VERNON HILLS, Ill. -- Ice skating without the ice? Yep, that's the idea behind a new rink at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.
A father of two boys who loved ice hockey, built the rink made of synthetic materials infused with special oils that give the surface the same glide and feel of a real ice rink.
It worked so well, he opened up the Skate Room last month so others can experience the non-ice rink. You wear regular ice hockey skates but you don't have to bundle up like you would on traditional ice.
Skate Room is open seven days a week.
For more information on rates and rentals, check out skateroom.net.