Pendry Chicago, the luxury boutique hotel on the city’s Magnificent Mile, announced the unveiling of the hotel’s all-new pop-up Winter Garden. The rooftop rosé destination Château Carbide underwent a seasonal transformation into a Winter Garden escape, perfect for relishing in the stunning city views from the comfort of one of the private, urban winter lodges. Located 24 stories up in the historic gold-domed Carbide & Carbon building, the space features roaring personal fireplaces and cozy plush seating where guests can enjoy a menu of winter-inspired light bites, as well as seasonal craft cocktails in collaboration with the award-winning sparkling mixer brand, Fever-Tree. Whether you’re checking out the festive Millennium Park Christmas tree, looking for a warm-up spot after Christkindlmarket, or just want to observe a snow-topped city skyline, Château Carbide’s Winter Garden will be the go-to spot this winter season in downtown Chicago.
Guests are greeted with both indoor and outdoor seating accommodations, perfect for warming up on chilly winter evenings. The open-air rooftop features chalet-inspired, three-walled wooden lodges adorned with twinkling lights, pine garlands and framed imagery of snow-dusted Chicago cityscapes. Guests can gather around a fireplace and curl up under luxe blankets on plush seating for parties of up to six within each private lodge. Indoors, festive greenery spreads across the room, and guests can relax in comfortable booths and banquettes while dining under glitzy chandeliers and candlelight.
Curated by Pendry’s Beverage Manager, Jeremiah Duncan, the seasonal menu offers a winter-focused selection of craft cocktails ranging from warming hot sippers to cold, festive drink options. Standouts include the warm Ski In, Ski Out, a Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey-based libation, with fruity and floral Earl Grey-Infused Hot Apple Cider, a bit of amaretto and a dash of Angostura bitters, topped with torched cinnamon and an orange peel; the Mission Statement, an orange-centric sipper crafted using Hennessey VSOP Cognac and citrusy Cointreau, Whiskey barrel-aged bitters, sweetened with caramelized fig, and topped with a Burnt Lemon Peel; and the Dove Story, a winter-spin on a classic Paloma, with crisp Fever Tree grapefruit soda, sweet rose syrup and a bit of habanero tincture for some heat.
Château Carbide’s food menu features small bites crafted by Executive Chef Jeffery Vucko which focuses on elevated winter snacks such as Deviled Eggs topped with black truffle and chives; Wagyu Beef tartare with black garlic, fig, anchovies, and gherkins atop a seeded cracker; and popcorn tins from local purveyor Berco’s dusted with white truffle, white cheddar, and salted caramel. Those with a sweet tooth will be able to enjoy festive selections like a S’mores trio of house-made marshmallows on graham crackers drizzled with dark chocolate and salted caramel; Candied Pecans with cinnamon, clove, and cranberries; and Cocoa Madeleines served with fresh mint.