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‘Outrageous’ Ski Lodge Hot Tub Bar Coming to River North’s ACME Hotel

Sounds like a montage of 80s fun

A hot tub bar is coming to ACME Hotel.
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A downtown Chicago hotel is getting a hot-tub themed bar, the kind of ski lodge guests could retire to after a hard day on the slopes—if there were any slopes near Chicago. Sometime in February, Bunny Slope—a private event bar that requires reservations—will open in the ACME Hotel’s basement in River North. The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group will run Bunny Slope, just like it runs the hotels other two bars, The Berkshire Room and Bodega.


The restaurant group—known for its Fifty/50 bar in Wicker Park, The Sixth in Lincoln Square and Roots Handmade Pizza—admitted they’ve got a rather outrageous idea on their hands. Guests won’t need a time machine to experience a retro decor with snowflake tile floors and log cabin timer walls with a boulder-clad fireplace.

A snowball chandelier will hang above the hot tub. For those who don’t have their swim trunks, they can sit in vintage ski lifts that surround the tub. Vintage skis have been appropriated as bathrobe hangers with robes waiting for guests.

The room’s capacity is 18 people, and again, it’s only available via reservations. Tiki culture leans on giving patrons a chance to escape harsh cold weather. It seems Bunny Slope is giving a Chicago another way to escape. And true enough, Slope bartenders will mix tiki and “ski lodge drinks.”

TimeOut Chicago first mentioned the project.

ACME Hotel Company

15 East Ohio Street, , IL 60611 (312) 894-0800 Visit Website