7 Chicago Spots for Celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics

By Haley Glazer | February 6, 2018 | Food & Drink

While the Olympics may be in Pyeongchang this winter, these 7 Chicago spots are bringing all of the fun and excitement of the Winter Games to the Windy City—without the 14-hour flight.

Go curling at The Gwen


Photo by Kailley Lindman

Try your hand at an Olympic sport at The Gwen’s Lux Curling Cabin, where staff will be on-site to provide hands-on instruction in one of the Olympics’ most peculiar sports. Cocktails, Korean-inspired delicacies (think: octopus and kimchi croquettes) and a live performance from DJ J. Stereo are sure to entertain the less athletically inclined attendants. $30 per person, Sat., Feb. 10 and Sun., Feb. 25, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm, 521 N. Rush St., 312.645.1500

Toast Team USA at Joy District


Photo by Adam Sokolowski

Celebrate the 23rd Winter Olympic Games with 23% off your entire food and drink bill at this vibrant River North hotspot. Whether you’re grabbing dinner with friends or finishing the night with a cocktail, Joy District’s exclusive deal is not to be missed. Fri., Feb. 9 through Sun., Feb. 25, 112 W. Hubbard St., 312.955.0399

Hit the slopes at J. Parker


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Relax on a rooftop in the dead of winter while enjoying ice luges, shotskis, live music, free-flowing libations (including Bloody Mary and hot chocolate bars), and, of course, a live showing of the Olympics, at the J. Parker Après Ski Party. Stay warm with blanket service and space heaters, to (ski) boot. Free event, not ticketed. Sun., Feb. 11, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm, 1816 N. Clark St., 13th Fl., 312.254.4747

Go for the gold at Cold Storage


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Win a mouth-watering "medal" without moving a mussel at Cold Storage’s Oyster Olympics. For the duration of the Winter Olympics, guests who order the 100th, 200th, or 300th oyster of the night at this Fulton Market eatery will receive the crustaceans complimentary, along with a bronze-, silver-, or gold-painted oyster shell. Fri., Feb. 9 through Sun., Feb. 25., 1000 W. Fulton Market, 312.638.6280

Dig into inspired fare at urbanbelly & bellyq


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In celebration of the Opening Ceremony, urbanbelly is plating “Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken” at both its West Loop and Wicker Park locations. Hop over to chef Bill Kim’s other outpost, bellyQ, for modern Asian barbecue and primetime Olympic viewing. Fri., Feb. 9., urbanbelly West Loop: 1400 W. Randolph St., 773.583.0500; urbanbelly Wicker Park: 1542 N. Damen Ave., 773.904.8606; bellyQ: 1400 W. Randolph St., 312.563.1010

Enjoy specialty sushi at Sunda


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Hip River North Asian fusion spot Sunda is rolling out a new dish in celebration of the Winter Olympics. The “Seoul Roll” features traditional Korean ingredients, such as kalbi, kimchi and pickled daikon, with an Olympic twist: each piece of sushi is topped with gold flakes as a nod to gold medals. At $15, the roll costs markedly less than a ticket to South Korea. Fri., Feb. 9 through Fri., Feb. 16, 110 W. Illinois St., 312.644.0500

Cheer(s) at Celeste

Photo by Kohl Murdock

A swanky take on the classic American drinking establishment, Hubbard Street staple Celeste is serving up three floors of cocktails, wine, beer and late-night bites all throughout the Olympics. Watch the Winter Games on one of the 4 TVs in the first floor pub area, and, during cocktail hour (Tuesday through Friday, 5:00pm-8:00pm), enjoy a house cocktail and select dishes for just $8. 111 W. Hubbard St., 312.828.9000

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