Posts Tagged ‘millennium park’

Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

Despite growing up in rural Indiana with a pond 200 yards from my front door, the first time I ice skated was when I was 15 and visiting family in Colorado. The second time was shortly after I moved to Chicago and visited the then-new Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink. The third time was Friday.

Every winter I think it’s a shame that I hadn’t gone the year before, and every year come April I realize I’ve missed it again, so when fellow street team-er & Mix DJ Cara Carriveau invited me to go skating with her I just had to accept.

Amazingly we escaped bruise-free, and here’s how you can enjoy one of Chicago’s fun winter activities with bum – and ego – intact.

  1. Get on the ice shortly before they’re going to resurface it. It’ll be all bumpy and craggy and you can’t do much more than shuffle along.
  2. Sit down and congratulate yourselves on circling the rink a couple of times without a) falling down and b) tripping one of those show-off skaters that’s at least 20 years younger.
  3. Watch the Olympia (not a Zamboni, I learned) bring the ice to a shiny, glass-smooth surface.
  4. Watch while those show-off skaters who are 20 years younger scuff up the ice enough that you don’t step on it and slide all the way to Michigan Avenue.
  5. Step back out into the rink and glide atop the smooth-but-not-slick surface until you can almost do a roller-rink style crossover at the turns.
  6. Quit while you’re ahead.

When Theresa isn’t keeping her bum and ego bruise-free, she’s writing about all the fun things to do in Chicago on The Local Tourist.

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

Much to my delight and surprise, I found myself to be the current “Featured NBC Chicago Street Teamer”! After such an exciting, bustling and fantastic Chicago Holiday season, I feel as though the gifts just keep on coming!

I also realized that in the midst of all the excitement, there were TWO holiday videos that I never actually posted on this site. I know, I know… and I’m sorry. Please forgive Santa.

Due to the “Santa-Clause-y” nature of the videos, I wondered if the time had passed and it was too late to post… BUT THEN I thought, “What would Santa do?”

So, “bada-bing, bada-boom”… here you go. Please enjoy Santa dancing at the Go Green event and ice skating in Millennium Park.

Find more fun and silly videos at JenChicago.com!

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Janelle Rominski, NBC Chicago Street Team

I joined other Chicagoland zombie enthusiasts on Sunday for the first annual “Zombies On Ice” event at the Millennium Park ice rink.

The host of this event, Kitty Zombie, partnered with ChicagoZombie.com and was hoping to break a world record for the most zombies ice skating at one time.

dscn6751The record was not broken, but there were over 150 zombies from near and far who participated in the event.

There were zombies who live in Chicago and some who traveled from Winnetka, Lockport and even Kenosha, Wisconsin.

You’re never too old or too young to be a zombie either. We had zombies in their 40’s, 30’s, 20’s, teens, an 8-year-old and even two little 6-year-old zombie girls.

As a Halloween and horror fanatic, I jumped at the chance to join other like-minded Chicago-area people to become a zombie on ice and to possibly take part in a new world record.

This event was a great experience. “Zombies On Ice” was much more than just ice skating in makeup and gnarly clothes. It turned out to be a day full of fun, excitement and camaraderie.

To check out photos of the event, click HERE.

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

Some of the same reasons that I moved to Chicago are the same reasons that I think it would be pretty sweet to have the 2016 Olympics here! And Millennium Park is one of my most favorite things EVER!

What do YOU love about Chicago?

Videography by Courtney Hannibal.

See more video at JenChicago.com

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The Local Tourist, NBC5 Street Team

“Gigantic, willful, young, Chicago sitteth at the northwest gates.”
William Vaughn Moody “An Ode in Time of Hesitation,” 1901

Chicago skylinDowntown Chicago can often seem like a grown-up playground. For example, this weekend there’s Ale Fest at Navy Pier, which for beer lovers is like being a kid in a candy store. The Windy City Corn Hole Classic brings the sidewalk and backyard game that involves throwing corn bags into corn holes to Soldier Field. You can even ride your bike after “curfew” with the 20th Annual L.A.T.E. Ride. Instead of getting in trouble for getting in just before dawn, you’ll get breakfast with a smile.

There’s also a lot to do for real kids. You know, the ones who need naps and get excited about stickers and bubbles and baby pigs and squeal with delight when they get excited. This weekend you can hear lots of that happy laughter as they make wire sculptures and go crazy painting at the Museum of Contemporary Art (who hasn’t heard a child say after seeing an abstract work “I can do that!”?) or see a puppet show in Millennium Park set to Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition”. They’ll also love taking a dog on a cruise or making something to wear out of a paper bag.

For even more ways to act like a kid, no matter how old you are, check out the events calendar. Now go out there and play!


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