Maggie Daley Park has been under construction since what
feels like the beginning of time. The city’s first ice skating ribbon opened
during winter intersession, so naturally I gathered up a group of buds that
stayed in the city over break to test out the new rink.
After waiting for the Zamboni to do whatever the heck it
does, we geared up with our $12 rental skates and hit the ice (Pro Tip: bring
your own skates). Literally, I hit the ice with my body. I am not the most
coordinated person even on solid, non-slippery terrain. The ribbon shaped
course seemed pretty basic until you glide a few yards and the path begins to
elevate. This was a surprise to both me and my gluteus maximus. Despite my best
efforts, I never truly got the hang of it the way Chazz Michael Michaels did in
Blades of Glory. The one perplexing question is why would anyone design a
skating rink with inclines? Regardless, the new park is beautifully designed
and harbors a perfect vantage point for unique views of the skyline.
Construction on this site is still underway, but it seems to
me that this place may be my new favorite summer hangout spot. Installation of
a rock climbing wall has begun, along with modern playground equipment in the
shape of a ship and lighthouse. My gut is telling me that most of the park
attractions are supposed to appeal to children, but my gut is also telling me
that I am young at heart and no one can stop from becoming one with a jungle
gym. This $60 million park will bring a whole new experience when visiting Chicago.
Due to the fact that is adjacent to Millennium Park, folks can visit the Bean
and then visit Maggie Daley Park to play in Chicago’s front yard. Stay tuned
for live-action photos of me climbing the rock wall with a bunch of little