Maggie Daley Park Offers Unique Skating Opportunity in Chicago

January 23, 2015
Photo courtesy of Chicago Park District

Photo courtesy of Chicago Park District

Chicago residents can enjoy winter weekend fun at Maggie Daley Park’s one-of-a-kind skating ribbon, which provides a unique ice skating experience. Offering 27,500 square feet of skating area, the ribbon can accommodate as many as 700 skaters at one time! Integrated into the landscape and the central feature of the park, the skating ribbon offers breathtaking views of the surrounding city.

Located in the northeastern area of Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park is named after the former first lady of Chicago. Maggie Daley’s goals included having a culturally rich city for all who lived in Chicago and helping improve the lives of children. It was fitting that this amazing park was named in honor of her, as it is designed as a lakefront recreation center that will offer programs and activities for children, events, play areas, works of art and much more.

In spring 2015, many new features are scheduled to open. There will be a climbing wall that all levels of experience can use. For children, there are three acres worth of play areas: The Enchanted Forest with a mirror and kaleidoscope, the Play Garden for young children and The Lagoon, The Sea and The Harbor for toddlers. During the summer, the skating ribbon will be put to use for other activities, such as gallery exhibits, roller skating, riding scooters and special events.

Bundle up the kids and head down to Maggie Daley Park, where the entire family can enjoy the skating ribbon adventure, as well as delicious hot chocolate. Admission to Maggie Daley Park is free, and skate rentals are $12. The park is also handicap accessible. For more information and hours of operation, visit Maggie Daley Park on the Chicago Park District website.  

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