Ace Hotel Chicago opens, the historic Ambassador hotel returns to Chicago, a new outdoor event space opens at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Steak 48 Debuts in River North, Bon Appétit names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year — get the latest meeting and event planning industry news.
Ace Hotel Chicago Opens
PUBLIC Chicago Hotel Rebrands to Ambassador Chicago
DuSable Museum of African American History Offers New Outdoor Event Space
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile Opens Sky Garden
Norwegian Air Announces New London Route from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
Steak 48 Opens in River North
Sixteen Introduces Private Outdoor Garden Table
Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant Slated for December Opening in Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Convention Center
Bon Appétit names Chicago its Restaurant City of the Year
The Peninsula Chicago Ranks on Travel + Leisure’s List of the Top 15 City Hotels in the U.S.
The hip Ace Hotel Chicago has opened in Chicago’s burgeoning Fulton Market District. The 159-room boutique hotel features City Mouse, a ground-floor restaurant with patio dining overseen by the culinary team behind Chicago’s critically acclaimed Giant. There is also a rooftop bar, sixth-floor garden terrace and flexible meeting spaces throughout the hotel.
Rooted in Chicago history, the original Ambassador Chicago dates back to the 1920s. With the rebrand by new owner Journal Hotels, the 285-room boutique hotel takes its rightful place among neighboring landmark Gold Coast mansions. A new restaurant is currently in development by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, with an expected fall unveiling.
A new 15,000-square-foot outdoor event space is scheduled to open this month at Hyde Park’s DuSable Museum of African American History. The venue is located along the eastern edge of the historic Roundhouse building in Washington Park, and will initially be used to house an art installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Embassy Suites has opened the new 750-square-foot Sky Garden, a hotel greenhouse that is open year round. Herbs from the Sky Garden (including sage and rosemary) are used in dishes created by the hotel’s chefs.
Beginning on March 25, 2018, Norwegian Air will add Chicago to its U.S. route. The low-cost carrier will fly between London Gatwick and O’Hare International Airport four times a week.
The sleek new Steak 48 has opened in Chicago’s lively River North neighborhood, serving up prime steaks and fresh seafood. The restaurant is owned by the original founding family of the Mastro’s steakhouse chain. The two-story space features an 800-square-foot outdoor patio and a range of dining spaces, including a room with an open view to the bustling kitchen.
The award-winning Sixteen restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago recently opened its private rooftop Garden Table. Available for private parties of 8-20, the alfresco spot is located adjacent to the 16th-floor organic herb and vegetable garden cultivated by Executive Chef Nick Dostal.
Find out more about Sixteen’s private Garden Table.
MURRAY BROS. CADDYSHACK RESTAURANT SLATED FOR DECEMBER OPENING IN CROWNE PLAZA CHICAGO O’HARE HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER
The golf-themed restaurant owned by comedian Bill Murray and his brothers is planned to open in December in Rosemont. The 6,000-square-foot dining space will seat 265 people, and will serve casual fare such as burgers and barbecue ribs. The restaurant will feature a semi-private dining area for events, along with a fun Golf Simulation Experience.
Noting that the Windy City is “clearly America’s most exciting city to eat in right now,” Bon Appétit named Chicago its Restaurant City of the Year. Restaurants mentioned as standouts on Chicago’s hot culinary scene include Elske, Giant and Mi Tocaya Antojeria.
The Peninsula Chicago ranked #14 on Travel + Leisure’s list of the Top 15 City Hotels in the Continental United States. The list is based on a survey of Travel + Leisure readers who rated hotels on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value.