Whether you enjoy strapping blades to your feet and sliding on ice or rolling across concrete on a slab of wood, skaters of all persuasions have a couple of new venues to check out in Grant Park. Ice skaters will be the first to enjoy Maggie Daley Park when its brand new ice ribbon opens to the public at 11:30am on Saturday, December 13. According to the Park District, the quarter-mile loop will be able accommodate up to 700 skaters. Admission to the ice ribbon is free and ice skate rentals will be available nearby for $12, just like at the nearby Millennium Park ice rink. The sloped course, which curves around a 40-foot climbing wall, is the first section of Maggie Daley Park to open—the rest of the park is scheduled to be completed in spring next year.
Photograph courtesy of Grant Park Conservancy
On the other end of Grant Park, a new skate plaza (which celebrated its grand opening last Saturday) is attracting local skateboarders, bikers and rollerbladers. The three-acre park is located near Michigan Ave and 11th St and features a selection of rails, ramps and benches. The plaza's opening was pushed up after the Grant Park Conservancy observed skaters sneaking into the area to ride as the concrete was drying. The park is open to kick-flippers (and those who would rather just watch from the sidelines) daily from 6am-11pm.