Frozemont Is Back, Bigger Than Ever
By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter
Not only will the massive Christmas tree lighting take place in Rosemont Friday, November 27 at MB Financial Park, but it marks the return of “Frozemont” for the winter season featuring ice skating, ice hockey, celebrity appearances, tube sledding and more.
Village officials announced several events will take place that Friday, November 27 at the park, 5501 Park Place, when the area again turns into an ice skating rink. Skating runs that day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The tree lighting celebration kicks off with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5:30 p.m. in The Park. The celebration includes free horse drawn sleigh rides, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Clause, ice sculptures and a performance by the Chicago Skates Figure Skating club.
Ice skating is free and skates can be rented for $8 a pair at The Park. After Friday’s events, ice skating at The Park runs from November 27 through February 28 with hockey competition for all ages beginning in January 2016.
Additionally, a special charity event "Skate With the Greats" supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at the MB Financial Park skating rink. Fans will be able to buy tickets to skate with Chicago Blackhawks legends and possibly a current Blackhawk.
Officials said, to date, players and former players expected to attend the event include Denis Savard, Cliff Koroll, Eric Daze, Troy Murray, Murray Bannerman, Dave Mackey, Brian Noonan, Phil Russel, Reggie Kerr, Grant Mulvey, Peter March, Reid Simpson and Steve Konroyd.
For the charity skate, tickets run from $150 for adults and $100 for children 12 years old or younger. A family package of four for $450 is offered. Tickets provide attendees a 30-minute skate and a 30-minute autograph session. Each skating session is limited to 125 registrants. The total limit for the event is 500 fans.
A silent auction where attendees can bid on hockey-related items will also be held.
RMHC-CNI helps families of hospitalized children with medical needs by arranging for them to stay in a home away from home near the hospital.