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Skating Ribbon

November 17, 2017

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until March 5, 2018


In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates. In the summertime, the Ribbon can be used to watch climbers on the climbing wall.

Skating Ribbon is managed by Westrec Management

  • Phone: 312.552.3000
  • Season: Opening November 17th, weather permitting


  • $12/rental Monday – Thursday
  • $14/rental Friday – Sunday and holidays

  • $40/Fast Pass includes skates and locker for one person. Limited quantities available at select times. Only available 36 hours in advance. No refunds.
  • $90 package includes skates for two, lockers for two, tumblers with hot chocolate, and fast passes
    • *only available for purchase onsite during Skating Ribbon hours

Skate sharpening is NOT available onsite

Skate sizes available are child’s size 8 through men’s size 13.
Figure and hockey skates available.
Locker space is limited and unattended bags will be removed.


  • Monday – Thursday: noon – 8:00 pm
  • Friday: noon – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

*Skate rental stops thirty minutes before close

Holiday Hours:

  • Thanksgiving, November 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, November 24, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Eve, December 24, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • New Year’s Day, January 1, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • MLK Day, January 16, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • School Improvement Day, February 2, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • President’s Day, February 20, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

During the holiday break 12/19 – 1/5, the Skating Ribbon will be open from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, with the dates above as exceptions. Zamboni will go out at noon, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:30 pm on dates open from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. 

Zamboni Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Friday, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 5:00 pm
Zamboni times dependent upon weather conditions and take 45-60 minutes
Follow @MaggieDaleyPark on Twitter for Zamboni updates

      • Accessibility: A skate assist sled is available for use by skaters with physical disabilities and their companion skater

For information on hosting a private holiday or winter skating event, click here.

To learn about  FREE holiday events at the Ribbon, like our Annual Skate with Santa, click here.

Skating Ribbon Rules & Regulations:

        • Skate carefully at all times
        • Follow the instructions of the skate assistants
        • Skate only in the direction currently being indicated by the skating assistants
        • Speed of skating at all times must equal the flow of all other skaters
        • Only people wearing skates are allowed on the ice surface
        • No more than two (2) people may skate together

The following are not permitted on the ice:

        • Skating when ice resurfacing is being completed
        • Skating in a manner that endangers of interferes with the enjoyment experienced by other skaters
        • Stopping or standing on the ice
        • Horseplay, game playing, excessive speed, roughness or skating in a dangerous or potentially dangerous fashion
        • Carrying children or secondary items on the ice; handbags, backpacks, cameras, cell phones, portable music players, etc.
        • Jumps, spins, or skating backwards
        • Speed skates (racer blade skates)
        • Hockey playing
        • Eating or drinking
        • Throwing snowballs or other objects at any time
        • Sitting on or leaning over the railing




November 17, 2017
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Maggie Daley Park
337 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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