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This West Loop restaurant is building a 400-pound ice igloo for outdoor dining

What's cooler than being cool?

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Though outdoor dining is currently allowed in Chicago, the blustery, snowy forecast has drastically limited our options. But if you are willing to brave the cold to eat and drink outside, you might as well go all in. The folks at PB&J in the West Loop have just the thing: a life-size igloo made from 400 pounds of fresh ice.

The frozen dome will be installed outside of 205 N Peoria Street from January 29 through February 14 (or until a warm front rolls through Chicago). It's just one element of the restaurant's "ice bar" experience, which will take over the entire outdoor area and offer guests an interactive alfresco dining destination. Visitors will be able to order from the regular food and drink menu, which includes loaded pizzas, stacked sandwiches and craft cocktails. We have a feeling that the specialty ice shots will be a big hit, too—just be sure to wear gloves if you want to indulge.

PB&J will be taking reservations through OpenTable, but walk-in guests are welcome, too. If it's been a while since you've dined out, remember to limit your party size to six people, wear a mask and keep your distance from other parties.

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