Ice Skating in Fulton River District

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For more than a decade, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink has cultivated an open-air expanse of ice between the skyscrapers of Michigan Avenue and the twinkling walkways of Millennium Park. Open seven days a week, the rink generally stays frozen from mid-November until mid-March with the help of a high-tech refrigeration system. Admission is free, allowing those with their own skates to hit the ice without delay, and rentals let visitors lace up within minutes. After taking off their skates, guests can practice learning how to walk on land again by ambling across the plaza to the Park Caf? for hot chocolate and snacks.

55 N Michigan Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US

If 360 Chicago—the the John Hancock observation deck—had a baseball card, the stats on the back would be pretty impressive: it's perched 1,000 feet in the air on the 94th floor, and on clear days, visibility stretches up to 50 miles. With the Magnificent Mile bustling below and Lake Michigan sprawling endlessly nearby, the popular attraction provides some of the best views in the country according to Travel and Leisure magazine.

But stunning vistas and the chance to witness sailboats below floating in the shape of the mayor's face aren't the only reasons to visit. In 2014, 360 Chicago opened Tilt, an attraction that brings brave guests face to face with a moving set of windows that angle 30 degrees downward for a spine-tingling glimpse of the streets below. Plus, interactive multimedia stations in seven languages share loads of information about the city and its architecture, and an onsite cafe serves snacks, drinks, and plenty of liquid courage.

875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is a world-class zoological institution nestled in the heart of Chicago?s historic Lincoln Park district. The zoo is open every day of the year and offers free admission to provide entertainment and education for visitors of all ages. In addition to architectural treasures and award-winning progressively designed animal habitats, the zoo is also a conservation haven, operating one of the country?s largest zoo-based conservation and science programs.

1900 N Stockton Dr
Chicago,
IL
US

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