Bon Appétit names Chicago the Restaurant City of the Year, the hip Ace Hotel Chicago makes its debut, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago unveils its stunning $100 million renovation, plus Steak 48, Sushi-San and Barrio restaurants open in River North.
- Bon Appétit names Chicago its Restaurant City of the Year
- Ace Hotel Chicago Opens
- The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago Unveils $100 Million Renovation
- PUBLIC Chicago Hotel Rebrands to Ambassador Chicago
- Norwegian Air Announces New London Route from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
- Museum of Broadcast Communications Presents Saturday Night Live: The Experience
- Steak 48 Debuts in River North
- Barrio Restaurant Opens in River North
- Sushi-San Mixes Hand Rolls and Hip-Hop
- Half Acre Beer Company Opens New Taproom
- Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant Slated for December Opening in Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Convention Center
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 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 and sixth-floor garden terrace.
Using Chicago architecture and modern design as inspiration, the revitalized Ritz-Carlton, Chicago has completed a major renovation that includes the largest luxury ballroom in Chicago. Also new is Torali, a contemporary Italian steakhouse with seasonal rooftop dining located on the hotel’s 12th floor.
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, with an expected fall unveiling.
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.
Go behind the scenes of the iconic Saturday Night Live (SNL) television show in a new exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. See a full-scale replica of SNL’s famed Studio 8H in New York’s Rockefeller Center and check out the immersive galleries that showcase the office of executive producer Lorne Michaels, the writers’ room and more than 500 artifacts that include costumes, original sets and scripts.
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.
One of Chicago’s buzziest new restaurants, Barrio, has opened in the hot River North neighborhood. Helmed by Top Chef alum Katsuji Tanabe, Barrio takes a creative approach to traditional Mexican fare. The restaurant seats 200.
Lettuce Entertain You recently introduced its newest restaurant concept, Sushi-San, in River North. Hip-hop music is the soundtrack at this Japanese hot spot that offers maki rolls, roll-your-own sushi, Bintochan-grilled meats and vegetables, and Japanese beers and whiskey.
The wildly popular Half Acre Beer Company has opened its Balmoral Tap Room & Garden in the Far North Side Bowmanville neighborhood. The location, which features a restaurant and outdoor beer garden outfitted with communal picnic tables, is the second taproom for Half Acre (the original is located in the North Center neighborhood).
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 also feature a fun Golf Simulation Experience.