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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)

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 and Intro to Hockey 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.  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

Sunday Night Adult League

Games are Sunday evenings starting at 9:20 pm.

Session 1 - Season runs October 1st through December 3rd.  Cost is $195 per player.

Session 2 - Season runs December 10 through February 25 (no games on 12/24 & 12/31).  Cost is $195 per player.

Register for both Session 1 & 2 and save!  Cost is $365 per player.


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.

Fall Session I runs October 6 - November 17 (no class on 11/3).

Cost is $60 for the 6 week session.

We have a Drop In Rate of $12 per skater (not including skate rental)

Skate Rental is 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 -

Learn to Skate Fall 1 Session

Click on this link to register for the Learn to Skate session October 6th - November 17th.



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

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

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

Women's Hockey Class

Come and join other women at Top Shelf's Hockey Class, taught by Carter Caplan.  There will be 40 minutes of skills followed by a 20 minute scrimmage.

Full Gear Required

Classes are typically offered during Spring & Summer

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. 

Contact Laura Baran

General Manager, Top Shelf Ice Arena

Phone: 847-856-1064

Tim Kinsman

Owner & Operator

Kurt Carlson

Owner & Operator