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Join Us Saturday July 17 for Our Grand Opening Celebration

Looking for a fun family activity?
Join us on Saturday, July 17 from 11am - 5pm
for the coolest party of the summer!

Your family will have lots to do at our Grand Opening Celebration. Check the complete schedule below for all of the details!

- Free ice skating     - Free open hockey     - Free skate rental
- Free popcorn     - Door prizes     - Raffle prizes
- Tours of BTE Hockey's new hockey training center
- Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
- Food and drinks available at the Top Shelf Bar & Grill
including local breweries on-tap
- Special guest appearance

* A portion of all proceeds from the day will be donated to Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey,
a program dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey

We hope to see you there!

Grand Opening Schedule of Events

11:20am - 12:50pm   Free Public Skate*
12pm    Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with Officials from the Village of Gurnee
12:30pm - 2:30pm Free Caricature Drawings
1:00pm - 2:00pm  Free Open Hockey for kids 11 and under*
2:10pm - 3:40pm  Free Public Skate*
3:50pm - 4:50pm  Free Open Hockey for kids 12 and over*

The BTE Hockey training center will be open for tours throughout the event. Come and check out their new  synthetic ice rink, shooting lanes, agility training area and weight training center.
The Top Shelf Bar & Grill will be open throughout the event and the beer will be flowing!  A special menu will be featured during the event along with free popcorn for everyone!

*Pro tip - We hope you take advantage of our free skate rental that day! If you do, don't forget to wear/bring socks!

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)

Learn to Skate and Learn to Play

Skating and Hockey classes are underway at Top Shelf Ice Arena!
Click below for information about Learn to Skate, Jump Start,
and Hockey School classes offered through
Pleasant Prairie Hockey and held at Top Shelf.   

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: 847-224-7171

Tim Kinsman

Owner & Operator

Kurt Carlson

Owner & Operator