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CHICAGO -- What better way to celebrate the subzero windchills than with the opening of a brand-new ice rink in Wicker Park. The opening of Wicker Ice was actually delayed because of the warm temperatures last week, but that wasn't a problem today for the opening of this beautiful rink.

The rink is maintained with the help of dozens of volunteers to make sure the ice is primed and ready for it's frigid debut. Wicker Ice is a massive undertaking with funding and overwhelming support from the community.  And though it was cold, what better way to spend a winter day in Chicago than practicing that slapshot, learning how to ice skate, or enjoying a nice skate around the rink.

While it was opening day, residents have high hopes -- and a special invitation for some pretty famous hockey players named Kane and Toews.   The rink is open most days until sunset as long as the temperatures stay below 32 degrees.

More information about the rink is available here.

If you are headed out Sunday, make sure you bundle up.

If you need to go to a warming shelter, there are locations open in the city. If you need a ride to a shelter, call 311.