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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



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

Women's Hockey Class

Taught by Jaymes Schneider, this class is for skaters from Beginners to Advanced skaters.  

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

Spring Registration is OPEN!  Classes will be every Thursday evening from 9:25-10:25 pm.  The session will run March 16 - May 18.  

Women's Hockey Class - Spring 2023

Click this link to register for Women's Hockey Class Spring Session

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!

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:  March 3 - April 28 (No class March 31 & April 21)

Cost:  $70 per skater, per class session

Drop In Rate:  $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 -

Sunday Night Men's League

Calling all players 35+ years old for Sunday Night Men's League at Top Shelf!

Every Sunday night from March 12 - May 28.  Games start at 7:30 pm.  Cost is $185 per player for the 12 weeks.

**NEW - Drop In Sunday Nights for only $20**

Bar & Grill will be open at least 1 hour after each game.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Cacioppo at

Sunday Night Men's League Registration

Click the link to register for Sunday Night Men's League



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

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