• Opening the Doors to the Past at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Cafe Brauer is adding to its 100-year life with its latest renovations.

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

On the edge of Lincoln Park Zoo is a stunning red brick, green roof structure that hosts myriad events from private galas to movie premiere receptions. But Cafe Brauer’s history dates back more than 100 years ago when it was originally a popular restaurant owned and operated by the Brauer family, as seen in this photo. Though the dining business closed in the 1940s, it was still top of mind for many local historians that praised its Prairie School style of architecture earning the building a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as well as Chicago landmark status in 2003. After a number of renovations, today Cafe Brauer can accommodate up to 250 for a seated dinner. The original architecture and skylights, as well as accompanying modern décor featuring chandeliers, flowering centerpieces and candlelight still hints at its gilded past. 

An empowering approach to leadership makes Jill Torke, director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, a superwoman in the city’s hotel scene.

 

Think creative F&B always has to be expensive? Think Again. We asked a hotel, a restaurant and a conference center to create three menus at three different price points - and they delivered. 

 

Lucky Strike served as the host venue for the third-annual Hospitality Fest, which gathered more than 750 meeting and event planning professionals for a four-hour evening event. With the goal of spotlighting options across Chicagoland for holiday parties, 74 table sponsors showcased ideas for F&B, event spaces and corporate activities. The teams and volunteers wore bowling shirts with presenting title sponsors’ names on the front to create a fun, laidback atmosphere.