Nothing says Christmas quite like gliding around a pristine ice rink, hand-in-hand with your date or mates. Encircled by Chicago’s striking skyscrapers and twinkly lights, The Peninsula Sky Rink is an icy white wonderland flanked by pretty illuminated pine trees and cute, colourful log cabins. What makes it even more special though is the lofty location. Set four floors above Michigan Avenue, the jaw-dropping outdoor rink offers wow-worthy views of the iconic John Hancock building and cityscape.
Bathed in snowflake lighting and animated by festive music, this 2,100 square-foot skaters’ paradise is open daily for the winter season. Adjacent to the hotel’s east-meets-west Shanghai Terrace restaurant – if you’re hankering for acclaimed Chinese eats – otherwise, the rink’s heated lounge offers tempting hot dogs, hot choc and warm cider.
Fancy some family fun while also giving back? Then enjoy a Holiday Afternoon Tea in the Xmas tree-decked Lobby, followed by a skate. Commemorate your day with a SnowPage soft toy, all benefitting The Peninsula’s chosen children’s charities.
Couples can get romantic on a December Date Night. Enjoy decadent treats with Chocolate at The Pen (7-10.30pm Fri-Sat, The Lobby, or add it as a dessert after dining at The Lobby or Shanghai Terrace), followed by skating à deux. Afterwards, cosy up by the fire at The Bar with a convivial whisky cocktail – the perfect nightcap. Just say, ‘We do!’
Sky Rink / The Peninsula Chicago / +1 312 337 2888 / chicago.peninsula.com