In winter, as long as you bring your own skates, you can freely enter the McCormick Tribune or Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon ice rink. If you are not yet familiar with skating, you can join the Friday and Saturday courses for free to make you a master skating player right away.
Very busy rink along Michigan Avenue and below the Bean. Stunning at night with its skyscraper backdrop.
A nice winter pass time
I never ice skated outdoors!!! And while it snowed!!! Something about that was very magical and I am so glad my bf dragged me here with his living social deal.LINE: Horrible, esp when you're freezing you butt off in the negative degrees. At least we could watch the ice skaters while we waited for over 45minutes. Best to show up super early or super late. Security was strict, they made sure no one cut in.SHOES: Wear socks. They'll keep your shoes hostage til you return the skatesTIP: From experience, try getting a shoe size that's a lil smaller than usual. I had this issue a while back and it was very painful to stand on the skates... felt like I was about to twist my ankle because the bottom part was so lose.CAFE: is right next door, they have hot cocoa and coffee
Although the general activity of ice skating was fun the rink really disappointed me. We seemed to have to get off the ice every 30mins and it took what felt like hours to go back on. The rink was very crowded and I got pushed over a lot. The people who were sorting out the skates were very distracted and unprofessional. It telly wasn't for me. The good part was that you could see the beautiful skyscrapers.
Who doesn't love a date ice skating (even if you're terrible)?