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Free zip line rides in Millennium Park this weekend

Written by
Nick Kotecki

Take your love to new heights this Valentine's Day weekend with a free zip line ride above Millennium Park. From 11am to 5pm Saturday through Monday at the Chase Promenade, Chicagoans can scale a three-story platform and fly down a 200-foot zip line. Guests land in a warming tent where they can enjoy free hot chocolate, snack on sweets and enter contests to win vacations and other prizes.

The free event is billed the "Escape Cold. Warm Your Heart," brought here by Experience Kissimmee, a tourism company that promotes travel to Kissimmee, Florida, just outside Orlando and Disney World. Also on hand for the event is a baby alligator from the city's Gatorland theme park. Find the little gator in the heating tent (it is a reptile, you know!).

As for the weather, things don't look so hot—literally. As of this writing, Tom Skilling's forecast predicts highs well below freezing both Saturday and Sunday, possible snow on Saturday and icy temperatures on Monday with a high that barely creeps above 32 degrees. So, if you're planning to fly across the park, bring your coats, hats and gloves and be sure to bring another coat while you're at it. Though the event is free, attendees are encouraged to bring new and/or gently-used jackets to be donated to Chicago Public Schools. Donations can be made by dropping jackets into the One Warm Coat box on-site.

For more information and updates, you can check out the event's Facebook page.

RECOMMENDED: A complete guide to Valentine's Day in Chicago

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