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Maggie Daley Park, Chicago

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 700+ 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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  • This was a nice little hidden park that the kids loved while visiting from out of town. We visited Millennium Park and it was right over the silver bridge. Great idea for kids needing to run some ener...  read more »
  • We stayed just north of this park and walked through it several times during our recent visit. It is quiet a nice park and looks to have lots of things for kids to do when the weather is nice (it was ...  read more »
  • Super se bhi Upar Amazing - must visit place I really like to go there as many times possible with kids as everyone enjoy in the park in the heart of downtown with view of skylines and lake.. We love ...  read more »
  • 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!
  • My sons and I have been to a lot of parks across the country. This park is hands down the best park we have visited. Chicago has a way of doing Parks like no other city. The scaled play structures, the water features, the epic slides. We spent hours moving through this complex. They had a ball. There is no commercial junk. Pure fun! Bravo.
  • Probably the best park I've been to in America. Great play ground. It can get crowded, and that might make it stressful, but a great park. It has really fun slides and great themes for kids to use their imaginations and explore.
  • I love that this urban park packs so much. Winding paved paths, ice skating/rollerblading ribbon/ climbing wall, picnic tables, green lawns for lounging and native "wild" plantings for the birds & butterflies. Not to mention fantastic age specific play areas that make adults envious. All atop Styrofoam upon the roof of a parking garage. A triumph of urban planning. And a lovely space to unwind after work and weekends. All with a view of the lake and Chicago skyline.
  • Seasonal ice skating on the ribbon was a fun change from more traditional skating rinks, especially outdoors in the shadow of Chicago's majestic skyscrapers. I recommend bringing your own skates if possible to avoid the long lines for skate rentals. It would be worthwhile to plan your trip around the times that the Zamboni will be resurfacing the ice, which can take a little while. Obviously the best time to get on the ice is right afterwards, as it can get rough rather quickly if there are a lot of people on the ribbon. I've been several times and enjoyed each visit thoroughly! In the summer, the park has lots of great play areas for kids.
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