Winter Fun in Chicago: Skating Ribbon

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If you’re in Chicago this winter and looking for something fun for the whole family to do, be sure to check out the ice skating ribbon in Maggie Daley Park.

Photo copyright Chicago Tribune.
Photo copyright Chicago Tribune.


This seasonal public ice skating “rink” is situated in the Maggie Daley section of Grant Park in the loop community of Chicago. It opened in December of 2014 and extends for one-quarter mile. It can hold quite a crowd too — up to 700 skaters at one time! The lovely ribbon of ice winds along with a scenic view of the city of Chicago’s skyline in the background.

People interested in keeping in shape will appreciate that the ice skating ribbon offers changes in elevation, giving an incline and decline challenge. Visitors can also enjoy fighting off the cold with hot chocolate stops.

A bonus of skating at this location is that admission is free. You can bring your own skates or rent a pair for $12 Monday through Thursday, and $14 Friday through Sunday.

A $40 fast pass option allows you to skip the lines and get skates and lockers right away. There is also a $90 fast pass option which includes skates, lockers and hot chocolate for two.

The ice skating ribbon is open from the middle of November until the first week of March. For additional fun, during the summer months it becomes a walking and rollerskating path.

Winter hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: noon until 8 p.m.

Friday – Noon until 10 p.m.

Saturday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more info, call 312.742.3918.

Happy skating!


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