Most people equate winter to shut-in season. To the contrary: it's ample opportunity to cozy up over the city's finest food and beverage in the most intimate environs with your beau. From sweet treats and piping hot chocolate to outdoor activities and more, look no further than The Peninsula Chicago to take your date night from typical to terrific.
Adjacent to the hotel’s Shanghai Terrace restaurant and four stories above Michigan Avenue, with views of Chicago’s iconic John Hancock building, the 2,100-square-foot outdoor skating rink is open, weather permitting, now through March. All monies collected from skate rentals and the rink’s outdoor dining menu will be donated to two Chicago children’s charities: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Hephzibah Children’s Association. Now in its sixth season, proceeds from the Sky Rink have raised over $105K for both local charities.
The rink is a perfect romantic spot for a date night, especially in the evening, when surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights. Tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in snowflake lighting, the romantic Sky Rink is the site of several marriage proposals each year.
Taking place Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00—10:30 PM, “Chocolate at The Pen” promises sweet satisfaction for those seeking after-dinner indulgences, which features a selection of one- and two-bite elegant chocolate desserts and petite chocolate delicacies. Enjoy our seasonal action station, which this winter is a custom hot chocolate station.
For guests dining in The Lobby or Shanghai Terrace, the "Chocolate at The Pen" experience can be added as the dessert course for half off the regular price.
End the evening with a nightcap at The Bar. Cozy up with one of our rare whiskies, Scotch flights, or martinis next to the fireplace while soaking up the space's intimate atmosphere—the perfect end to a wintry night out.
SWEET GIVEAWAY: The Peninsula Chicago is prepping a gourmet giveaway for Michigan Avenue readers! We're treating a lucky follower to a complimentary chocolate bar experience for two. Check out @michiganavemag to enjoy a Friday or Saturday evening of chocolate desserts, a custom hot chocolate station, and more at Chocolate at The Pen. Terms and conditions apply.
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE PENINSULA CHICAGO