Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre (81,000 m2) public park in the Loop community area of Chicago operated by the Chicago Park District. It is near the Lake Michigan shoreline in northeastern Grant Park where Daley Bicentennial Plaza previously stood. Maggie Daley Park, like its predecessor, is connected to Millennium Park by the BP Pedestrian Bridge. Designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the park had its ceremonial ribbon cutting on December 13, 2014, and is named for Maggie Daley, the former first lady of the city who died of cancer in 2011. The park was almost entirely remade with multiple new features including a new field house, an ice skating ribbon, climbing walls, landscaping and children's playground. An older section of the park maintains a garden dedicated earlier to honor cancer survivors. The park is bounded by Randolph Street, Monroe, Columbus and Lake Shore Drives. Construction took 2 years and cost $60 million, including rebuilding an underground parking lot.
On August 26, 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced plans for the park where a hotly contested children's museum plan had previously been attempted. In 2008, the Chicago City Council had approved a $100 million plan to build the Chicago Children's Museum on the space, but legal contentions were expected to drag on regarding the use of parkland for such a structure.
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Chris McCarthy | Jan 27, 2018
A really great park with well defined age ranges for each play area. I love that it's a huge area with oversize play towers and slides that I would love to go down (watch for old folks at play) beautiful views of the city buildings and the lake make this even better. We found street parking witch was less than the parking garage for short play trips. Warning. It is easy to loose sight of your kids. You will see, or not see, what I mean when you play there. There are super fun changes in elevation that create blind spots. Other than that, go and enjoy a great free park. Would have given 5 stars if family bathrooms were more accessible.
Alex Dorer | Feb 20, 2018
Absolutely fantastic park for children AND adults. We visited with two children and three adults (two man-children). We had such a fun time exploring, climbing, jumping and cooling down in the water. I highly recommend visiting, especially if you’ve never been to Chicago. You get a uniquely green and luscious look of the Loop from the park!
Matt Szatkowski | Jan 23, 2018
Beautiful park! Such a great layout and plenty of great options. My son loves it! Each area has an age range to help parents guide their kiddos. We went in the fall so we didn't see everything as some water based areas were off. Can't wait to check it out in the summer!
Christopher Stoddard | Feb 21, 2018
Incredible city park. Lived in Chicago 15 years ago and was recently back for a short visit with my wife and two young kids. The city has done an amazing job with the park. The kids LOVED the large playground. Its clean, creative, and beautiful. If you have kids, don't skip out on a visit to this park.
Jonatan Hornik | Feb 20, 2018
My favorite park in Chicago! The kids love it in the winter and in the summer. Great ice skating rink, rock climbing wall and amazing playgrounds. It has a small outdoors bar/snacks place and public restrooms and lockers in the skate rental place.
Alyssa Lowder | Mar 6, 2018
Went ice skating and it was so much fun! Definitely a great price ($14 for skate rentals) and it's free to skate for as long as you want. Love that they have the rail; makes it a great place for beginners who want to learn. There a lot of other activities as well but it was too cold the night we went.
Lubna Said | May 5, 2018
This is hands down the best park in the city. It is clean and very well maintained. It was being touched up yesterday when we visited but even with some areas closed off the children had plenty to do. There is enough room and seating for family outings and even on crowded day's you don't feel claustrophobic there. It does get very crowded some days so I highly suggest you dress your kid in something that makes them easily visible. We usually make sure to take a brightly colored shirt so that we can see them amongst the sea of children. The kids love it, that's for sure. They're shrieks of glee and delight can usually be heard several hundred feet away from the playground. Pack some aspirin for yourself and plenty of water and wipes for the kiddos. They do have a little water play area, so taking a towel wouldn't hurt. They designed this beautifully and I sincerely hope they keep it open for years to come. A must for children if your visiting from out of town or your a Chicago resident like myself.
Gary Keck | Apr 29, 2018
Best park in all of Chicago. In the winter you can rent skates and skate along the path through the park. Hot chocolate is sold and you can go inside the skate house to warm up. Benches all along the skate path to sit and watch if you don't want to skate. In the summer, there is a multitude of things for kids of all ages to do. The park is quite large with many different venues for all ages.The skyline is so beautiful from the park.
J Brady | May 9, 2018
A wonderful family park, something for children of all ages. Multiple areas to play and run around. Parents have to have eyes in the back if their head. The park has security present but dressing your kids in something identifiable make it easy to spot them and brings peace of mind. Bring your own water in the winter, the fountains are shut off to prevent freezing. Big kids: bring gloves if you like hanging from the rope bridge, that thing will shred your fingers.
Melissa G | Apr 24, 2018
Huge free outdoor playground geared toward ages 2-12. Keeps my toddler entertained for hours! Fun for adults with their kids, too, since it's easy for adults to get in the equipment to help little ones. Flushing toilets nearby. No dogs allowed so no dog poo to navigate. HIGHLY recommended.
Julzy Chi | Jun 6, 2018
This is such a beautiful park in the middle of downtown Chicago! So many things to do here year round, whether its playing mini golf during spring, summer, and fall or ice skating in the ribbon during the winter. The views of the Chicago skyline are also spectacular from here. Perfect spot for an engagement or wedding photo shoot. Or just to get out and about with the family or friends.
Scott Howard | May 17, 2018
Great place for kids. Early morning before 10 am is best b/c by afternoon it’s a bit out of control with the large number of people. Your child will have to wait in line for certain play equipment and will have limited time on said equipment. Only applies if you teach good manners. Snacks are available, port o potties (no flash toilets), climbing and boulder wall, roller blading and open green space.
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