CHINATOWN ICE RINK

Exterior /designed by  Jonathan Salgado - Architect

OUR GOALS

We want to revamp the Chinatown square into a space that brings the community together. By improving environmental lighting and security, the square will attract more tourists and increase restaurant traffic. Additional seating will be provided  for residents and tourists. The square will be open for host-centralized events and celebrations for various holidays. We will increase the environmental efficiency of Chinatown with a zero emissions green project. Finally, we are looking to enhance the presence and reputation of Chinatown in Chicago.

CURRENT SITE ANALYSIS

The lack of sufficient lighting creates many dark zones in the square, and the majority of existing lighting fixtures are either broken or out-of-date. The trees are not properly maintained and need lighting. The lack of an organized central event infrastructure decreases community support and unification. There is very limited public seating and no renewable energy consumption/generation.

OVERVIEW

GLICE SYNTHETIC ICE RINK & PAVILION

BUSINESS HOURS

Monday - Friday 12PM - 10PM
Sunday - Saturday 12PM - 10PM

Admission: $6  Rental: $8

Glice synthetic ice is top-of-the-line Swiss made synthetic ice. The ice is made of high-density plastic polymer. It is the most sustainable option for ice rinks because it does not require electricity to keep the ice cold and can be operated under any weather conditions. It is also more cost-efficient compared to a real ice rink.

Synthetic Ice Rink

Traditional Ice Rink

  • Cutting edge technology on high density plastic polymers used to enhance ice-skating in any type of environment rain or shine

  • Zero energy consumption

  • Plastic molecular structure allows for year round use

  • Cheaper to buy and own than renting a traditional ice rink

  • Takes 12,000 – 15,000 gallons of water to form a traditional hockey rink surface

  • Require a careful combination of surface and air temperature to perform well

  • Refrigeration costs for an average sized water-based rink range from $5000 – $7000 per month

  • Uses natural resources

  • Environmentally unsustainable

WIND SPIRES & SEATING