My estimate is that there was marginal ice last weekend (okay in spots, but not consistently solid), while given the recent cold temperatures there could be more consistent solid ice, but the ice is buried under a healthy layer of snow that makes it not skateable. (Worse, with snow cover it’s harder to monitor any potential thin spots). Illinois may have a few lakes and ponds that have been shoveled, but the cool thing about canal ice skating is that you go somewhere rather than just going in circles.
Editor - Jim
This blog weighs in on topics such as long-distance skating, the Illinois canals, cycling, and a variety of related (and occasionally not-so-related) topics. I'd like to correspond with others interested in skating the Hennepin and I&M canals.