Get the latest meeting and event planning industry news: Odyssey Chicago River sets sail, VU is the South Loop’s first rooftop bar, the tri-brand Hiltons at McCormick Place opens, Hotel Julian Chicago debuts, Food & Wine names Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya Antojería one of 2018’s best new chefs.
- Odyssey Chicago River Sets Sail
- VU Rooftop Bar Opens in the South Loop
- New Hiltons at McCormick Place Opens
- Hotel Julian Chicago Debuts
- Chicago’s Midway Airport Unveils New Food Court
- Cvent Ranks Chicago the #3 Meeting Destination in the U.S.
- Food & Wine Names Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya Antojería One of the Best New Chefs 2018
- Bellemore Ranks #1 on the Robb Report‘s List of 10 Best New Restaurants in America
Odyssey Chicago River has recently launched. The single-level, glass-enclosed dining boat sails the Chicago River, offering stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding architecture. The vessel is available year-round for full and partial charters, accommodating a maximum of 200 guests.
Located 22 stories above McCormick Place is VU, the South Loop’s first rooftop bar. The swanky penthouse space features two terraces with fire pits, three bars and epic city views, along with shareable plates. Groups can mingle in several private event areas, including the Karaoke Room or Club Bar.
The 466-room Hiltons at McCormick Place is the first-ever tri-brand Hilton, housing a Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites. It joins The Collection at McCormick Square complex, and is connected via sky bridge to McCormick Place. It also feature 6,600 square feet of meeting space.
Located in the newly renovated Atlantic Bank Building on Michigan Avenue, Hotel Julian is just steps from Millennium Park. Its ground-floor restaurant, About Last Knife, is a classic American steakhouse with outdoor patio seating.
Concourse A at Midway International Airport is home to a new 6,300-square-foot space housing a food court featuring outposts of popular Chicago neighborhood restaurants. Stop in for sushi at Arami or cheeseburgers from Billy Goat Tavern.
In citing Chicago’s ranking as the #3 meeting destination in the country, Cvent noted that more people travel to the city for overnight business than any other destination in the U.S. Cvent also pointed out that Chicago is accessible from nearly any country in the world, thanks to its two major international airports (O’Hare and Midway).
Food & Wine’s 30thanniversary class of Best New Chefs includes Chicago chef DianaDávila, who is lauded for her joyful dishes and cooking at Mi Tocaya Antojería that is “authentic to her own experience as a first-generation Mexican-American.”
The upscale Robb Report ranked Chicago’s Bellemore #1 on its list of America’s 10 Best New Restaurants. Noting the restaurant’s “creative and endlessly delicious take on New American cuisine,” the Robb Reportpoints to Bellemore’s popular oyster custard pie topped with caviar.