Chicago - Maggie Daley Park Ice Ribbon

Winter in Chicago may be cold, but thanks to the ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park, it’s a lot more fun. Incorporating feedback from the surrounding community, the ice ribbon has become an integral part of transforming Daley Bicentennial Plaza into an accessible destination on the Chicago lakefront. CenTrio’s ice-based cooling system helps produce and continues to maintain the ribbon's ice when the rink is in season from November through early spring.

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Industry Challenge

As it was conceived to be an accessible, public-friendly space with ample room for recreational activities, park developers had the challenge of locating - and hiding - large cooling towers among a grove of evergreen trees, and mitigating the noise and vibration as a result of the large equipment.

CenTrio Solution

CenTrio was able to extend its piping network east along Randolph Street and connect the Maggie Daley Park into its system. The Park now uses CenTrio’s chilled water to create and maintain the ice ribbon. This configuration made it possible to retain the integrity of the natural surroundings, including the quarter mile skating loop that runs through a grove of evergreens, without designating large amounts of space to cooling towers. 

Value Delivered

The end result has been a park that both locals and tourists enjoy, with enticing natural views and an energy-efficient source of continuous chilled water for the ice ribbon.

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