Everything you need to know about visiting Maggie Daley Park (337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601).
One of the latest additions to the Chicago Park District, Maggie Daley Park pays tribute to the late first lady of the city with 20 acres of recreational opportunity. Walk across the BP Pedestrian Bridge from Millennium Park and you’ll be greeted by a 40-foot climbing wall, a quarter-mile skating ribbon and one of the most whimsical playgrounds in the city. With facilities fit for kids and adults, this is a park where the entire family can spend the day having fun outdoors
Ride the ribbon
One of the most distinctive features of Maggie Daley Park is its quarter-mile skating ribbon, which wraps around a climbing wall. In the winter, the ribbon is coated with ice so that ice skaters can slide along the curvy path. When the weather gets warm, it becomes a walking, jogging or rollerblading path, complete with a gradually sloping surface that should help you pick up some speed.
Play all day
There’s no better way to wow the kids than with a trip to Maggie Daley Park’s Play Garden, a three-acre playground that’s divided into themed areas. It’s anchored by the towering Slide Crater, where bridges and slides emerge from a pair of towers. The little ones will also enjoy the Enchanted Forest, a path that winds through upside down trees and vegetation, or the the Watering Hole, where you can get soaked by spouts and showers.
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|Venue name:||Maggie Daley Park | Chicago, IL|
337 E Randolph St
|Opening hours:||6am-11pm daily|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Orange, Green, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph/Wabash. Bus: 3, 4, 20, 26, 60, 66, 124, 146, 147, 151, 157.|
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The most beautifully maintained park of the Chicago Park District.
In the winter, the skating ribbon is a great way to break the monotony of going in ovals at Millennium Park. It is a curved track with undulations throughout. Bring your own skates to avoid rental fees and lines.
In the summer, you can bring the kids to the playgrounds,which are plenty big, or just go have a picnic and enjoy some of the best sight lines in Chicago.
Quite possibly one of my most favorite places to go for a walk/run/skate. The park has everything from a kid-friendly environment to a relaxing spot to sit and relax. Try out the rock climbing wall, too!