles 5 and 15 , but please bring extra replenishment in case of hot weather! Led by Tom Grosspietsch

Saturday afternoon - 4:30 PM, 13 miles - Southside sortie! We'll be visiting the newly built 41st bridge where great views of the city abound, along with taking the trail back into the loop, passing McCormick, and Soldier field on the way back. We'll end up at Navy Pier for some food and drinks! There are plenty of restaurants in a cafeteria style setting, and there is a beer garden towards the end of the pier - BUT please come prepared with shoes if you intend to join! (skates are a no-no on the boardwalk). We'll be able to see fireworks at 9:30 PM from the end of the pier! :) Led by Miao Xu

Sunday morning - 9:00 AM, 12 miles - Sunday Funday! If you want to feel what it's like to be Batman in Gotham City, now's your chance, since we're taking lower wacker for a scenic tour that will include busy Michigan avenue, restaurant row, oak street beach, route 66, Adler planetarium (always a favorite, might even crash a wedding or two!)