Restaurant Recommendation: 'Meat' and Eat at Steak 48

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As winter approaches, a new prime-cut steakhouse is heating up the grills, providing guests with filling meals and an upscale spot for meetings. Steak 48 is now open in the River North neighborhood, the latest venture from the famed Mastro family. The bi-level space encompasses 12,000 square feet and offers 450 seats in total, accommodating both full restaurant buyouts and more intimate group settings. Options include an 800-square-foot outdoor patio with two fireplaces, a bar on each level and multiple dining room “suites” that offer semiprivate space. Executive chef Brian Key (Gibson’s, Weber Grill) prepares USDA prime steaks with eight unique toppings, as well as chops, seafood and shellfish and unique appetizers and side dishes that are sourced locally when possible. 

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.