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Maggie Daley Park’s Iconic Ice Ribbon Is Opening For Winter This Friday

The "alpine in the city" experience will stay open until March, 2021!

By Elliot McGowan

Maggie Daley Park’s Iconic Ice Ribbon Is Opening For Winter This Friday

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 going ahead with its plan to open this Friday, November 20.

Chicagoans have been enjoying winter afternoons at Maggie Daley Park ever since it’s 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.

Given the circumstances of 2020 reservations are necessary this year but on the plus side, that means no lines, no waiting, and no crowds. There will also be a limited capacity so that skaters can safely social distance and at twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink, Maggie Daley’s ice ribbon has more than enough room to safely accommodate a large number of skaters.


If you’re a tried and tested skater owning your own pair of skates entry will only set you back $5 whilst renting a pair of skates with entry will cost you $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 you $20 given that limited capacity needs to be adhered to throughout the festive season and these are the most sought-after dates.

Reservations are already open so lace up and get skating!

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