Alpine in the City

Skating Ribbon Chicagoundefined

Chicago On Ice/Alpine in the City
Written By VAMONDE

Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions

Skaters can experience "alpine in the city" as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. The winding path takes you through a unique quarter-mile landscape with the city's skyline as your backdrop.

Complementing the Ribbon are places to rent skates and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. You'll definitely want to take advantage of this because the Ribbon is made with real ice! The ice stays frozen with chillers under the concrete. In the summertime, the Ribbon is a great place for a walk and the perfect vantage point to watch climbers scale the climbing wall. 

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Skip The Lines

With the Ribbon big enough to hold up to 750 skaters at a time, there's no waiting to get on the ice. But there can be a long wait to rent skates, so the rink created a Fast Pass that lets line-averse skaters reserve the time period when they want to arrive, skip the line, and rent skates and a locker for $35. Quantities and times are limited and can be reserved three days in advance. To buy a Fast Pass, look for signage with QR codes at the park or visit

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