Chicago’s landscape is constantly changing, with exciting new venues, hotels and restaurants seemingly popping up on a daily basis. Check out these spots that range from cutting-edge event spaces to hip hotels in hot Chicago neighborhoods and restaurants helmed by critically acclaimed chefs. › VENUES Revel Motor Row, located in a renovated historic building in Chicago’s Motor Row District near McCormick Place, offers 50,000 square feet of event space that’s made up of more than 20 versatile rooms. Some of the most unique spaces include a 4,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard that links to the adjacent 3,000-square-foot former Cadillac showroom, called The Garage at Revel Motor Row. Revel Motor Row accommodates 2,600 for a full venue reception. Round the Table Hospitality (which includes Blue Plate Catering) opened Larkin Hall, an 80,000-square-foot, three-story building in the Fulton Market District that offers a test kitchen and three tasting rooms that can be converted into breakout rooms, multiple private event spaces that include a glass-enclosed rooftop, plus a conference and training center. The new American Airlines Conference Center opened right next to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Rent the entire space or book a smaller meeting in one of the baseball-themed rooms, including the Home Plate Club, which features a secondfloor outdoor terrace with a panoramic view of Wrigley Field and the Chicago skyline. The revamped historic Theater on the Lake, formerly a summer-only venue, now includes a 330-seat main theater and two event spaces with access to a lakefront terrace. Acclaimed Chicago chef Cleetus Friedman has been chosen to helm its 125-seat, farm-centric Lakefront restaurant, which can host private dinners and features a 100-seat patio with breathtaking skyline views. The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare is an exciting new year-round theater venue at Navy Pier. The unique crescent-shaped theater design is made up of mobile towers that can be configured into a variety of shapes and sizes, accommodating audiences ranging from 150-850 people. The Yard joins Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s other two venues: a 500-seat, courtyard-style theater and the 200-seat Theater Upstairs. The American Writers Museum (the first of its kind in the nation) is a lively, interactive showcase that shares the personal tales and literary works of some of America’s best-loved writers, ranging from Mark Twain to Dr. Seuss. Multiple galleries have been designed to engage and spur the imaginations of visitors of all ages. The Readers Hall is a unique event space that can accommodate up to 250 for cocktails or corporate meetings. › HOTELS The 1,205-room Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel opened at The Collection at McCormick Square, right across from the McCormick Place convention center. The 40-story hotel features more than 93,000 square feet of meeting space, including two 25,000-square-foot ballrooms. A pedestrian sky bridge links the Marriott Marquis to McCormick Place West. The 201-room Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District Hotel is located in the heart of the Loop on the upper 19 floors of the historic Oriental Theatre (designed by famed movie palace architects Rapp and Rapp). The Chicago hotel’s opening marks the debut of the new upscale Cambria brand. Cambria Chicago has state-of-the-art meeting rooms, as well as banquet spaces and catering. The Publishing House Bed and Breakfast in the West Loop offers a complete buyout of its 11 modern en suite rooms (with a three-night minimum stay). The Publishing House can provide its own private chef services for a catered dinner in its beautiful Great Room, which features a double-sided fireplace and baby grand piano. The 137-room Hotel Versey, billed as a boutique lifestyle hotel, has opened in the former Days Inn Chicago space in Lincoln Park. The contemporary design includes original works by Chicago-based artists, ranging from sculptures to street art. The newly expanded Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown make up the largest health and fitness club in the U.S. The 55-room boutique hotel, located in Chicago’s hip Bucktown neighborhood, features four suites (including the V Suite designed by tennis star Venus Williams), two meeting rooms and a private rooftop deck with city views. The 159-room Ace Hotel Chicago opened in the trendy Fulton Market District. The Waydown rooftop bar serves up craft cocktails and a skyline view. The ground floor is home to City Mouse, a 90-seat restaurant overseen by Chef Jason Vincent of the critically acclaimed Giant, and the first Midwest outpost of Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Ace features a variety of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces that can accommodate both big and small groups. After undergoing an extensive $20 million renovation, The Talbott Hotel has reopened with a fresh new look, including updated guest rooms and meeting/ event spaces. Part of the revamp includes the introduction of the hotel’s new 20East Restaurant, serving American bistro cuisine. Hotel EMC2 in Streeterville is committed to its art-and-science theme, from its moniker to its two robots that deliver amenities to guests to its Albert restaurant that’s named for Albert Einstein. Viceroy Chicago, the Viceroy Hotel Group’s THE TALBOTT HOTEL CITY MOUSE HOTEL ZACHARY SOMERSET first Midwest property, opened in the Gold Coast. The sleek 180-room, 18-story hotel is situated at the bustling intersection of Cedar and State streets. The budget-friendly FieldHouse Jones in River North, features stylish rooms and common areas. Grab a breakfast taco and cup of joe at DropShot Coffee & Snack Bar. OPENING IN 2018 • The first-ever, tribranded Hilton, combining a Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites, at The Collection at McCormick Square. • Hotel Julian, near Millennium Park. • Hotel Zachary, across from Wrigley Field. • Nobu Hotel on Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row. • St. Jane Chicago, a rebrand of the former Hard Rock Hotel. › DINING/ NIGHTLIFE Some of Chicago’s best new restaurants are located in hotels, and shouldn’t be overlooked. A perfect example is the new Viceroy Chicago hotel that’s home to Somerset, a restaurant run by Chef Lee Wolen, a 2017 James Beard Award nominee. Chef Wolen has created a seasonal American menu of flavor-forward dishes made with local ingredients. Located on the hotel’s ground floor, Somerset features a large tree-lined patio perfect for dining outdoors on warm days. Chef Wolen also oversees the culinary offerings at Viceroy Chicago’s rooftop lounge, as well as catering and events. Lauded San Francisco Chef Michael Mina opened two French restaurants in Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria: Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux (a patisserie). Margeaux Brasserie is a classic French brasserie, with dishes ranging from dover sole to steak frites. The restaurant’s private dining room seats 40 and overlooks the hotel’s Parisian-style courtyard, which is available as an event venue. Hot Chicago chefs Cosmo Goss (The Publican) and Erling Wu-Bower (Nico Osteria) have left their popular restaurants and formed a company called Underscore Hospitality to open their new restaurant, dubbed Pacific Standard Time. The new River North restaurant, featuring healthful California cuisine, opened in the former Tavernita space. Gibsons Restaurant Group has opened Gibsons Italia, a new multilevel Italian steakhouse. Located at the high-rise River Point complex, the restaurant features a retractable roof with panoramic Chicago River views. Proxi comes from the same team as neighboring Sepia, under the direction of renowned Chef Andrew Zimmerman. This West Loop restaurant takes a globetrotting approach to its menu, offering dishes inspired by international street foods and cooked on a wood-burning grill. Proxi’s private dining room seats 14, with semi-private dinners for 24 in the main dining room. The seasonal Shore Club (open May-October) opened right on popular North Avenue Beach. The luxe resort-inspired lakefront dining destination, with floor-to-ceiling windows affording sweeping Lake Michigan views, features the casual open-air Patio, the upscale Restaurant and The Oasis, outfitted with beachfront cabanas for lounging. The Shore Club welcomes private events (for 20-400) and offers in-house catering. Marisol restaurant opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of an extensive $16 million redesign. Run by Jason Hammel, chef/ owner of Chicago’s popular Lula Cafe in Logan Square (one of the city’s first farm-to-table eateries), the street-level restaurant features a private dining room and large-scale artwork by renowned British painter Chris Ofili. Chicago’s new Park at Wrigley complex welcomed the two-story Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern, named for legendary Chicago Cubs sportscaster Jack Brickhouse. The lively eatery features four bars and two terraces with views of the historic Wrigley Field baseball stadium. Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern offers an array of event spaces (equipped with a DJ booth and stage) that can accommodate 20-900 guests. Turn your event into a super-secret mission at the new EscapeHouse Chicago, where attendees work in teams to solve clues and crack codes to free themselves from an elaborate escape room. Afterwards, hang out in the funky spy-themed SafeHouse Chicago bar/restaurant that features real espionage memorabilia (including the flight deck from a WWII spy plane) and a nightly appearance by a magician. Private event space is available for groups of 12 or larger, with required event menus/packages. › TRANSIT The McCormick Place Metra Station has undergone a renovation that includes a new business-class waiting room with Wi-Fi, charging stations, modern seating, and a new sound system and digital signage to alert passengers to train announcements. The Metra Electric Line train is part of Chicago’s easy-to-use and expansive transit system, and is an inexpensive way for attendees to reach conventions at McCormick Place.
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