After years of stalled renovation projects due to the economy, change is a-comin’ to a number of hotel properties in Illinois—and it couldn’t be better news for groups
The name of Adolfo Garcia’s latest restaurant hints at his humble upbringing as a third-generation restaurateur but also displays his rebel spirit in breaking from tradition.
THE CHOP SHOP & 1ST WARD EVENTS / PRO-JECT
Every year we get a chance to fete our own at Illinois Meetings + Events’ Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards, an event that honors the standout suppliers, vendors and venues of the year and also welcomes a new class of Hall of Fame inductees. In May, we celebrated a decade of the awards with our 10th annual edition that introduced new categories and winners and brought back some familiar faces. The party was held at the brand-new Pinstripes in River North, a gaming and dining venue that set the stage for all these tried-andtrue champions.
By now everyone knows that if you want the most iconic view of Chicago, you head to The Signature Room. Situated on the 95th and 96th fl oors of the John Hancock Center, you can’t get much higher above the city’s ground level, says Director of Sales and Marketing Tricia Bryant. “Our private dining rooms are more than 1,000 feet above the city. On a clear day you, can see all the way to Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.”
Maybe nice guys finish first after all. Because while “second city” Chicago has often fallen short to New York in everything from skyscrapers to baseball games, the Windy City recently grabbed two high-profile events right out of The Big Apple’s grasp.
The spa and fitness center moves north.
Pac-Man-Inspired Restaurant Takes Socializing to a New Level.
Looking for a way to still cook meals at home but just don’t have the time to do it all? Home Chef is a food delivery service with a fresh twist. Great for working professionals like planners, the company makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze by giving you meal ideas, shopping for you, portioning everything out and delivering fresh ingredients to your doorstep. All you have to do is cook.
Chicago’s Barrelhouse Flat, part tavern/part speakeasy, focuses on a casual atmosphere and massive drink menu. Along with more than 60 classic cocktails, the bar prides itself on a rotating menu of seasonal and experimental drinks, like The Silent Partner, a fall-inspired twist on a Manhattan. The recipe was developed by Bar Manager Mark Brinker.
—1 oz. Laird’s Apple Brandy
—1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
—1 oz. Cocchi Di Torino Sweet Vermouth
—dash of Angostura bitters