With the Olympics approaching, several venues within the city are getting in the spirit and offering up themed celebrations sans risk of Zika virus. If you aren’t too salty about Chicago losing the 2016 Olympics bid to Rio (thank goodness, right?) or too wrapped up in the Cubs’ current amazing season, we’ve got some Rio 2016/Olympics themed events happening around town for you to mark down in your planners.
Event: Oysters & Olympics
When: August 5 (2 – 7pm)
Where: Pearl Tavern – 180 N Wacker
Description: August 5th is National Oyster Day and it also happens to be the date of the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio! Enjoy cocktail specials and oyster centered menu items all while feeling the Olympic excitement in the air. Make sure to come representing your home country in any way you would like!
Event: Wine Olympics
When: August 5 (6 -8pm)
Where: Stellar Wine Company – 820 West Belmont Avenue
Description: This complimentary tasting is dedicated to all the athletes competing in the Rio Olympics for the next two weeks. Just like wine, sports bring joy, fun and togetherness to our lives, so we are celebrating the start of these games with a lineup that will definitely win you a gold medal with every sip!
Event: 5th Annual Pub Olympics
When: August 14 (1 – 4pm)
Where: Joe’s Bar – 940 West Weed Street
Description: Raise your glasses and join us for the 5th Annual Pub Olympics! The Associate Board Members of Heartland Alliance would like to personally extend this invitation to welcome you for this remarkable evening. Socialize with members of the Associate Board and participants representing Abbott, AON, BMO Harris, Groupon, ICE, KPMG, New York Stock Exchange, The Private Bank, Protiviti, Rush University Medical Center and more. If you arrive alone, we will get you placed on a team. Just come! Excited to announce that our event will be held at Joe’s on Weed Street located near Lincoln Park. Tickets are a $45 donation per person where the purchase includes access to the games which consist of Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Bags and Trivia. Be sure to make your teams of 4-6 people ahead of time (if you have a team)! Ticket purchase also includes a three hour open bar and pizza. 15% of additional food sales will be donated back to Heartland Alliance. Raffle tickets will be available for $5 each or five for $20.
Event: Olympic Party
When: August 21 (1 – 4pm)
Where: Trophy Room – 170 West Ontario Street
Description: Every 4 years, athletes from all over the world get together to participate in the International Olympic games. And this year, 2016, will be in Rio, Brazil. Just as athletes get together to compete, citizens all over the world get together to celebrate and party. And we are going to do our part by throwing an Olympic themed event! Join 100s of people from all over the world as we watch the pageantry of the Olympics, the joy of competition and the final gold medal games. To help us celebrate this fun time, we are going to provide you with amazing party specials!
Event: Lolita Caipirinhas @ Loews Chicago
When: August 5-21
Where: Loews Chicago – 455 N Park Dr
Description: To help guests and locals get in the spirit of competition and of the beachy shores of Rio, the caipirinha cocktails will be available at the city’s largest rooftop, Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago. Her name was Lola. Loews Chicago’s take on Copacabana’s beverage of choice, the Lolita caipirinha is a light and refreshing summer cocktail highlighting notes of lime and sweet cachaca. The Lolita is served up in an adult snow cone.
Event: Summer Olympic Series
When: August 7, 14, & 21 (time varies on class)
Where: varies on class
Description: In celebration of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel (12 S. Michigan Ave.) is proud to announce a weekly Summer Olympic Series kicking off Sunday, August 7. Where the spirit of inclusive athletics and play reign supreme year round, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel invites locals, visitors, and Olympic hopefuls to participate in a series of Olympic-inspired sporting events. The Summer Olympic Series brings the Rio games to the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Stagg Court; the former Athletic Association gym, basketball court and running track was completely transformed into a nearly 4,500-square- foot multipurpose stadium.
~ Written by Leah Pearlman