New Venue Spotlight: Rhyme Or Reason

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The 1970s are alive and well at Rhyme Or Reason. The new restaurant, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, boasts an intriguing cocktail program and “American eclec - tic” menu, all built around the retro theme.

“We think the ‘70s was one of the greatest eras,” says Rhyme Or Reason partner Le’Qoinne Rice. “New music, new booze and different types of cuisines were being introduced and accepted in America. It was truly a great time to dance and celebrate life.”

Executive Chef Chris de la Cueva says the menu is unlike anything guests would usually see on nearby Division Street. Customers can indulge in dishes such as Moroccan Lamb Meatballs and Duck, Duck Pie as well as flirty cocktails like the Sex Machine.

The unique restaurant seats up to 202 guests and has pri - vate dining space available with regular live music and a variety of event packages.

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.

 

The work of Bob Doepel and his staff at Chicago Scenic Studios speaks for itself, having produced some of the most iconic sets for museums, TV and film and corporate events.

 

Meeting planners have more options than ever outside the city.