Just north of the Chicago River, a 10,000-square-foot gastropub is serving up a food lover’s dream. 

Public House offers beloved American fare with an upscale twist, and with more than 100 types of beer at the ready, you could call it a hop lover’s paradise. But the destination eatery may be most well-known for its Insta-famous boozy Cake Shakes. 

Comprised of a craft beer base mixed with ice cream, these colossal shakes are served in a buttercream frosted glass topped with sprinkles and a full slice of cake. Guests can choose from the Chocolate Porter (a mixture of Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter and chocolate ice cream, topped with a slice of chocolate cake) or the Vanilla Stout (made of JP’s Casper White Stout and vanilla ice cream, topped with a slice of confetti buttercream cake). Public House also crafts a new flavor each month to satiate any sweet tooth.

With a variety of spaces available for private events, guests can indulge in this ultimate sweet treat or enjoy Public House specialties at small seated functions or large receptions. The West Bar seats up to 105 guests or 275 for a standing reception with access to The Deck, which houses five table tap booths each offering self-serve beer and liquor on tap. The Deck can accommodate up to 42 for a seated event and 55 for a reception.

The slightly smaller East Bar, featuring an island bar and floor-to-ceiling windows, can accommodate up to 150 for a reception and 50 seated. The Library, which accommodates up to 20 guests, contains shelves lined with leather-bound books and a candlelit ambience. publichousechicago.com

The atmosphere at relaxed Avondale neighborhood eatery Pisolino may remind you of a charming, laid-back European bistro—and for good reason.

Chef and co-owner James De Marte spent over a decade cooking his way through Italy to craft and hone the skills on full display at the cozy restaurant today. “The restaurant is truly his dream-turned-reality and a showcase of his love for Italian cuisine,” says co-owner Rachel De Marte.

 

There’s no better way to build team spirit than with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. Native 312 Events gives groups a chance to foster community and creativity while learning about one of Chicago’s most widely seen forms of art: graffiti.

Javier Dominguez and Adam Dittman founded Native 312 Events nearly two years ago after working together on events for more than eight years. They now provide Urban Art Workshops to a variety of clientele, including collegiate groups and corporate teams.

 

For professional speakers, engaging with an audience can begin months before stepping out onto the stage. 

Their first audience interaction might come through a teaser video in an event promotion email, says professional speaker and author David Fisher. Or they might also begin cross promoting the event on social media, according to Rich Gibbons, president of SpeakInc., a company that books event speakers and headline entertainers.