Skate at Your Own Risk

ice skatingTo keep the spirit of new adventures alive, I decided to try skating. I had roller-skated years ago and was not that bad, so I figured it’d be pretty similar. Well, I was pretty wrong and my confidence had deceived me. After multiple hard falls onto the ice and sore ankles, I vowed never to skate again.

The first thing you should know about the “ribbon” is that it is not like your typical skating rink. This set of ice snakes along Millennium Park and features slight alterations in elevation. Located not too far from the Millennium Park rink by the Cloud Gate, I chose the Maggie Daley Ribbon because it was less busy and actually bestows a larger square footage of ice. The cost to rent skates ranges from twelve dollars to fourteen dollars depending on the day (weekdays are cheaper). If you’re an avid skater, I’d recommend buying your own skates since they’ll probably fit better and an ill-fitting pair of skates will make your time on the ice miserable. Admission is free to everyone every day, so there really is no excuse to not give skating a chance. The Ribbon opened in mid-November and will remain open to the public until the beginning of March.

 
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