Get the latest meeting and event planning industry news: Offshore rooftop makes a splash at Navy Pier; City Hall, ROOH Chicago and Hyatt House debut in the Fulton Market district; and Ocean Prime opens at LondonHouse Chicago.
- Offshore Makes a Splash at Navy Pier
- City Hall Opens in the West Loop
- Ocean Prime Debuts at LondonHouse Chicago
- Acclaimed ROOH Indian Restaurant Unveils a Chicago Outpost
- Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market Opens
Offshore, purported to be the largest rooftop venue in the country, has opened at Navy Pier. The glass-enclosed 36,000-square-foot, all-seasons venue offers stunning views of Chicago and Lake Michigan, along with a chic bar and restaurant, terraces with cozy fire pits, and an entertainment and gaming area. Multiple large gathering spaces, both indoors and out, are perfect for private events of 12 to 900 people.
The recently opened City Hall, housed in a renovated brick-and-timber warehouse with soaring 40-foot-high ceilings, pays tribute to the industrial architecture of its West Loop neighborhood. Inside is a lively bar and restaurant scene, with seasonally inspired craft cocktails (including tabletop water cooler-sized drinks for groups to share) and an elevated bar food menu developed by noted Chicago chef Michael Taus. City Hall also features an elegant, 10,000-square-foot private event space with its own grand entrance.
Located within the Shops at LondonHouse, Ocean Prime offers an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts, along with an extensive wine list recognized by Wine Spectator. The luxe restaurant features a two-story lobby and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the bustling Chicago River. Four private dining rooms overlooking Michigan Avenue can accommodate up to 66 guests.
ROOH Chicago is the new Midwest location of the noted Progressive Indian restaurant, helmed by executive chef Sujan Sarkar (named The Times of India Chef of the Year). The menu combines India’s rich regional flavors with local Chicago ingredients, resulting in modern dishes like lamb chops coated with pistachio and curry leaf crumb. Exotic seasonal cocktails incorporate Indian spices, such as turmeric and masala. A rustic downstairs private dining room seats 10.
The newly opened Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop is located just steps from Fulton Market’s famed Restaurant Row, known for the trendy restaurants and bars that line Randolph Street. The 14-story hotel offers 200 rooms (many featuring full kitchens for extended stays), along with a rooftop pool deck with sweeping city views.