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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)

Advanced Power Skating & Stick Handling Clinic

Limited Availability - maximum of 25 players per class - First Come, First Served

Mite & Squirt

Monday, 12/27 from 9 AM - 10 AM

Tuesday, 12/28 from 9 AM - 10 AM

Wednesday, 12/29 from 9 AM - 10 AM

PeeWee & Bantam

Monday, 12/27 from 10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Tuesday, 12/28 from 10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Wednesday, 12/29 from 10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Cost:  $90 per player (includes all 3 days)

Instructors:  Jaymes Schneider & Carter Caplan


The Power Skating clinic is for hockey players looking to develop power, speed, endurance, edgework and balance.  Our instructors will instill proper technique and the basic-fundamentals needed to advance players to the next level of skating.  Each Session has a maximum capacity of 25 players to ensure proper reps and instruction.

Each player will work on the following:

  • Balance
  • Stride
  • Backwards Skating
  • Crossovers
  • Edgework
  • Power


The Stickhandling Clinic focuses specifically on hands, stick handling and technique.  This clinic is ideal for players looking to develop and advance their stick handling and add additional tools to their arsenal.  Class sizes are limited to 25 players .

Training will include the following:

  • Proper hand placement
  • Proper use of the Top and Bottom hand
  • Creativity
  • A wide variety of stick handling moves
  • Quick Hands
  • Deception techniques


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:  11/12/21 - 1/21/22 (9 Classes)  No classes on 11/26, 12/24 & 12/31

Cost:  $90

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 -

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. 

Tot Learn To Skate

Tot Learn to Skate Class is held every Monday from 12 pm - 12:30 pm.  It is a 7 week session and runs November 8 - December 20. This class is for any new skaters looking to get into figure skating, hockey, or just learn how to skate for fun. 

Ages 2-5 

Cost is $70

A helmet and gloves are required to particpate.

Skates may be rented for $5 per pair or you may purchase a 10 Pack for only $10.

Registration is always open.  Contact Laura at if registering after week 3.

Adult Learn to Skate Class

Adults Skate Too!

Adult Learn to Skate Class runs every Monday from 12 pm - 12:30 pm.  There is a 30-minute practice (free ice time) directly following, from 12:30 pm - 1 pm (optional).

The 7 week session runs November 8 - December 20.

Cost is $85

You may bring your own skates or rent them for $5 per pair.  Save some money and purchase a 10-Pack of Skate Rentals for only $10.

Registration is always open.  Contact Laura at laura@topshelficearena if registering after week 3.

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