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Curling at Upstairs at the Gwen

4.0
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49 Reviews
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Upstairs at the Gwen Terrace, features seasonal Curling! Reservations are available in 45-minute intervals, and features one of our Signature Curling Cocktails for each registered guest! Groups are capped to 6 people on the rink at a given time. For larger parties please use our large party inquiry link on this page.

The rink is non-traditional rink (ie: not made of ice) and measures 8’ x 32’. You can enjoy the game with eight (x8) granite stones and/or eight (x8) “pro” stones, which are smaller and lighter.

Our full Upstairs at The Gwen Menu is available during your experience!

Make the most out of Winter, and enjoy Curling + Cocktails in the heart of the city!

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Menu

Starters

Additions: Chicken $5, Shrimp $8, Salmon* $7

  • White Bean Hummus$9.00

    roasted peppers, confit garlic, grilled pita

    • Today's Soup$8.00

      • Jonah Crab$16.00

        tajin butter, lime crema, cotija, cornbread

        • Smoked Cauliflower$9.00

          hazelnut tahini, curried sultanas, capers

          • Pork Belly Sliders$10.00

            white bean spread, roasted garlic, brioche

            • Baked Brie$14.00

              candied pecans, apple & cranberry jam, fruit & nut bread

              • Caesar Salad$12.00

                gem lettuce, overnight tomatoes, parmesan, white anchovies, herb croutons

                • Baby Kale Salad$14.00

                  smoked chicken, tomatoes, bacon, onion, blue cheese, red wine vinaigrette

                  • Gwen's Salad$14.00

                    field greens, avocado, beans, radishes, grilled scallions, fried goat cheese, poblano ranch dressing

                    The Gwen Lunchbox

                    • The Gwen Lunchbox$25.00

                      choice of sandwich, today's soup, mexican chocolate cake

                      Sandwiches & Flatbreads

                      • Avocado Toast Grilled Cheese$15.00

                        raclette, gruyère, pickled onion, queso fresco, olive bread

                        • Roasted Turkey Cuban$15.00

                          smoked ham, swiss, pickles, dijonnaise

                          • The Gwen Burger*$16.00

                            slagel family beef, white cheddar, bacon, secret sauce, lto

                            • Fried Green Tomato & Burrata$15.00

                              nduja aioli, arugula, balsamic, sesame bread

                              • Duck Confit Panini$17.00

                                spicy slaw, miso mayo, cilantro

                                • Burrata Flatbread$12.00

                                  marinated cherry tomatoes, basil

                                  • Bacon Flatbread$14.00

                                    mozzarella, pickled peppers, arugula

                                    Mains

                                    • Bucatini$16.00

                                      cacio e pepe, burrata, arugula

                                      • Slagel Family Farm Chicken Breast$22.00

                                        leg confit, bluebird farro, delicata, mascarpone, upland cress, natural jus

                                        • Grilled Skirt Steak*$26.00

                                          fingerling potato tostones, salsa verde, shishitos and pickled sofrito

                                          • Pan-Roasted Salmon*$24.00

                                            roasted mushrooms, snow peas, bok choy, warm miso vinaigrette

                                            Sweets

                                            • Buttermilk Tart$8.00

                                              blueberries, malted whipped cream

                                              • Seasonal Cobbler$8.00

                                                vanilla ice cream, granola crumble

                                                • Mexican Chocolate Cake$8.00

                                                  mole ganache, sesame brittle, crème fraiche

                                                  • Gelato & Sorbet$8.00

                                                    daily selections

                                                    For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                    What 49 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    4.0
                                                    4.0 based on all time ratings
                                                    • 3.9Food
                                                    • 4.0Service
                                                    • 4.4Ambience
                                                    • 3.7Value

                                                    NoiseQuiet

                                                    49% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                    1. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 4, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We booked onllin

                                                    2. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      St. Louis

                                                      1 review

                                                      vip
                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 2, 2020

                                                      overall2food1service1ambience3

                                                      Broken curling stones

                                                    3. TK

                                                      TanyaK

                                                      Chicago

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 21, 2019

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                      Was really disappointed at the happy hour & poor service of our server & the curling host. No one seemed to know what happy hour specials were, a couple of us tried calling & it seemed to be a secret for some reason. Service was slow & other people were nice enough to drop food, drinks off. The host who walked us over to the curling area had an attitude and was not friendly. The server was nice but was very slow and we were done curling by the time she brought the other two drinks she forgot about. Curling itself as disappointing as they’re on wheels & not true curling on ice.

                                                    4. SW

                                                      SeanW

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 18, 2019

                                                      overall3food4service2ambience5

                                                      Fun experience overall. Had a good group that made it work! However was disappointed and concerned on lack of attention or taking care of the basic upkeep of the curling stones. A few of the stones were impossible to use as they would quickly turn off course as soon as they were rolled down the curling lane. Service was ok, but had to go inside the restaurant multiple times to find ask the server to come out to the area.

                                                    5. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 14, 2019

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                      Curling was a fun time!!! It’s a beautiful space.

                                                    6. JA

                                                      JennyA

                                                      Minneapolis

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 13, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Curling was fun! Something we’ve never done before. It’s not “real” curling but makes for a fun date night. I highly encourage you check it out next time you’re in Chicago!

                                                    7. JM

                                                      JoeM

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 8, 2019

                                                      overall3food4service3ambience5

                                                      We had a great time. The curling rink itself was just ok, majority of the stones were bad and would just curve right each throw. It’s unbelievable to me that there are no heaters at the throwing spot for the curling either. How is that possible? I realize it’s December and it’s cold but the outside heaters did nothing and the fire pit gave off zero heat. Waitress was very slow. Was only able to order one drink before our hour was up. But still fun, great setting but things that can definitely be improved.

                                                    8. VB

                                                      VicBlack

                                                      Pittsburgh

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 6, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Who wouldn’t like some outdoor fun on a rooftop and lunch in a warming hut— great for all ages and abilities. Perfect shopping break when strolling the Mag Mile.

                                                    9. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 30, 2019

                                                      overall2food3service4ambience3

                                                      Curling part was awful, it’s not even real ice

                                                    10. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 4, 2019

                                                      overall2food3service4ambience4

                                                      It was fun, but not worth it. The curling was slanted, so the stones went to the same corner every time, no matter how fast/slow/where you threw them. The drink my boyfriend and I got was supposed to be a "hot toddy", but was really just a tea bag with a splash of liquor. Definitely not worth the $16 (luckily the drink it included in the price of curling). It was a fine evening, but there are much for worth it, fun things to do in Chicago.

                                                    11. KC

                                                      KeriC

                                                      Charleston

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 17, 2019

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                      Awesome time curling ! Beautiful winter Morning with warm cidar!

                                                    12. c

                                                      cathys

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 17, 2019

                                                      overall3food5service3ambience5

                                                      The atmosphere at The Gwen upstairs was magical, the curling was not worth the money. Next time I would just get a drink on the roof top and skip the curling. Unfortunately the wheels that you use to curl were not working; not really fun if you can't get it to slide properly.

                                                    13. TH

                                                      TaylorH

                                                      Chicago

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Such a fun, cute date idea! Beautiful rooftop, delicious drinks. Bar inside is great ambiance, as well!

                                                    14. CE

                                                      CES2019

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 27, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We had so much fun and everyone at the Gwen who helped us was super nice and helpful.

                                                    15. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 19, 2019

                                                      overall3food4service3ambience5

                                                      Great ambiance. Friendly servers, however it took an hour from order until service, to get two rounds of drinks.

                                                    16. R

                                                      Rhines44

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 12, 2019

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                      Place is nice, but the curling is a waste of time, money and patience. The rocks are on wheels and not kept in great shape. They're all like a shopping cart with one janky wheel and impossible to control spin or speed. If it were free, go for it.

                                                    17. I

                                                      llllIl

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      2.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 6, 2019

                                                      overall2food5service5ambience5

                                                      The curling stones were terrible and wouldn't roll straight on their casters.

                                                    18. N

                                                      Nash

                                                      Chicago

                                                      33 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      2.0

                                                      33 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 6, 2019

                                                      overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                      A group of us came to Upstairs at The Gwen to curl and brunch. We started with curling, which included a drink in the curling cost, but truthfully wasn't worth it. The rocks to toss were broken, which made the game a lot less interesting. We then went inside for brunch, where it took 25 minutes for a server to give us menus. Once we ordered it took 45 minutes for them to bring us our meals, all which were cold and one which was missing (later came out very hot and within 10 minutes). The plus side is that the group of friends were great company, they had TVs to watch football, and the management was very understanding of the difficulties we had while dining. We may never know what was happening in their kitchen or with their wait staff, but we hope it's an area in which they can improve.

                                                    19. SM

                                                      SaraM

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 6, 2019

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                      We only did the one cocktail and curling at the Gwen. Just as the reviews say service was very slow but the waiter was very friendly. They double charged us and were very quick to fix the error. The curling is fun but not at all real the curling disks are on wheels and many are broken in they just kind of spin whichever way they want. We had a group of 6 ppl and got charged a large party fee which was the gratuity way more than we would of tip due to slow service. I’ll say it was enjoyable but I don’t need to do it again and it wasn’t worth the price. I rather go to royal plam in wicker or Kiser tiger in west loop for curling and shuffle board.

                                                    20. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      vip
                                                      1.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 5, 2019

                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                      Terrible experience, not worth it at all. Poor drinks. Poor "curling"

                                                    21. D

                                                      Debbie

                                                      San Diego

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 30, 2018

                                                      overall5foodservice5ambience5

                                                      We had cocktails and played curling. There were a total of 12 of us with 4 curling. It was snowing and we weren't sure we would be able to play, but they were so accommodating and cleared off the area. Great service and we had a great time.

                                                    22. JV

                                                      JessicaV

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 29, 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We booked this for our family staycation in the city, and we had a blast! Highly recommend. Our server made sure we had drinks and even offered to bring blankets if anyone was too cold.

                                                    23. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 24, 2018

                                                      overall2food3service5ambience5

                                                      The curling doesn’t work. Pieces fly to the sides. Could be awesome.

                                                    24. A

                                                      Angelica

                                                      Nashville

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 22, 2018

                                                      overall3food4service3ambience5

                                                      Great atmosphere and drinks! Was misinformed about the curling and accommodations for large parties despite several phone calls prior, which was an inconvenience however we made the best of it. Management did not do much to accommodate. Loved the heat lamps, ability to sit outside and not freeze in the middle of Chicago winter! They had blankets, too!

                                                    25. S

                                                      Shono

                                                      Columbus

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 16, 2018

                                                      overall5food5service2ambience5

                                                      I came with family who was visiting for a birthday. The atmosphere was awesome and we had fun curling. The only downfall was the service was terrible. Took forever to get any food or drinks. I would definitely recommend though.

                                                    26. MS

                                                      MarkS

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      1.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 15, 2018

                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                      Really terrible experience. Some of the important bits of information were buried in the description of this event. The curling wasn't even on ice, it was on a plastic floor, and it was right by the door so people kept walking through it. When we arrived the staff seemed very confused about our reservation. I also wasn't aware that it was $25 a person. It says that in the description, but again, it's buried and only stated once. When we brought this up to the staff, the manager was so rude, and basically called us out for not knowing this. There was no effort to change our minds or improve our experience. I would never go back here, and I will make recos to friends to never go here as well.

                                                    27. C

                                                      Cory

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 14, 2018

                                                      overall2food5service2ambience4

                                                      The food and drinks were great. The service was lacking and slow. The curling is more of a gimmick than the real thing- the stones have wheels underneath. They also told us that we would get to hang out in the hut when we made the reservation, but when we got there said that that part wasn’t included. My recommendation is to go for the food and drinks only. Maybe sitting at the bar would garner better service?

                                                    28. h

                                                      hard2please

                                                      Indiana

                                                      28 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      28 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 10, 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great tine

                                                    29. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                      Cool rooftop with below average service and one curling lane that has not been maintained. Half of the “stones” were broken and the actual lane is just a plastic sheet. Underwhelming experience.

                                                    30. S

                                                      Skylar

                                                      Salt Lake City

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      1.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                      overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                      NOT curling. No ice and the wheeled stones were terrible. Not worth $25 and the drinks were slow. Once they arrived they were quite tasty though!

                                                    31. JK

                                                      JohnK

                                                      1 review

                                                      1.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 8, 2018

                                                      overall1food2service1ambience4

                                                      The service was exceptionally slow. When at a bar like this with crafted cocktails you expect a longer wait time, but it took over 15 minuets for each drink ordered, including beers and wine. Though it was a Saturday it did not seem extra busy. The service staff also seemed rather large.

                                                    32. KO

                                                      KathyO

                                                      Chicago

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 6, 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The Curling at the Gwen was great fun. The service was excellent. A great way to get in to the Christmas spirit. Be sure to take a picture with the pink Moose!!!

                                                    33. C

                                                      Courtney

                                                      Denver

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 5, 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Service was outstanding. Super accommodating.

                                                    34. VB

                                                      VicBlack

                                                      Pittsburgh

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 3, 2018

                                                      overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                      We just did the curling and a flatbread. Eating in the cabin was an escape to Colorado in the city. All the hot drinks were delicious and well crafted! We had a blast and went twice in one week with different friends. What a shopping break! Do it!

                                                    35. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 23, 2018

                                                      overall5food3service3ambience5

                                                      Curling was fun but hot chocolate was $16!!!

                                                    36. RW

                                                      RyanW

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 16, 2018

                                                      overall3food5service4ambience3

                                                      Was lured by curling but was met by curling stones on wheels. The "rink" and the stones had seen better days. That being said the food was excellent and the service was quite good. More of a gag than anything else.

                                                    37. m

                                                      medicfoodie

                                                      Chicago

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 16, 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Curling was so much fun! Nolan came out to help us learn the game and give us some pointers. Angel and Mimi were so welcoming and made some delicious drinks!

                                                    38. JH

                                                      JuliaH

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2018

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      Lots of fun and great for a date night

                                                    39. KH

                                                      KristinH

                                                      Chicago

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 28, 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      It was fun! There were only a few people out enjoying the deck area, but the heaters kept us cozy and the service was very attentive.

                                                    40. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      1.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 27, 2018

                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                      The reservation made clearly states 5:45pm. I arrive and was told that there was another reservation at 6pm, so if we wanted to proceed that we would only be able to use the table for 15 minutes. When I asked why they would have reservations less than the time slotted for use, they had no answer. Disappointing.

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