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Signature Drink: "Bo Knows This"

After a two-year hiatus from the restaurant world, chef Jason Vincent is back with Giant. The 40-seat spot in Logan Square offers classic Midwestern dishes from the culinary genius named Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” and a winner of the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award. General Manager and Partner Josh Perlman will oversee Giant’s beverage program, which includes a boutique wine and beer list and classic cocktails like this one—named after A Tribe Called Quest song.

FêteFone Turns Up the Audio With Unique Telephone Stations

Forget about greeting guests with the same old guestbook. FêteFone lets guests speak for themselves with unique telephone stations. Event planners can go to and select from more than 25 styles that fit their event décor. Once selected, the FêteFone hub arrives at the planned event location at least two days before the kickoff. The best part about the design? No telephone line is required. Guests can pick up the phone, hear greetings from hosts and also leave messages.

Get in a Good Workout at One of These 3 Hotels

Chicago hotels are inviting meeting attendees to bust a move with new fitness programs that really stretch the limits of breakout sessions.

JW Marriott Chicago recently launched the “Fit Meetings” program, exclusively tailored to meeting participants. It offers a choice of three breakout enhancements that focus on meditation, posture and boosting energy or three longer-format fitness classes led by the spa’s Nike-certified personal trainers. Groups of up to 200 are welcome. 

Signature Drink: The Bean

Located across from Millennium Park, new steakhouse Remington’s is serving up classic American cuisine. Everything from seafood to rotisserie is offered, as is the perfect cocktail for every meal. The Bean is a mix between the elegance and punch from the Manhattan and the fruity taste of an Old Fashioned, with the name inspired by the iconic sculpture just outside the restaurant's windows.

Silvercar Provides a Hassle-Free Car Rental Experience

What happens when a rental car company offers an exclusive booking app and only one style of car? Answer: An empty lounge area. Silvercar, located in 10 cities around the U.S. (most recently Chicago), is doing exactly that and benefitting customers in the end with the keys to a silver Audi A4 luxury car.

“You won’t find too many people unhappy with the A4,” says Jason Jones, Chicago’s general manager, of the only car you’ll find in their garage.

A Former Candy Factory Transforms into a Brand-New Luxury Hotel

In 1898, Joseph B. Funke opened a candy company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It operated until 1933 when the doors were closed and no more candy shipped out. That is until this past September, when the building reopened with a new name and new idea. 

Brighten up winter tablescapes with these gem-inspired accessories

Whether it's turquoise, tigers-eye, malachite, lapis or amethyst, we’re loving gems this winter. Embrace Earth’s natural beauty, and add a touch of elegance to your dinner parties, meetings and white winter days with these gem-inspired accessories. They’re sure to make any event sparkle.

1 Be a cut above with these diamondshaped crystal glasses.
Diamond Glasses, $29.99 for set of two


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