CHICAGO — There will be no skating at Millennium Park this winter, the city quietly announced Friday morning.
The McCormick Tribune ice rink has become a winter mainstay, with people flocking to the park to skate, take photos and enjoy hot cocoa around the holidays. But there will not be skating this season, according to a Mayor’s Office news release.
There will still be skating at the ribbon in Maggie Daley Park, though, according to the Mayor’s Office. That rink will open Nov. 20. Skaters will be required to wear masks and make reservations in advance.
Reservations will be able to be made up to two weeks in advance on the park’s website. The website says reservations will open Wednesday.
Skate rental for the ribbon will cost $16, or people can bring their own skates and pay $5.
The city did not give a reason for the cancellation of skating this winter at Millennium Park, but other major events have been canceled and venues shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
Skating and activities at the rink are organized by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which is facing major budget cuts due to the pandemic. The department currently has no funding for the Taste of Chicago or Air and Water Show, signaling those could be canceled this summer, too.
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