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Welcome to Top Shelf Ice Arena!

We offer ice skating and hockey for people of all ages and abilities.
From your first steps on the ice all the way through
playing the game at your highest possible level,
Top Shelf has what you need to get skating! 

6152 W. Grand Avenue, Gurnee IL
(northwest corner of Gurnee Mills, near Entry H)

Weekend Games



FRIDAY, 12/2

7:30 pm - Vipers U12 CSDHL vs Express

9:10 pm - Warren vs BG/H/W


9 am - Vipers U10 CSDHL vs Express

10:10 am - Vipers U12 NIHL1 vs Northbrook

11:20 am - Vipers U12 NIHL2 vs Ice Dogs

12:40 pm - Public Skate

3:20 pm - Vipers U12 CSDHL vs Express

4:50 pm - Vipers U16 CSDHL-P vs Sabres

6:40 pm - Vipers U14 NIHL2 vs Cyclones

8 pm - Vipers U14 NIHL3 vs Ice Dogs

SUNDAY, 12/4

11:10 am - Vipers U12 NIHL1 vs Bloomington

12:20 pm - Vipers Bantam NIHL3 vs Winter Club

1:40 pm - Public Skate

3:10 pm - Vipers U16 CSDHL-P vs Chargers

5 pm - Vipers U14 NIHL2 vs Chargers

6:20 pm - Vipers U12 NIHL3 vs Leafs

7:30 pm - Vipers U14 NIHL3 vs Cyclones

Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey

Skating and Hockey classes are underway at Top Shelf Ice Arena!
Click below for information about the Hockey Learn to Skate, Jump Start,
and Hockey School classes offered at both Top Shelf Ice Arena and the RecPlex. Each class focuses on the age specific skills needed to be a proficient skater/hockey player. Hockey School transfers those skills into hockey specific training to help young players get onto a hockey team. The coaches at each level help to graduate skaters into more advanced classes, and ultimately onto a Vipers House or Travel team. 

Drop In on a Hockey Learn to Skate Class at Top Shelf Ice Arena for $15

Public Skate

Top Shelf Ice Arena has Public Skate every day of the week! Bring your family & friends to Public Skate! Click below for our weekly Public Skate Schedule, and be sure to visit Top Shelf Bar & Grill while you're here!



Top Shelf Ice Arena is looking for a few good men & women to join our team!

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Facilities Manager who is also a jack of all trades (carpentry, electric, plumbing, mechanicals).

Licenses and certifications in these trades (present/past) are a plus.

Ability to oversee contractors, to create and work within a budget, the ability to coordinate abs communicate with management and also with oversight permitting bodies.

5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Emergency availability as necessary.

Bartender, Top Shelf Bar & Grill - Join our fun team in our family-friendly, full-service bar with hockey-loving customer base - willing to train.

If you're interested in joining our team, contact Rob via text or phone at (630) 981-4848 or email at

Learn To Skate at Top Shelf Ice Arena

Classes are for students 4 - 12 years of age.  Students will learn the basics of ice skating.  Helmet and gloves are required.

Fridays:  4:30 pm - 5 pm

Date:  November 4 - December 23 (No class November 25)

Cost:  $70 per skater, per class session

Drop In:  $12 per skater

Skate Rental available for $5 each or purchase a 10-pack for only $10

Registration is always open.  Contact Laura Baran if interested in registering after Week 3 -

Fall 2 Learn to Skate Classes

Classes will begin November 4th!

Women's Hockey Class

Taught by Jaymes Schneider, this class is for skaters from beginner to advanced.  

Classes will cover basic skating skills, stick handling and shooting.  A short scrimmage will end each class.

Watch for our special Winter Break class on Monday, 12/26 from 7-8:30 pm!


Take advantage of the time off of school to work on your game!  The Advanced Power Skating Clinic will focus on:

  • Stride
  • Edgework
  • Power
  • Footwork
  • Speed & Agility

Locations:  Top Shelf Ice Arena (Mite, Squirt & PeeWee) & RecPlex (Bantam & Midget)



Cost:  $65 (for all 3 days)

Drop In Rate:  $30 per class

Tuesday, 12/27 & Wednesday, 12/28 from 8:50-9:40 AM

Thursday, December 29th from 10:30-11:20 AM

Location:  Top Shelf Ice Arena

Instructor:  Jaymes Schneider



Cost:  $65 (for all 3 days)

Drop In Rate:  $30 per class

Tuesday, 12/27 & Wednesday, 12/28 from 9:50-10:40 AM

Thursday, 12/29 from 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

Location:  Top Shelf Ice Arena

Instructor:  Jaymes Schneider



PeeWee & Bantam/Midget


Cost:  $65 (all 3 days)

Drop In Rate:  $30 per class

Tuesday, 12/27 & Wednesday, 12/28 from 10:50-11:40 AM

Thursday, 12/29 from 12:30-1:20 PM

Location:  Top Shelf Ice Arena

Instructor:  Jaymes Schneider



Cost:  $70 (all 3 days)

No Drop In Option

Monday, 12/26 from 9:50-10:40 AM

Tuesday, 12/27 from 10:40-11:30 AM

Wednesday, 12/28 from 9-10 AM

Location:  RecPlex

Instructor:  Matt Baker


What Are They Talking About?!

If your favorite hockey player is using a lot of hockey lingo and you have no idea what they’re talking about, we’ve got your back. Click below to get the inside scoop on hockey lingo commonly used today. Here’s a hint: “Bar Mexico” is not in Cabo and there are no margaritas involved and a player’s “salad” has nothing to do with what they ate before the game...but both of them are good things!

Under New Ownership

The Arena is now locally owned by two guys born and raised in Lake County, IL, who grew up playing ice hockey. These "hockey guys" are on a mission to share their love of the sport with anyone who wants to play. 

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Contact Laura Baran

General Manager, Top Shelf Ice Arena

Phone: 847-856-1064

Tim Kinsman

Owner & Operator

Kurt Carlson

Owner & Operator