An urban winter experience unlike any other.
The ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is without a doubt one of Chicago’s best winter-time activities. The quarter-mile rink curves up and down around a 40-foot climbing wall with the city’s iconic skyline standing beautifully in the backdrop.
Integrated into the heart of downtown Chicago, Maggie Daley Park’s ice ribbon offers skaters a track twice the length of your average rink and a number of hot chocolate stands to warm up before and after a good skating session. There really is no winter experience quite like a day gliding through one of Chicago’s best parks and luckily for us all, it is opening once again for the holiday season on Friday, November 19th.
Chicagoans have been enjoying winter afternoons at Maggie Daley Park ever since its opening in 2014. The park was named after the former first lady of the city who died in 2011 and was known for her love and advocacy for Chicago children. In honor of Maggie, the park is now one of the best playgrounds in the city and the ice ribbon is one of its most popular attractions.
Reservations will again be necessary this year and there will also be a limited session capacity but on the plus side, that means no lines, no waiting, and no crowds.
If you’re a tried and tested skater owning your own pair of skates entry will only cost you $5 whilst renting a pair of skates with entry is $16. Reservations will be more expensive on this year’s holidays. If you plan to skate on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve it will cost slightly more as these are the most sought-after dates.
Reservations are already open so lace up and get skating! More information can be found at maggiedaleypark.com/things-to-do-see/skating-ribbon.