Chicago Magic Lounge will soon unveil their bag of tricks with a grand opening in January 2018. As a true testament to Chicago’s rich magic history, the luxurious new entertainment center in Andersonville will dazzle guests with secret entrances, an art deco-style magic lounge featuring a vintage 1920s speakeasy performance bar, a 120-seat cabaret theater with an overlooking mezzanine level and an exclusive close-up performance space that seats 40. Once the venue is open there will plenty of options for event planners including bar packages, group sales, VIP experiences, private theater rentals and full facility rentals. The original show is still in production at Uptown Underground until the end of the year.
Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D.