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City envy: we want a giant park-circling ice rink like Chicago

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Flo Wales Bonner
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The nights are drawing in, the leaves are dropping, Starbucks is rolling out its Christmas tree-flavoured lattes (or whatever) – winter is practically here, London. Which isn't to complain. Winter means good things like hot booze! And ice skating! But while the capital has some pretty rad rinks, our pals over in Chicago have got us beat with what is officially the coolest rink ever.

 

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The Ice Ribbon, opened last Saturday, is a quarter-mile track that loops its way around Maggie Daley Park in the downtown area. Up to 700 skaters at a time can glide around the track and gaze up at a perfect view of the Chicago skyline. There's hot chocolate too. Sure, you'll still be embarrassed when you fall arse-first on to the ice in front of your date as a seven-year-old pirouettes gracefully past you. But at least the view is nice. 

We also want a Darth Vader statue like Odessa.

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