Ice skating at the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon, a Chicago staple, continues to be a frequently sold-out activity despite pandemic shutdowns.
This year, the park decided to try something unique —due to COVID-19 lockdowns on museums and other educational centers, Maggie Daley has teamed up with museums like the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, The Chicago Art Institute, and the Chicago Architectural Center to bring skaters Educate and Skate. Born out of the pandemic, this marks the first year of this immersive program for skaters.
Using large speakers and 13x8-foot monitors on the ribbon, skaters have the opportunity to watch and listen to 90 minutes of educational videos covering history, art, science, architecture, and other educational topics while they skate.
The event kicked off last week, featuring a video by The Art Institute of Chicago on art decor, modern art, and the history of art. This Wednesday's video was sponsored by the Field Museum and featured a segment on bats and native Chicago animals. The program concludes February 28, along with the rest of the skating ribbon. Below is the following schedule for February’s Educate and Skate:
February 3rd – Adler Planetarium
February 10th – Shedd Aquarium
February 17th – Field Museum
February 24th – Chicago Architecture Center
Educate and Skate takes place every Wednesday, runs through Feb. 28, and is at no additional charge. Just like the usual skating protocols, visitors must make a reservation in advance. Mask mandates and social distancing rules still apply. Find out more here.
Skate with love and a live DJ this Valentine’s Day as the park will host a Valentine’s weekend skating event at the ribbon Friday through Sunday with 5:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. time slots.