Breathtaking backdrops await you at Maggie Daley Park. Photo credit: Michael Van Valkenbergh/Wikipedia.
In summer, Maggie Daley Park shines, with its exotic assortment of plants, low hills of grass, multiple play areas for specific age levels, rock climbing, mini golf, picnic groves, tennis courts and a 20-foot wide, quarter-mile long inline skate ribbon that converts into an ice skating ribbon during winter. One of our colleagues visited it recently with family and friends to skate away the first Saturday of the new year.
In winter, ice skating is the main draw, but it’s an enchanting journey to get there. The multiple views in this park are spectacular: open skies and Lake Michigan; magnificent skyscrapers and tall buildings; the curvaceous, gleaming steel BP bridge and futuristic Pritzker Music Pavilion in Millennium Park. Visitors pass under fifty-foot tall, tubular light “teepees”, dotted along curving paths en route to their destination. Painted white, these massive light fixtures further enhance the beauty of snow.