Après Ski, Chicago Style
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Après Ski, Chicago Style

Ice skating. Whiskey flights. Grab a date.

  • 18 December 2014

This past weekend, Maggie Daley Park — the latest public outdoor space to grace Downtown — opened to the public with the debut of the Ice Skating Ribbon: a twisting path of frozen fun. Great for families. Better for dates. Here’s how to do it.

Step One: Gear Up

A jaunt on the ice, no matter how brief, requires a layer or two or just one, if you’re wearing Patagonia’s new Nano-Air line. Comfortable, stretchable outer shell for movement, and it’s backed by 60 grams of polyester insulation. Clean lines and no bulk. Consider the Nano-Air hoodie your go-to jacket for winter sport. Two locations in town to shop from. Otherwise, order online.

Step Two: Lace Up

First, watch this magical video. Your boring, predictable ice rink this is not. Instead: a dynamic track that offers clutch views of the city and enough turns to keep things interesting. Use this handy map so you know where you’re going. Oh, and the ribbon is outfitted with handrails should she (or you) need it. But, you know, offer your hand, man.

Step Three: Drink Up

Close the evening out with a leisurely stroll to the Franklin Room, the upscale basement den just opened in River North. This classic tavern is perfect for warming up with a much-deserved whiskey flight and some white sturgeon caviar. Pro move is to cop a rare bottle through their Bottle Keep program. They’ll store it safely until you return. It’s like having your own personal cellar.

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