Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park Provides COVID-Safe Winter Activity in Downtown Chicago

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CHICAGO (WLS) – The Ice Sliver at Maggie C. Daley Park in downtown Chicago is open to the public for ice skating until the end of February, taking precautions to stay safe during the pandemic of COVID-19.

“We have ice skating seven days a week here,” said park superintendent John Wegforth. “Everything is outside, everyone is wearing masks and we are operating at 25% of our capacity. “

Instead of allowing entrances and long lines, the park has switched to an online reservation system. Each day has four or five 90-minute sessions to skate around the ribbon.
Skaters of all ages and activities have filled the limited capacity of the rinks since it opened for the winter season. Dante Benford has been ice skating for seven years and said the park is helping him get through a COVID-19 winter.

“The way I am on the ice is a little different from the way I go about my daily life. It’s a chance to express myself a bit, ”said Benford. “I sit there all day, and I go out here and become a new person.”

In addition to regular skating, the park is partnering with local museums and cultural institutions this year to offer Educate and Skate programs every Wednesday during the 2:45 p.m. skating session.

“There will be (an educational video) and audio playback while people skate,” Wegforth said.

In order to accommodate more people, the park management is launching new open sessions every two weeks. The Ice Ribbon will be open until February. To register for a skate session, visit MaggieDaleyPark.org.

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