MEETING PROFESSIONALS: NEW IN CHICAGO, JULY 2013

Discover the city's most recent openings, updates and renovations.

THE REFINERY OPENS IN CHICAGO

refinery restaurantThe Refinery is set to open at the end of June with a full kitchen of talent from Lawrence Letrero (Untitled, Tribute) and pastry chef Hetty Arts with beverages prepared by Cody Modeer and Enoch Cruz. The menu concept is based off the name — taking well-known dishes and refining them into a new twist on old classics. The dining atmosphere will project relaxed sophistication with a warm and hip vibe.

Learn more about the Refinery.




THE DEC ROOFTOP LOUNGE AND BAR OPENS

dec rooftop barThe Ritz-Carlton opened its newest addition and has entered the downtown hotel rooftop scene. The dec Rooftop Lounge and Bar is located on the 12th floor located outside the hotel's current restaurant, Deca. The menu features light snacks and specialty cocktails, but the main attraction will be The Lens, an eye-shaped sculpture constructed of the same material as Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) that will reflect light from a nearby fireplace.

Learn more about Dec.




TONY HU LAO 18 RESTAURANT OPENING

lao 18Tony Hu, known for his multiple Chicago restaurants (Lao Sze Chuan and Lao Hunan) opened his newest restaurant, Lao 18, in the River North neighborhood. Lao 18 specializes in all Chinese styles, serving classic dim sum, lunch and dinner dishes. The restaurant can seat 265 includes private event space and outdoor patio.

Learn more about LAO 18




HOTEL TRIPLEX OPENS IN RIVER NORTH

aloft triplexChicago's River North neighborhood is expanding its appeal to tourists with a new triplex concept of three new hotels: Aloft Chicago City Center, Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/River North and Hyatt Place Chicago/River North — and a new Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises concept, Beatrix. Guests have easy access to the neighborhoods dining and nightlife scene while being close to Chicago's main attractions, The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and more.

White Lodging will manage the three hotels.
Learn about the Triplex hotels' amenities.

photo credit: Aloft Chicago City Center