From sky-high ice rinks to rooftop winter wonderlands, with Chicago’s unforgiving winter hinting at its imminent arrival, the city’s many rooftops have begun reinventing themselves with all kinds of wonderful winter solutions.
The Gwen Hotel, however, has its own unique way of combating the weather with a different whimsical experience each year combining winter sport and complimentary cocktails.
For the fifth year running, the Gwen Hotel has kitted out its Art Deco-inspired rooftop retreat with not igloos, not ice skating, but an outdoor curling rink high in the sky.
With the hotel’s annual Curling & Cocktails experience now back, up 1o 12 guests can hold their own winter games on the lavish rooftop’s artificial 8’ x 32’ rink all through winter until early March.
Reservations are available on the hour and feature 50 min of curling with a complimentary cocktail and bites for each registered guest meaning you can sip away on your favorite tipple while battling your buddies.
For those who are less familiar with the sport, curling is a team game, originally from Scotland, in which players use their finesse and accuracy to slide stones on a sheet of ice toward a target.
It’s perfect for winter socializing as those who await their turn can watch on with a cocktail in hand.
Note that the Curling Rink is situated outside on Gwen’s luxury rooftop terrace so guests should bundle up before facing the winter weather and be prepared for potentially slippery surfaces.
[Featured image courtesy of the Gwen Hotel]