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CHICAGO NEWS & UPDATES FOR TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS

July 2016: LondonHouse Chicago and AceBounce Chicago opens, outdoor food court pops up at Museum Campus and more.

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LONDONHOUSE CHICAGO OPENS

The 452-room luxury lifestyle hotel on North Michigan Avenue is now accepting reservations. Don’t miss the tri-level rooftop bar, LH, for American fare, cocktails and sweeping Chicago views.

Learn more about the new hotel
 
LondonHouse Chicago
 
Bridges Lobby Bar at LondonHouse Chicago
 
King Guest Room at LondonHouse Chicago
 


MORE RESTAURANTS SIGN UP FOR LOOP’S GIANT FOOD HALL

Revival Food Hall is a 24,000-square-foot “food collective” opening this summer in the Loop at 125 S. Clark St. The 300-seat dining concept will include 15 fast-casual walk-up restaurants by existing Chicago eateries plus a few all-new dining options by local chefs.

Learn more about the new food hall.

Antique Taco Chiquito at Revival Food Hall

Black Dog Gelato at Revival Food Hall


MUSEUM CAMPUS GETS POP-UP LAKEFRONT FOOD COURT

The Chicago Park District has partnered with Pork & Mindy’s, the Wicker Park sandwich shop helmed by Food Network star Jeff Mauro, to open what amounts to a pop-up lakefront food court steps from the Shedd Aquarium, and walkable from The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field and Northerly Island.

Learn more about the outdoor food court.


ACEBOUNCE CHICAGO OPENS

AceBounce Chicago, the first of several planned U.S. ping-pong venues, launched June 2016. The social entertainment brand was founded by Adam Breeden, entrepreneur, co-founder of Flight Club and former CEO and co-founder of All Star Lanes, and Dov Penzik, also a successful entrepreneur and former competitive table tennis player.

Learn more about AceBounce.


CHICAGO KIMPTON GRAY HOTEL ACCEPTING BOOKINGS FOR STAYS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

Dressed in marble and terra-cotta, The Kimpton Gray has turned heads as an office building for decades. Now, the new elevated hotel experience in the Financial District is drawing attention for its on-site restaurant; law library-themed Vol. 39 bar; and Boleo, an Argentinean-inspired rooftop lounge.

Learn more about the Chicago Kimpton Gray Hotel.

The Gray Hotel


CONRAD CHICAGO NOW BOOKING OCTOBER 15 AND BEYOND

The 287-room River North project transforms an office building into a new contemporary downtown hotel. A rooftop restaurant on the 20th floor will offer Magnificent Mile views, New American cuisine and small plates.

Learn more about the Conrad Chicago.

Conrad Chicago Hotel


THE GWEN CHICAGO OPENS

Located on The Magnificent Mile in the landmark McGraw-Hill Building, The Gwen features 300 rooms and 34 suites, honoring the glamour of Chicago in the 1930s. A new restaurant on the fifth floor, Circa, is a 1930s-themed spot offering innovative American cuisine and the Upstairs at the Gwen terrace will offer tableside Prohibition-style cocktails.

Learn more about The Gwen Chicago


NAVY PIER WELCOMES SEASONAL ICE SKATING RINK

From June 10 to October 31, 2016, guests will be able to ice skate outdoors all summer long at the Skate by the Lake ice rink in Polk Bros Park, located at the main entry point of Navy Pier. Skaters can enjoy Skate by the Lake, from noon until 10 p.m. daily, throughout the summer. Tickets to the rink cost $10 for guests with their own skates and $15 for those who need to rent skates.

Learn more about Navy Pier ice skating.


RENAISSANCE CHICAGO DOWNTOWN HOTEL COMPLETES $32 MILLION TOTAL RENOVATION

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel has completed its $32 million total renovation. New features include a ballroom overlooking the Chicago River and a rooftop bar with city views. Raised An Urban Rooftop Bar is a hip indoor/outdoor hotel lounge featuring craft cocktails and small plates. Raised garden beds, private VIP cloches, fire pits, and 14 taps with local beers round out the experience.

Learn more about Renaissance Chicago Downtown.

Library at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

King room at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel


2016 RIVERWALK VENDOR LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Following the success of the Riverwalk’s inaugural 2015 season, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an exciting new concession lineup for the 2016 season, featuring returning favorites as well as new additions. Returning vendors include

  • Urban Kayaks
  • Island Party Hut
  • Wheel Fun Rentals
  • Cyrano’s Café and Wine Bar
  • Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline
  • O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café
  • City Winery
  • Downtown Docks
  • Chicago Water Taxi

New vendors include Tiny Hatt, Lillies and Dulce in Horto, the Riverwalk’s first ever mobile food cart.

Learn more about the Riverwalk.

City Winery at Chicago Riverwalk

Tiny Hatt at Chicago Riverwalk


STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY OPENS NEW BAR

Located in front of Steppenwolf’s new 1700 Theatre, Front Bar is a warm, creative space to grab a drink, have a bite, or meet up with friends and collaborators, day or night.

Learn more about the Front Bar.


THE SECOND CITY OPENS 1959 KITCHEN & BAR

The Second City’s new kitchen and bar focuses on sustainable, certified humane, organic regional ingredients with a menu of savory pub fare to specialty dining options, along with craft beers and cocktails.

Learn more about 1959 Kitchen & Bar.


EVA AIR LAUNCHING NONSTOP SERVICE BETWEEN CHICAGO AND TAIPEI, TAIWAN

EVA Air announced with the Chicago Department of Aviation that it will launch nonstop flights from Chicago to Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Learn more about the new flight service.


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