Enjoy The Winter Olympics in Chicago


One of the main reasons I really love Chicago is there’s never a shortage of things to do. All around the city, businesses are making the city more and more exciting and fun. They even have a way of stretching events out just to get maximum enjoyment, like having a weekend’s worth of Valentine’s Day Specials at a restaurant or having a week of Halloween Parties at a sky lounge at the end of October. And while I’m more of a Summer Olympics type of guy myself, I’m still happy to see that some places are really making an effort to change the way you are viewing the winter games. Instead of sitting on a couch in your pajamas wishing you could compete in one of these wintry sports, you can participate in The Hiltons of Chicago challenge to all locals and visitors to stage your own athletic victories. And if you’re not the active type and more of the bar games type, Howells & Hood and Old Town Pour House have a couple flights for you, inspired by the 2014 Winter Games.

Hiltons of Chicago

(Palmer House, Hilton Chicago, Conrad Chicago)

From February 7-23, 2014, the Hiltons of Chicago will encourage guests to “chill out” and tune in the 2014 Winter Olympics as part of their 2nd annual Chillcation campaign. As sports enthusiasts around the country watch with bated breath to see how many medals the U.S. will take home this year, the Hiltons of Chicago dare locals and visitors to stage their own athletic victories, and document them with photos on Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #chillcationolympics. Whether its cross-country skiing on Northerly Island, figure skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, or bobsleighing in your own back yard, the Hiltons of Chicago want to see your most triumphant, athletic, and patriotic shots. The three most creative Chicago-centric shots will be chosen by the Hiltons of Chicago’s own Chillcation Olympic Judges on February 24, the day after the closing ceremonies, with the individuals who posted the winning photos winning a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medal prize, equating to a three-, two-, or one-night Chillcation getaway, respectively.

Howells & Hood

(435 N. Michigan Ave.)

Executive Chef Scott Walton has created one of the most unique and refined menus on the Magnificent Mile that is effortlessly With 114 different local and global beers served through 360 faucets across three bars, Howells & Hood has one of the most diverse collections of brews in the city. To honor the Olympics, Howells & Hood has put together a flight called “Winter Games” that includes 5 different pours of beer. Olympics Flight FeatureWinter Games (5 pours) $18: Bourgogne Des Flanders- Belgium, Meantime IPA- United KingdomKrombacher Dark- GermanyVandermill Blue Gold- USA, La Fin Du Monde- Canada

Old Town Pour House

(1419 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL)

Old Town Pour House is located in the bustling neighborhood of Old Town and is sure to be an Olympic Game hotspot! While cheering on their favorite athletes, guests will enjoy the Winter Games Flight ($18) including Dale’s Pale Ale; Allagash Black; Lindeman’s Framboise; Dortmunder Gold; and Chainbreaker white IPA.

Old Town Pour House

(8 Oakbrook Ctr., Oakbrook, IL)

Old Town Pour House is an upscale bar and restaurant that prides itself on modern American cuisine and local and global craft beers on tap. This is the perfect atmosphere to watch sports and the upcoming Olympic Games with large flat-screen TVs throughout the restaurant.  Old Town Pour House will be featuring the Winter Games Flight ($18) including Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold; Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale; Greenbush Anger Black IPA; Green Line; and Dark Horse Raspberry Ale.