City Scene: Skating with Van Gogh at Maggie Daley Park, two Christkindlmarket locations, and dinner or snacks at Russian Tea Time
Maggie Daley skating ribbon, set to immersive Van Gogh images
Enjoyed by more than a million visitors each year, the quarter-mile ice skating ribbon in Maggie Daley Park is open with Van Gogh-inspired visuals on the ice provided by Immersive Van Gogh Chicago, the blockbuster immersive experience seen by more than 3.5 million visitors since its North American debut last year. Skaters can glide across sunflowers and starry night brushstrokes as they take part in a unique and exciting winter experience for all ages through March 13.
Prices range from $16-20, including skate rentals. If you are bringing your own skates, admission is $5. For more information on Maggie Daley Park (337 E. Randolph) and reservations for skating, visit MaggieDaleyPark.com
Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville
This incredibly popular annual outdoor market in both Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville offers traditional German food (bratwurst, pretzels, roasted nuts, chocolate, etc.), drinks and live entertainment.Vendors in this charming, illuminated village sell handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and cuckoo clocks. The market has been a Chicago tradition since 1996 and is influenced by the Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545. Admission is free.
Not only do we recommend a boot-shaped mug of the famous spiced wine at Christkindlmarket, but if you have a larger group, you can reserve a table in the heated tents.
Insider’s tip: Not only do we recommend a boot-shaped mug of their famous spiced wine, but if you have a larger group, you can reserve a table in the heated tents — and even order a food and beverage package in advance through their website. Christkindlmarket Chicago runs through Dec. 24 at 50 W. Washington and through Dec. 31 at Gallagher Way next to Wrigley Field. Visit Christkindlmarket.com for more information.
Russian Tea Time
Russian Tea Time, nestled in the heart of the Loop near the theater district, has been in business for 28 years, offering daily tea service for $34.95 per guest, which includes a pot of tea, beginnings, savories and sweets, as well as a $30 prix-fixe lunch deal Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and a $50 concert menu that includes two courses and wine.
Russian Tea Time specializes in authentic Eastern European dishes with a warm ambiance and house-blended teas. Perfect for the winter are their hearty soups and entrées like meat-filled dumplings, chicken breast Florentine, Moldavian meatballs or their famous “layer” stew. 77 E. Adams. 312-360-0000. RussianTeaTime.com