Ice skating at Maggie Daley Park, Christkindlmarket set to return this week

If last week’s first dusting of snow wasn’t enough to get you excited for winter’s impending arrival, a pair of seasonal Chicago classics returning this week are sure to do the trick. Starting at noon on Friday, November 17th, Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park will welcome skaters to its meandering, quarter-mile ice ribbon. Since 2014, the landscaped circuit beneath Chicago’s famous downtown skyline has provided skaters a unique alternative to a regular oval rink.

Like in years past, admission to the ribbon is free. Skate rental runs $12 Monday through Thursday and increases to $14 on weekends. New this year is an option to skip the typically slow-moving rental line by purchasing a $40 limited-availability “fast pass.” For more information on pricing and hours, be sure to check out the Maggie Daley’s official website. Friday is also the start of the season for the nearby McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park.

Another beloved Windy City wintertime staple—Chicago’s famous Christkindlmarket—also returns this Friday. Featuring dozens of European food and craft vendors, the open-air holiday market returns to its traditional home under the steely gaze of Picasso’s Daley Plaza sculpture in the Loop.

In addition to its traditional locations at Chicago’s Daley Plaza in the Loop and suburban Naperville, the holiday market will also debut this season at The Park at Wrigleyville. Chicagoans hoping to sip hot spiced wine and shop for holiday knick knacks in the plaza next to the “Friendly Confines,” however, will need to wait a little bit longer. The Wrigleyville Christkindlmarket location isn’t expected to open until November 24th.

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Chicago Water Taxi season extended through mid-December

Chicagoans can expect to see the Windy City’s iconic yellow water taxis scooting along the Chicago River much later in the season in 2017 than in years past. Chicago Water Taxi has announced that it will delay the end of its season from Thanksgiving weekend to December 15th. The move represents the first time that service has extended to the last month of the year since 2010.

The choice to keep the boats running was a result of sustained customer demand rather than hopeful predictions of mild weather, reports the Chicago Tribune. Service will, however, progressively wind down as winter approaches.

This past weekend, the taxi fleet was reduced from three to two boats as weekday trips to Chinatown concluded for the year. On November 26th, service will taper to a single vessel—the largest of the fleet with onboard heat.

The end-of-the-season run could come to a close earlier than expected should extreme temps and river ice prove disruptive. After fresh coats of yellow paint, regular service typically resumes in the spring with the dyeing of the river on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

With the Windy City experiencing a boom in riverside development, the Chicago Water Taxi fleet could get very busy over the next decade. Proposed waterfront mega-projects such as Lincoln Yards, The River District, The 78, and the revitalization of the Old Post Office all call for new water taxi stops.

The Chicago Skyline Of Tomorrow: Top 10 Tallest Buildings Are Changing

Here’s Chicago’s skyline of tomorrow, today:

DNAinfo/Tanveer Ali [Sources: Council On Tall Buildings And Urban Habitat; Developers]

The 10 tallest buildings in Chicago have been the same since 2009.

But (economy willing) that won’t be for long.

A bevy of new, post-recession towers in the pipeline promise to change Chicago’s skyline in the near future. The latest addition: a proposed 76-story skyscraper that would be built on the former site of Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot at Chicago Avenue and State Street.

The future top 10 list below reflects buildings under construction or under city consideration. One Chicago Square — the project across the street from Holy Name Cathedral — for example, still requires city approval.

And these buildings provide just a snippet at the building boom Downtown and the surrounding area . Honorable mentions that don’t quite crack the future top 10 include a planned 73-story tower at 1000 S. Michigan Ave. designed by Helmut Jahn and a proposed 80-story, 875-foot tower near Wacker and Lake Shore drives.

The tallest of the three towers planned for Wolf Point near the confluence of the Chicago River is slated to be 950 feet tall, but wouldn’t be built before One Grant Park, now under construction near Roosevelt Road and Indiana Avenue.


DNAinfo/Tanveer Ali [Sources: Council On Tall Buildings And Urban Habitat; Developers]