• Opening the Doors to the Past at Lincoln Park Zoo

    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. 

Gain insight from a professional who increased room block bookings by 30 percent over three years. 

 

Scott Castillo-Milburn, owner of mobile bartending service Classic Cocktails by Scott, developed this recipe last summer for a client who was looking for a bourbon-based drink that would feel seasonal and light for an evening party. The night ended with everyone who’d tried it asking for the recipe, and Castillo-Milburn has since replicated it at 10 events. He’s kept the drink a secret—until now. You can hire his company to create this drink for an event, create a new signature cocktail, or even obtain general liability or liquor liability insurance for your venue.  

 

Centrally located in Illinois, about a two and half hour drive from Chicago, the city of Peoria has many exciting developments happening this year. Here are three to put on your radar.

1. The rustic-themed Bearded Owl Brewing opened in January with a variety of unfiltered beers ranging from stouts to India pale ales to sours, using locally grown ingredients wherever possible. While it doesn’t have designated event space, the brewery makes for a good post-meeting gathering spot for a round of beers and various homemade soft pretzels.