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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.

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