Northbrook Sports Center & Skating
Northbrook Sports Center—Excellence in Ice Skating
For more than 40 years, the Northbrook Park District Skating School has offered recreational fun and competitive opportunities for the entire family. A staff dedication to high standards has produced many national-level skaters, and diversified programming offers ISI and USFS avenues to all patrons.
With an elite level of customer service, the Northbrook Sports Center is home for all your skating needs―offering hockey and skating classes for all ages, public skating, freestyle, cosmic evening skating, holiday skate and dance camps, synchronized skating teams, competitive figure skating teams, a speed skating club and special events.
The Northbrook Sports Center is one of the busiest sports venues on the North Shore. The facility houses two year-round NHL-sized ice rinks, dance rooms, a pro shop, concession stand, Registration Office and rental facilities for parties and meetings, along with an outdoor swimming pool.
Twice each year, the Center offers a free class to introduce and evaluate new skaters to our program. The Center also hosts a skate and equipment exchange, a holiday recital and the highly regarded Northbrook-On-Ice.
The Pfingsten Road property was purchased in 1965 for $201,708. In 1968, the Park District built and opened a sports complex with an outdoor swimming pool, one indoor skating rink, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a playground, covering 23.5 acres. A second rink was added in 1973. The pool, tennis courts and playground have been upgraded over the years, and a major renovation and expansion took place in 1999-2000 to upgrade ice rink and pool operations.
Northbrook became known as “The Speed-Skating Capital of the World” after athletes who trained at the Sports Center became Olympic champions. Anne Henning and Diane Holum won Gold Medals in the 1972 Winter Olympics, and Leah Poulos won three silver medals in later Olympics. All were trained by former Park Board Commissioner Edward Rudolph, whose son also skated in two Olympics.
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Frequently Asked Questions ― Skating School
Q: If I am new to the area or coming from another ice rink, will I be placed in the same level?
A: Skaters new to our program need to be evaluated for placement by our Skating Supervisors. Exceptions are those registering for entry-level classes (Tot 1, Basic 1 and Pre-Alpha 1).
Q: Do I need to purchase skates?
A: It is not necessary to purchase skates for beginning classes. We rent quality skates at $3 per rental. You also can buy a 10-pass skate rental card for $25. If your child shows a sincere interest in skating and you want to purchase skates, the Sports Center staff will be happy to advise you.
Q: Do you have a used skate and equipment sale?
A: Yes. The Northbrook Competitive Figure Skating Team holds an annual skate and equipment exchange, where you can purchase used items. The event is held in August or September.
Q: What do students wear to class?
A: We recommend long pants and a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt. Hats are optional, but gloves or mittens are a must. Helmets are required only for hockey classes.
Q: Can my son wear hockey skates in introductory classes?
A: Yes, but we recommend that all beginners learn to skate in figure skates.
Q: If I miss a class, can I get a refund?
A: We do not offer refunds, but your skater can schedule a makeup in a same level class offered at a different time.
Q: What is the ratio of students to teachers in the classes?
A: Tot classes are 1 instructor per 8 students. Basic classes are 1:10. All other classes are 1:15. Some classes may be larger, depending on the availability of ice.
Q: How does my child move from one level to another?
A: Students are promoted to higher levels by their class instructors. There are two dates reserved each session for testing by the Skating School Supervisors. Students in classes are evaluated by staff instructors and given a recommendation sheet if they are eligible to test.
Q: How old do you have to be to register for an adult class?
A: You must be at least 16 years old.
Q: Do you have an ice show or recital?
A: We have a winter recital and also present an ice production each year during the weekend of Mother’s Day.
Frequently Asked Questions ― General Information
Q: Do you have public sessions?
A: Yes, for a complete schedule, click here.
Q: Where can I find daily activities, game schedules and locker room assignments?
Q: Do you have a pro shop?
A: Yes, Ron’s Skate Shop is located in the Northbrook Sports Center, directly across from the front office. The shop has a wide selection that will meet your freestyle and hockey needs. Click here to view their website.
Q: Do you have a concession stand?
A: Yes. The Glenkirk Cafe is a food service concept that hires and trains people with developmental disabilities. The cafe is open from September-May from 3-9pm Wednesday-Friday and 8am-8pm on weekends. The hours will be extended for special events and select hockey games.
If you have any further questions, please call the Sports Center office at 847·291·2993