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AceBounce is an immense ping pong playground and restaurant with award winning chefs and mixologists, creating an unprecedented experience. The curated menu by James Beard-awarded Chef, Rick Gresh, pair nicely with energetic and inventive beverages from chief mixologist Peter Vestinos. AceBounce is a destination for groups or individuals who are seeking something out of the ordinary without sacrificing taste or quality. The formula is simple: combine the unexpected fun of ping pong, with impeccable hospitality to provide a legendary experience. Perfectly positioned in downtown Chicago, AceBounce has tailored spaces and custom options for parties from 6 to 550.

There’s more to the story at the American Writers Museum (AWM), named Illinois’ Best Attraction by USA Today and One of the World’s 10 Best New Museums by Fodor’s. This new cultural gem on Michigan Avenue features innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, including Word Waterfall, Surprise Bookshelf, Word Play, Story of the Day, Book Cloud, and Anatomy of a Masterwork. Special exhibits free with museum admission. AWM is a colorful and interactive space that can accommodate up to 250 people for all types of gatherings

DineAmic Group and Fabio Viviani have done it again with Bar Siena, the casual sister restaurant to Siena Tavern. This rustic, come-as-you-are, high-energy Italian eatery in the West Loop is best known for their shared-plate format including pizza, pasta, and BomboBar desserts. Tucked into Bar Siena, this sweet side-concept and walk-up window on Green Street serves bomboloni, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, gelato, hot chocolate, and more. Stop by on your walk to work or cater to your late-night sweet cravings; open daily from 8am – 11pm.

Located in the heart of River North at the prominent corner of Clark & Kinzie St. and in the same building as their Italian concept Siena Tavern, DineAmic Group brings you Barrio — Barrio is a creative take on traditional Mexican fare with pan-Latin and American influences. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant seats 200 people and offers a variety of dining options including bar seating and private dining. The kitchen is helmed by “Top Chef” alum, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, who has created a plethora of options for just about every patron. The menu incorporates a shared-plate format offering locally sourced, sustainable ingredients with an emphasis on organic, as well as paleo and gluten-free options.

BLVD is a modern American restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood that draws inspiration from Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd circa 1950: the golden era’s most iconic strip of dining and entertainment establishments. Designed by Karen Herold of Studio K Creative, the interior blends clean lines and geometric shapes from the Art Deco movement with opulent fixtures and grandiose décor reflective of the Hollywood Regency style. Executive Chef Johnny Besch offers a globally inspired menu of modern American shareable plates, reimagining classic dishes, drawing from different cultures, and, at the same time, honoring the ways in which the dining scene has evolved. BLVD’s beverage program highlights innovative twists on popular cocktails from the 1950s, a tailored list of wines from around the world, and an intriguing selection of champagnes and sparkling wines available exclusively in The Champagne Room on the second floor.

Bub City is Chicago’s destination for barbecue, whiskey and live country music. The Southern spot offers more than 125 different whiskeys from well-known and independent distilleries throughout the country, weekend brunch with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and live country music every day of the week.

Café Spiaggia is a local gathering spot offering casual Italian fare by James Beard Award Winning Chef, Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef, Joe Flamm, Top Chef Season 15 winner. Guests can expect shared plates, handmade pastas and a selection of bottled cocktails Showcasing a global wine list hand selected by Sommelier Rachael Lowe, Food & Wine Magazine’s “Top Sommeliers of 2016, guests will gather together to savor and hangout over great sips, tastes and neighborly hospitality.

Chef Rodolfo Cuadros’ cuisine is influenced by his love for deeply rooted traditions in Hispanic culture. Carnivale’s menu highlights dishes from the Caribbean, Spain, South and Central America and sources the best local ingredients to bring you an unforgettable experience in Latin-American flavors. We’re famous for our award-winning mojitos, fresh ceviche and wood-grilled steak.

Historic Chicago dining is more than just a theme at The Chicago Chop House; it’s a way of life. Guests stepping into the restaurant’s immaculately restored, century-old Victorian brownstone building brings diners into the city’s past, when meat packers, politicians, and gangsters dined on succulent steaks in luxurious rooms. More than 1,400 historical photos tell the tale of old Chicago.

Our all USDA beyond Prime menu of awe-inspiring 64-ounce porterhouses, 12- and 18-ounce New York strips, and 20-ounce prime ribs bathe the senses in prime-aged flavor. The Chicago Chop House is also one of the only restaurants in Chicagoland to serve Mishima cuts, unique and succulent beef known for its delicate flavor and tenderness and the last restaurant to butcher most of their meat in-house. Guests can pair their meals with a glass or bottle of wine from our international menu that includes more than 650 selections; a list that has won nine “Awards of Excellence” and “Best of” awards from Wine Spectator, and an Award of Distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The Chicago Chop House bestows each and every guest with exceptional quality, flavor, service, and ambiance that few can match and none can surpass.

One block away from McCormick Center at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Cullerton Street is the Chicago Oyster House which specializes in Prime Seafood & Steaks. The chefs prepare fresh eats from the world’s depths, particularly those best served raw or extremely fresh, as in oysters and sushi. With multiple truck deliveries daily is how they ensure the freshest seafood bites to each hungry mouth. There are two raw bars inside the space. The first is dedicated to city’s most selection of East and West Coast oyster varieties, served chilled in their own shells atop a bed of ice. At the second raw bar, the chefs put their focus on the art of sushi as they wrap assortment of freshest raw fish in colorful, bite-size morsels of rice, seaweed, and sauce. Behind the scenes, the kitchen is where the mouthwatering Prime Steaks are grilled to perfection along with other deep sea morsels such as grilled oysters, steamed king crab legs and delicately fried soft-shell crab. Try their 30-day dry aged NY Strip and it will keep you coming back for more.

Located steps away from Michigan Ave., Ditka’s Restaurant, a Chicagoland institution, has attracted business professionals, families, tourists and celebrities alike. Named after legendary Bears Coach Mike Ditka, known for his honest and straight-forward opinions.

We feature five private rooms that can accommodate groups from 10-500 with infinite amount of set up styles. With over 20 years of experience in the highly competitive Chicago market, we understand the importance of quality food & genuine hospitality. Known for Chops & Steaks including the signature dish “Da Pork Chop” along with a wide variety of fresh, sustainable seafood and contemporary American classics.

During the course of a 60-minute room escape experience at the EscapeHouse in the River North area of downtown Chicago, your group will experience an exciting team-building experience as they are tested on their ability to search for clues, solve puzzles and work together to beat the clock. Two different escape experiences are offered:

Save the White House – ideal for novices and those less experienced with escape rooms. Your group of agents find yourselves locked down in the White House during a missile attack, and must locate the secret code to launch interceptors to save the White House.

Escape the Safe House – Make your escape from an elaborate realm of enigmas and espionage designed by the world’s top spies.

A fun experience for groups of 5-10.
Open daily at 10am.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

www.flemingssteakhouse.com25 East Ohio Street312-329-9463

At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy unrivaled hospitality, explore a carefully curated wine list and experience expertly crafted steak made to order. Private dining available day or evening. Sit-down dinners for groups from 10-150 and receptions up to 350.

Located in Fulton Market District within Chicago’s bustling West Loop, Formento’s is an Italian restaurant that features the bright and light flavors of Italy. Created as a nod to the owner’s grandmother, “Nonna Formento,” guests will experience an array of dishes steeped from traditional family recipes alongside new-age dishes created by Executive Chef Todd Stein. The world-class wine menu offers guests more than 600 varietals from around world. At Formento’s, new world culinary creativity marries with generations past.

Equal parts Art Gallery, Restaurant, and Craft Cocktail Bar; Fulton Market Kitchen is as stimulating to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. Conceptualized and designed by Daniel Alonso and the Bonhomme Hospitality Group (FMK, Black Bull, Bordel, Celeste, Disco, Beatnik), Fulton Market Kitchen is a portal of collective creativity, integrating various art mediums and styles with imaginative cocktails and cuisine to create a new experience for Chicago’s evolving culture.

Gino's East - Gold Coast

www.ginoseast.com162 E Superior St312-266-5421

Taste The Original Deep Dish Pizza!

Gino’s East Chicago-style deep dish is made the same way it was 50 years ago. They start with their signature, secret-recipe dough & top it with mounds of mozzarella cheese, fresh toppings, & tangy tomato sauce. The pies are slowly baked in seasoned cast iron pans until the crust is golden & flaky, then they serve it table-side, piping hot, right out of the pan.

Giordano's - Downtown Loop

https://Giordanos.com223 West Jackson 312-583-9400

Chicago’s number 1 stuffed deep dish pizza, available for delivery, private events,
central loop close to the Willis Tower

Giordano's - Flagship on the Magnificent Mile

https://Giordanos.com730 N Rush 312-951-0747

Giordano’s is rated Chicago’s number one deep dish pizza, located just one block from the Magnificient Mile in the Gold Coast. Private Events up to 500 guests, catering, delivery, carryout, will ship frozen pizzas to 48 states. Variety of Italian American dishes and a full bar.

Giordano's - Millennium Park

https://Giordanos.com130 E Randolph312-616-1200

Home of Chicago’s # 1 deep dish pizza, available for dine in or carry out and delivery.

Voted Chicago’s # 1 deep dish pizza, located at Navy Pier, large patio during warmer weather.

Giordano's - West Loop Greektown

https://Giordanos.com815 W Van Buren St312-421-1221

Home of Chicago’s #1 Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago’s Westloop. Available for private events, delivery and carryout.

Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chicago is the perfect place to hold your celebration. Our downtown location is conveniently located at Clark Street & Grand Avenue. We offer easy accessibility, excellent food, and a comfortable atmosphere with staff dedicated to meeting the needs of your event. We have 10 different private banquet rooms that can accommodate from 10-300 guests. We offer every dining fair from breakfast, brunch, reception, family style to plated steakhouse. We can also create custom menus, so we assist you with any type of event you are looking to host.

Morton's The Steakhouse

www.mortons.com65 E Wacker Pl312-201-0464

Morton’s The Steakhouse at Wacker Place is located at the epicenter of some of Downtown Chicago’s most celebrated attractions and downtown hotels. Walking distance from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and the Chicago Theatre District, this steakhouse offers a superb dining location for a business power lunch, after work drinks and Bar Bites, an exceptional dinner or even over 4,000 square feet of private dining space in six private dining rooms.

A River North experience unlike any other! We’re redefining a night out with friends with thoughtfully crafted food & cocktails, beautiful design, and everyone’s favorite bar game – Darts!

DineAmic Group’s beer-centric bar located in the heart of River North is the perfect place to watch any big game. With over 100+ beers in house and a 30 foot HD video screen, pull up a seat and order from the menu consisting of American fare with a smokehouse twist.

4 Star Restaurant Group’s classic American Grill, Remington’s, offers a welcoming atmosphere for our guests to enjoy warm hospitality right here in Chicago’s famed Millennium Park. Remington’s offers classic American cuisine featuring fresh seafood from the raw bar, hearty entree salads, exquisite steaks, delicious chops, and mouth-watering prime rib from the rotisserie.

River Roast Private Events, located on the Chicago River, offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting. Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place.

Experienced event planning and service teams aim to accommodate and anticipate your needs for a flawless event. Whether you are planning a grand gala for 300 people, or an exclusive affair for eight, the delectable customized menus and exceptional views with impress.

River Roast has six spaces to choose from, each featuring sophisticated decor that pays tribute to the historical landmark building the restaurant is housed in- the options for corporate and social events are endless.

Luxurious finishes, copper accents, and warm lighting were inspired by the fire of the rotisserie & brick oven at the display kitchen.
Masculine lines are tailored to contrast with subtle historical references, some original to the 1913 building, for visual interest.

Roanoke offers various seating options for every occasion. Sit at the counter along the display kitchen for an interesting culinary experience,
cozy up to the warm, inviting bar, and finally have a seat near the fireplace for more intimate dining. Roanoke is a great place to gather
​with friends and colleagues. We have great event space to accommodate your groups of 2 to 150.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

www.rockbottom.com1 W Grand Ave312-755-9339

Rock Bottom is an engaging craft beer experience where beer enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of unique homegrown beers brewed on-site. Come join us at one of our two bars or on our rooftop beer garden for a cold drink and extensive menu options. Private space available!

Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, RPM Italian is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, featuring a contemporary chef-driven menu with more than a dozen fresh pastas made in house daily, celebrated Italian classics, signature RPM cocktails and an award-winning wine list. The sister restaurant to RPM Steak, RPM Italian marks the first collaboration between partners RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis and celebrity couple Bill & Giuliana Rancic.

Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, RPM Steak is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse and features a contemporary, chef-driven menu, an award-winning wine list and a well-curated craft cocktail program. The sister restaurant to RPM Italian, RPM Steak marks the second collaboration between partners RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis and celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic.

Satiating hungry spies since 1966… Control welcomes all agents to visit the MUST SEE experience in Chicago. You will be immersed into a world of espionage the moment you pass through our iconic red door and are asked for our password. Don’t worry, if you don’t know it, you will still be allowed to enter by “performing” a clearance “test”. This clandestine restaurant and bar takes you on a mission and offers a menu filled with furtive eats and fun cocktails! Our culinary agents craft delicious scratch-made food including Fried C4 Cheddar Cheese Curds, CHICAGO’s #1 burger, the hand-crafted M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Burgers), and an array of savory entrees, healthy salads and vegetarian options as well. Your mission awaits you, agent!

Hours are Sun-Fri: 11am – 2am, Sat: 11am – 3am.

Shaw’s has long paid tribute to sweet home Chicago’s Blues heritage and to live local Music. Bands are usually Blues-based, but Shaw’s also features an astonishing array of genres: Jazz, R & B, Soul, Funk, and even some Bluegrass. The more casual and lively Oyster Bar is rocking on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with live music starting at 7:00 p.m.! No cover charge and no reservation necessary.

Memorable Chicago events begin with Shoreline Sightseeing and Shoreline Charters! Celebrating 75+ seasons on Chicago’s waterways, Shoreline is famed for its guided Architecture River Tours, panoramic Classic Lake Tours and dazzling Fireworks Tours. Groups are welcome on all regularly scheduled day and evening tours including our weekly Spanish language Architecture Tours. Seeking a completely private event? Shoreline Charters offers cruises for 75 to 150 guests with flexible lake and river itineraries, premier caterers and impeccable service. Looking for a fast, fun way to get around Chicago’s lake and river? Try a convenient Shoreline Water Taxi to and from Navy Pier! Create your Chicago memory with Shoreline!

DineAmic Group along with Partner & “Top Chef” Fan Favorite Fabio Viviani have focused their efforts on building an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of River North. Complete with a lively bar scene and from-scratch fare, this is the perfect spot for any occasion.

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower to see the world-famous Skydeck.

Enjoy 360-degree views spanning up to 50 miles and four states, plus our most spectacular view – 1,353 feet straight down! For a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience, “Dare to Stand Out” on The Ledge, our glass balconies extending more than four feet outside the building.

• Open daily March-September 9am-10pm, October-February 10am-8pm
• Private banquet and corporate presentation space is also available on our 99th Floor for 250 seated or 400-person reception. Call 312.875.8476 for more information.

Home to James Beard award-winning Chef, Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia offers a memorable dining experience and has been honored to host some of the city’s most elegant social and corporate events accommodating groups up to 300 people.

Steadfast at the Kimpton

www.steadfastchicago.com315 N LaSalle Dr312-822-0100

Steadfast brings an innovative, upscale, chef-driven restaurant concept offering a New American cuisine with beautifully composed dishes to food savvy hotel guests, pre-theater diners, business diners & power-lunchers, along with Chicago’s passionate dining community. Steadfast has been described as an instant class in one of Chicago’s celebrated historical buildings. Steadfast’s focal-point – the exhibition kitchen, invited guests from every seat in the house to personally connect with the culinary team. The exhibition kitchen houses a wood-fired oven, cast-iron plancha and overlooks the charcuterie room.

Just north of Millennium Park and steps from Chicago’s Theater district, Sweetwater’s casual atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating. The vibrant bar and restaurant sits on Michigan Avenue, just south of the Chicago River, offering full views of the city from the spacious outdoor patio.

TAO Chicago is a dynamic Asian bistro and nightclub. Located in an 1892 landmark building designed by Henry Ives Cobb, this historic building was a perfect canvas to re-imagine the iconic TAO brand. The menu, developed by Chef/Partner Ralph Scamardella, features a selection of Asian-inspired specialties, focusing on Chinese, Japanese, and Thai techniques and ingredients. Located above the dramatic and breathtaking restaurant, is a second-floor nightclub and event space, which offers a one-of-a-kind experience for both planners and patrons alike. TAO is positioned to offer the perfect home for events and group dining of all sizes – from 10 to 1800.

Located in Chicago’s South loop, we offer creative Spanish tapas, unique cocktails, and a lively atmosphere! Whether you’re dining with friends and family, exploring on a first date, or planning your next big event, Tapas Valencia is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. We carry on the tradition of great food and service that was started at our original location, Mesón Sabika in Naperville.

Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse embraces a time-honored tradition of churrasco-style cooking, adopted from the gauchos of Southern Brazil. The fixed-price menu features continuous servings of perfectly seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage all slow-roasted over an open-flame and carved at the table by the restaurant’s experienced gauchos. Additionally, Texas de Brazil boasts an extravagant gourmet salad area containing more than 50 fresh items such as grilled vegetables, imported cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon, creamy lobster bisque and many more mouthwatering variations of salads and traditional Brazilian sides. Texas de Brazil offers group dining rates, catering packages and takeout options to meet the needs of all diners & occasions.

The Berghoff is a rarity in America’s restaurant industry—100% family-owned and -operated for more than a century. Here you will find a little something for everyone as our menu is made up of Old-World German inspired dishes, American classics, and items that are a tad more contemporary. Come dine and enjoy one of Chicago’s oldest standing and still operational restaurant and bar—be a part of history!

Located in Swissotel Chicago overlooking the Chicago River, with views of Navy Pier and The Magnificent Mile, The Palm Chicago enjoys a truly fantastic setting in the heart of the city we’ve called home for over 35 years. Our Legendary Steakhouse is not only famous for its Prime Aged Steaks, Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobsters and classic Italian specialties, but also for its unwavering attention to friendly, personal service.

The Signature Room at the 95th®

www.signatureroom.com875 N Michigan Ave312-787-9596

Located atop the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th® offers diners exquisite food, superb service, and a dazzling skyline view. The elegant wood designs and art deco interior create an inviting and intimate atmosphere, while the floor-to-ceiling windows exhibit the stunning Chicago skyline and 360 degree views of the entire city. Visit for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch and experience why The Signature Room® is “the restaurant Chicago looks up to.

The Windsor, opened in Summer 2015, is newest member of the 4 Star Restaurant Group (owners of Crosby’s Kitchen, The Smoke Daddy, Dunlay’s, DOC Wine Bar, Frasca and Remington’s). The menu was created by Chef Todd Stein with a focus on unique and expansive rotisserie options, shareable plates, craft beer and cocktails for lunch, brunch and dinner. Perfect for busy families, professionals, and visitors in the area, the menu also features a selection of fresh options to go.

With a secret alleyway entrance, Three Dots and a Dash is a speakeasy-style take on the traditional tiki bar—ready to transport you to the bygone eras of Trader Vic, Stephen Crane and Don the Beachcomber. Descend underground to discover a retro subterranean hideaway with an island vibe, classic and original tiki cocktails, more than 200 different rums and a small menu of Polynesian-inspired bites.

Tortoise Supper Club is a metropolitan Supper Club serving Steaks, Chops & Fresh Seafood. Tortoise Supper Club offers a signature Chicago experience as the city’s rich heritage is celebrated throughout their warm, vibrant dining room. Round out the full Tortoise Supper Club experience with craft cocktails in the bar and live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights.

Brought to Chicago by the James Beard nominated Concentrics Restaurant Group, VU Chicago is a 13,000 Sq Ft Concept located 22 stories above bustling McCormick Place. VU Offers modern design, a chef driven menu and beverage program and unparalleled views of the lake and downtown. The bird’s eye location is designed for al fresco and indoor drinking, dining, and lounging with soft seating, fire pits, a wood fired oven, and several private event areas such as a karaoke room, board room, and club bar.

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