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The Peninsula Chicago Has A Surprise In Store For Guests This Month

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December 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM | by | ()

’Tis the season to believe in magically appearing hotel amenities that pop up where you least expect them. For example, a new 2,100-square-foot ice skating rink that's going up this month on top of The Peninsula Chicago. The rink, which will be built on the rooftop (pictured above), is scheduled to debut within the next week.

Believe it, friends, believe.

A source at The Peninsula shared that the new rink will offer hot cocoa and German-inspired snacks and treats, like mulled wine, cider, warm nuts and pretzels. The only downside? The ice rink will only be available exclusively to hotel guests. Which may cause a few temper tantrums, but we think it's a smart move to allow guests a joyous skating experience, minus the crowds (if you’ve been to Chicago’s Millennium Park skate rink, then you know what we mean).

Looking down at the rooftop from inside the grand Lobby restaurant, the entire scene feels like a stroke of festive genius. Not only because the well-enclosed rooftop might actually make a fab rink (no fear of gliding over the edge), but also because the stunning Lobby is even more spectacular during Christmas.

Inside, a massive Christmas tree stands in the middle of the room, huge wreaths hang in tiers along floor-to-ceiling windows, and there's even a live string quartet playing from up high in a balcony.

It's a beautiful sight, warm and aglow with holiday spirit, and way better than anything you might see at Chicago’s touristy Walnut Room. So, of course, why not put a rooftop ice rink outside just in time for the season, too?

We’ll be back with an update once the rink is on and in full effect. In the meantime, we found rates at The Peninsula Chicago starting at $395/night. Not bad when you consider all the added Holiday umpf.

[Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn]

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