Take a spin under a snow-capped city skyline along a ribbon of ice in the heart of downtown. Check out the seasonal ice skating rink in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

Maggie Daley Park ice skating

This neighbor to Millennium Park is home to a picturesque Skating Ribbon that meanders through snow-dusted pine trees, whimsical play spaces, and around soaring climbing walls.

Its path is twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink — which also means you should check the Zamboni schedule to avoid the lengthy ice resurfacing times.

Another tip: you’ll need a reservation this year, but that means less lines and less waiting. Reservations open on Nov. 11 and limited spots will be available to ensure social distancing, so make sure to book your time slot early.

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon
Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

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McCormick Tribune ice rink

Ice skating near The Bean

Whether you’re a pro on skates or still just a little bit clumsy, the iconic skating rink in Millennium Park is a bucket list spot to take a spin on the ice. You’ll be surrounded with breathtaking wintery views of Chicago, including the downtown skyline, the magical lights on the city’s towering Christmas tree, and all the holiday lights reflected on the shining surface of Cloud Gate aka “The Bean.”

Admission is free. But here’s a tip: Each year more than 100,000 skaters visit the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, so plan to go during off-times to avoid the big crowds and long lines for skate rentals.