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Maggie Daley Park, Chicago

(4.8/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
A major construction project continues at the former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site, now being transformed into the magnificent Lakefront recreation center, Maggie Daley Park. As part of a staggered opening, the Skating Ribbon and playground area is now open to the public, and the fieldhouse is now open for Chicago Park District programs.

Amenities include a Skating Ribbon, fieldhouse, Climbing Park for both expert and novice climbers, Play Garden for children, an Enchanted Forest with a mirrored maze and kaleidoscope, The Lagoon, The Sea and The Harbor play apparatus for toddlers, a Wave Lawn for recreation for all ages, a Slide Crater with spiral slide and wide and rail slide features, as well as access to event rental space in the fieldhouse, lawns, and Cancer Survivors' Garden.
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  • Built with kids as a focus, Maggie Daley Park is a place for the entire family. Winter brings the opportunity to enjoy ribbon skating on the north side. The playgrounds are open with numerous types of...  more »
  • My wife and daughter were very eager to skate here, due to the special rink, but also me and my son had a good time while they were waiting in line or skating. We visited the Buckingham Fountain (also...  more »
  • I was here during the summer and I was able to rock climb outdoors in the middle of downtown Chicago. Not sure how many other cities have something like this but It was quite an experience. I am a roc...  more »
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  • This is an outstanding park. The play areas for children are fresh and inventive, and they encourage kids to use their imagination. The plant selection has been done with great care and includes a careful selection of trees and shrubs that will be beautiful in all seasons. It's a park that resonates for adults as well as children. You can go back many times and find something new and intriguing.
  • Wonderful park and playground. Lots of room to run around for all ages. The big playground can cause anxiety if you aren't prepared. We suggest picking base camp and having children check in regularly. The views are absolutely beautiful throughout.
  • Stumbled into this park and couldn't have been happier. Spent the afternoon riding slides, running up hills and walking through an enchanted forest. It didn't matter that I wasn't 8, this was the best afternoon I could have asked for. Of course, bring the kids they will love it. Plenty to do for all ages, enough to fill up an entire day. Bring water! It gets hot running around. Very clean which was so surprising. And there were public restrooms which made the whole thing a wonderful experience.
  • I loved exploring Maggie Daley Park and I definitely want to go back again! It's a beautiful park right on Lake Michigan, connected to Millennium Park by a cool ribbon-looking bridge that goes across the freeway. (Millennium Park is the location of the iconic "Bean" statue, among other things.) Maggie Daley is where you go to play, though. There is a huge, AMAZING playground that is big enough for adults as well as kids, a big bouncy bridge, a smaller playground for the little tots, rock climbing facilities and more. It's a must-visit for tourists and residents alike!
  • A fun park for all ages to play. Different slides, climbing apparatuses, and hills to roll on. There are swings and areas for water play. A place for imagination to soar!