Design-wise, Chicago just knocked it out of the park again.
We are now the proud residents of a city with an ice-skating ribbon--a magical, just-opened attraction at the still-under-construction Maggie Daley Park.
When the $60 million park is complete (next spring) and the evergreen trees grow in (decades from now), the ribbon will make you feel like you’re skating along a winding, rolling river in an alpine wonderland.
For the moment, it’s like skating through a gracefully curved path surrounded by dramatic skyline views--with stopping points for hot chocolate. The ribbon is 20 feet wide and can hold 700 skaters at once, and it’s about a quarter of a mile long.
If you’re not into falling on your rear in front of strangers, snag a seat on one of the benches that line the ribbon and take in some of the best people-watching you’ll find anywhere in town.
Want a preview of the scene? Check out this hypnotizing video of a lap around the ribbon from a skater’s perspective.
Admission free; skate rental $12; Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.; chicagoparkdistrict.com