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ICE SKATING AT MILLENNIUM PARK

Take a spin under a snow-capped city skyline and along a ribbon of ice.

MCCORMICK TRIBUNE ICE RINK

SEE: Millennium Park's famous Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately known as "The Bean."

GREAT FOR: All ages and abilities. 

Ice skating

Whether you're a pro on skates or still just a little bit clumsy, the iconic skating rink in Millennium Park is a must-stop for a spin on the ice—not to mention breathtaking views of the downtown city skyline and the magical sight of all those holiday lights reflected on The Bean's shimmering surface.

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.

Open November - March | Free admission, skate rental $12 weekdays; $14 weekends and holidays | millenniumpark.org

MAGGIE DALEY SKATING RIBBON

SEE: Chicago's magical downtown skating rink and expansive park.

GREAT FOR: More experienced skaters given the inclines/declines and longer distance.

Ice Skating Maggie Daley Park

This neighbor to Millennium Park made its debut in 2014, and offers a picturesque skating ribbon that curves through Maggie Daley Park, under pine trees and around towering 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: bring your own skates to skip the rental line.

Open late November - March | Free admission, skate rental $12 weekdays; $14 weekends and holidays |  maggiedaleypark.com

 

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