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Enjoy Cocktails, Ice Sculptures, And Flickering Flames At This Fire & Ice West Loop Winter Pop-Up

By Elliot McGowan

Enjoy Cocktails, Ice Sculptures, And Flickering Flames At This Fire & Ice West Loop Winter Pop-Up

Sip on spectacular cocktails beside the crackle of flames.

In these troubling times, Chicago has rightly knuckled down on what we can and can’t do banning indoor dining to help stop the spread of the virus. In turn, our favorite watering holes and neighborly hotspots have created comfortable and clean outdoor areas with winter solutions to satisfy our social appetite whilst keeping us warm and safe.

Of all these wonderful places, there’s one spot down in West Loop that was already offering the perfect winter hideout and has now raised the bar even higher with its new Fire & Ice Winter Pop-Up. Nestled within 30 shipping containers on a West Loop corner you will find Chicago’s unique Recess, and a cozy amalgamation of bars, food stands, and cabana houses within a 14,500 -square-foot space that holds the title of the largest patio in Chicago.

[Note: Recess has since revamped its patio once again and Sugar Rush Pop-Up: Candy Cocktails, Desserts & More is now taking place for the month of February]

Not only does the eye-catching makeup of this snug sanctuary create an unparalleled vibe, as the largest and most spacious patio in Chicago, it is also one of the safest drinking spots in the city. An arrangement of socially distanced bonfire tables can be found inside the den of containers, and a selection of hot drinks provide extra warmth, but it’s the new Fire & Ice Winter Pop-Up that provides even more reason to make it an essential winter visit.

Ice sculptures and winter photo ops provide a feast for the eyes and the perfect Instagram material whilst fire pit tables, S’mores kits and boozy hot chocolates provide the perfect recipe to enjoy a toasty trip outside. Each ticket to Recess’s Fire & Ice Winter Experience includes a Recess peanut butter boozy hot chocolate, a specialty cocktail, a S’mores kit, and 1-hour admission to view ice sculptures & winter photo ops.

Once you’ve enjoyed the complimentary inclusions you can choose from either the “Fire” or “Ice” specialty cocktails that offer thirst-clenching, mouth-watering winter concoctions to savor beneath the stars.

Peruse the magic of the West Loop winter wonderland before settling down beside the crackle and dance of orange flames and make your way through a selection of sensational cocktails. You’ll quickly realize that amidst the doom and gloom there are still memories to be made.

Practical information

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from January 8 onwards
Ticket for 1: admission, cocktail, smores kit & hot chocolate for $30.00