Opening the Doors to the Past at Lincoln Park Zoo

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  • Cafe Brauer is adding to its 100-year life with its latest renovations.

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

On the edge of Lincoln Park Zoo is a stunning red brick, green roof structure that hosts myriad events from private galas to movie premiere receptions. But Cafe Brauer’s history dates back more than 100 years ago when it was originally a popular restaurant owned and operated by the Brauer family, as seen in this photo. Though the dining business closed in the 1940s, it was still top of mind for many local historians that praised its Prairie School style of architecture earning the building a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as well as Chicago landmark status in 2003. After a number of renovations, today Cafe Brauer can accommodate up to 250 for a seated dinner. The original architecture and skylights, as well as accompanying modern décor featuring chandeliers, flowering centerpieces and candlelight still hints at its gilded past. 

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.