Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

While it might not be possible to gaze down on the Jungfrau while ice skating in Chicago, the winter sports enthusiast can take advantage of the remarkable skating ribbon that is the centerpiece of Maggie Daley Park.

The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Skating Ribbon provides a rather sumptuous 27,500 square feet of ice surface and at full capacity it can accommodate 700 skaters. Since it opened in December 2014, the ribbon has received a range of accolades and praise from local media and those who have craved a bit more variety in their ice-skating experience. After all, a ribbon presents an experience that might go on ad infinitum, providing one has great fortitude and strong ankles. 

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

At the ribbon, visitors can pick up some hot chocolate, and get prepped for this frozen adventure. You can get information about the hours of operation here, and it's worth nothing that admission is free and skate rental is $12. It's worth noting that there's also a climbing wall on premises, along with the nearby wonders of a three-acre Play Garden.  And oh yes, if you're looking to learn when the ice ribbon is being resurface, you can check out the Zamboni's twitter feed over at @mdpzamboni.

You'll want to return in the spring as the park will take on a different character as the new plantings come to life and the ribbon is transformed into a roller-skating ribbon and a place for special events and exhibitions. 

Photos by Adam Alexander