Tavern at the Park is an ideal holiday destination -- its comfortable, clubby atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, plus the restaurant and bar overlooks Millennium Park's ice skating rink and various winter festivities. Another icon of Millennium Park, the fabulously reflective Cloud Gate sculpture, has inspired a clever cocktail (and luxurious gift with purchase) at Tavern at the Park.
Order up the "Cloud Gate" for that special someone and get ready for a barrage of oohs and aahs. The concoction (a blend of Grey Goose La Poire vodka and champagne served in a martini glass rimmed with edible silver) is accompanied by what every woman wants for a gift -- that little blue box. Inside, she'll find a classic Elsa Peretti "Bean" pendant necklace that memorably plays off of the sculpture outside. The "Cloud Gate" cocktail (plus necklace!) is $199.
Other festively named new cocktails at Tavern at the Park include "Grandma's Chocolate Judo Chop" (hot chocolate with Grand Marnier and Hungarian paprika, $12) and "Mint Condition, Part II" (an updated version of the popular original, with Effen Raspberry vodka, Cointreau, muddled raspberries and mint, and soda water, $11).