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The whimsical Ice Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park opens today

You'll need a reservation to lace up this year.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Many of Chicago's most beloved holiday traditions have been canceled this year, but here's one thing you can still do if you're willing to brave the cold: The Ice Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park opens today. Located in downtown Chicago, the winding rink is surrounded by jaw-dropping skyline views, making it a memorable winter attraction.

Of course, it's not quite business as usual this year. All skaters must have a timed reservation, which costs $5 per person (or $16–$20 with skate rental) and allows for 90 minutes on the ice. Management promises that the reservations will ensure there are "no lines, no waiting and no crowds." Visitors must wear a mask on and off the rink and maintain proper social distance whenever possible.

Reservations are going fast, but more dates will be released on Wednesday, November 25. Take a look at the regular hours below and be sure to check out special holiday hours in advance if you want to do a lap on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve.


  • 12:30–2pm
  • 2:45–4:15pm
  • 5–6:30pm
  • 7:15–8:45pm


  • 11am–12:30pm
  • 1:15–2:45pm
  • 3:30–5pm
  • 5:45–7:15pm
  • 8–9:30pm

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