Plus, butterflies light up Nationwide Children's.
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Today’s Forecast

38º | Cloudy | 10% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 7:53 a.m. | Sunset 5:23 p.m.

🧊 Keeping it cool
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Have a picturesque evening on Lumin’s rooftop. | Photo by @lumincolumbus
Temperatures are dropping, but it’s still cozy on Lumin Sky Bar’s rooftop patio thanks to dining igloos.

The kitchen and bar, which is on the top floor of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown, will offer two different igloos for dining starting on Monday, Nov. 20. We got a sneak peek this week before they officially open, so here are our cold hard facts about the experience.

Big date night energy

These igloos are surprisingly spacious and can hold up to eight people. We recommend getting a group together for an upscale night out on the town. These will book up fast, so we recommend making a reservation ASAP.

There are two experiences to choose from: The Ice Igloo and the Fire Igloo. Both offer the same menu, but each are decorated to their specific element. We loved the winter wonderland feeling of the Ice Igloo, and the Fire Igloo glows red for the perfect moody lighting.

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You can also sit near a fire at Lumin. | Photo via @lumincolumbus

Make a plate

With a wide variety of appetizers and tapas, we recommend snacking your way through the menu. This could mean passing around various dips, like harrisa buffalo chicken dip, butternut squash hummus with cranberries, or spinach dip with fried pita.

Plus, plenty of shareable seafood options hit the tapas menu, including fresh fried calamari and ahi ahi nachos with house-made wontons.

Grab a drink (or two)

The igloos are booked in two-hour time blocks, so make the most of it with a bottle of wine. There are plenty of options, both red and white, for less than $60.

On the other hand, the menu also features craft cocktails that are hard to pass. We started with the Buffalo Trace old fashioned and ended with the Merry Margarita (‘tis the season).
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Shimmer Lake | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Pinot’s Palette, 691 N. High St., Short North | $42 | This expert-led class will teach you how to use metallic paints to create a lake portrait.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • “The Twilight” Saga Trivia | Saturday. Nov. 18 | 8-10 p.m. | Sotta Terra, 610 Neil Ave., Columbus | $15 | Create a team to answer questions about this hit romance trilogy.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Open James with Matt Jones | Monday, Nov. 20 | 9 p.m. | Eldorado’s Bar, 4968 N. High St., Graceland | Free | Sip local beers and cocktails while listening to the sounds of this local musician.
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News Notes
  • 210,000. That’s how many departing airline seats are scheduled at John Glenn International Airport for Thanksgiving travel. Peak travel days are Tuesday, Nov. 21 + Monday, Nov. 27, according to CMH stats. Use our airport guide for travel tips.
Try This
  • Not all holiday events are about cheer and joy — just visit Krampus: A Haunted Christmas Experience. This horror-themed walkthrough will take over Fear Columbus from Friday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 10 + Friday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 17. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Plan Ahead
  • Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, a festival dedicated to cartoons, illustrations, and comic strips, is returning to the city at TK for its 10th year. The five-day festival is on Sept. 25-Sept. 29, 2024.
  • Have you ever watched the sun set from the rooftop bar at Stories on High? The bar and restaurant now offers a special “Sunset Menu” from 4-6 p.m. each day with discounts on small plates + select cocktails, wines, and beers.
  • Chick’nCone, a viral chicken and waffle restaurant, has shuttered its Westerville location. The shop previously closed in September for repairs, but now an “available” real estate sign is in the window. (614now)
  • The Board of Trustees approved a new price scale for Ohio State football tickets in 2024. Certain games, such as the Michigan game, will see a $50+ pay hike. (NBC4)
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🦋 The butterfly effect
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These butterflies are visible to pediatric patients + their families. | Photo via Nationwide Children’s Hospital
As the holidays approach, a local tradition + spectacle is lighting up Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life is a campaign where dozens of large butterfly displays flocked their way onto the lawn. Whenever a $10+ donation is made, these butterflies light up, giving pediatric patients and families a unique light show.

Donations can be made online, and they will be accepted until Sunday, Dec. 31. Here are added perks for patients and staff:
  • $100: A blue butterfly pillow and cheer card will be delivered to one patient.
  • $500: Five blue butterfly pillows and cheer cards will be delivered to five patients.
  • $1,000: Sponsor an 18-inch blue butterfly table and have a sweet treat basket delivered to a staff workstation.
Nationwide Children’s CEO Tim Robinson said donations will be used to support the life-saving work. And, he hopes they add some extra holiday cheer.
The Buy
A great deal from Amazon’s Black Friday sales, which officially start today. Get 40% off Adidas running shoes or 20% off Martha Stewart cotton sheets.
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Happy Friday, CBUS. What’s your “I made it to Friday” treat? Lately, I’ve been grabbing a sandwich from Frenchi’s Deli. The ingredients are so fresh, and the owner couldn’t be nicer.
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