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10 Things You Didn't Know About SafeHouse and EscapeHouse

Calling all wannabe spies! SafeHouse and EscapeHouse are now open in Chicago. These fully immersive experiences take a cue from America’s time honored intelligence operations, offering team-building entertainment alongside savory food and drink. Here are 10 things we’ve been cleared to tell you about these “top secret” destinations.

New Venue Spotlight: Venue One North Shore

Chicago Bulls fans might remember the former Berto Center—once the basketball team’s training center—but on May 4, 2016, it became the latest fully functional event space in the northern suburbs. Venue One North Shore offers 85,000 square feet that can be used for meetings, celebrations and other private events for up to 1,500 people.

New Venue Spotlight: Nobu Hotel Chicago

Nobu Hotel Chicago is set to debut in late 2017 in the popular West Loop neighborhood through a partnership of actor Robert DeNiro, Chef Nobu Matsushisa, Hollywood producer Meir Teper and Australian business tycoon James Packer. The luxury property will offer 103 guest rooms, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, as well as a rooftop bar, indoor pool, private spa services and various unique event and private dining spaces. 

Flashback: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Builds on Long History

Though the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has become one of the hottest new properties in Chicago, the history of the building goes back more than a century. The original CAA was established in 1890 with a mission of “providing a setting for athletic, business and social activities.” Founding members included AG Spalding, Cyrus McCormick and Marshall Field.

Conrad Chicago Goes from Rush to Erie Street

Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to feel your best. That is exactly what Conrad Chicago had in mind when planning its latest move. The former Rush Street hotel (which was rebranded into The Gwen almost two years ago) will reopen at a new location at 101 E. Erie Street in September.

Network and Create Craft Cocktails at coup d'etat

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a mixology class at coup d’etat in Uptown Minneapolis. The class was held in one of their semi-private dining areas, where 18 of us had the pleasure of creating five signature cocktails with our mixologist Alex.

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