Illinois

Chicago Magic Lounge is About to Draw the Curtain

Chicago Magic Lounge will soon unveil their bag of tricks with a grand opening in January 2018. As a true testament to Chicago’s rich magic history, the luxurious new entertainment center in Andersonville will dazzle guests with secret entrances, an art deco-style magic lounge featuring a vintage 1920s speakeasy performance bar, a 120-seat cabaret theater with an overlooking mezzanine level and an exclusive close-up performance space that seats 40.

Aloha Poke Expands Across the Country

Chicago's Aloha Poke Co. has announced new locations in Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Minnesota (Minneapolis), Southern California (Marina Del Rey, Costa Mesa, San Diego and Los Angeles), three locations in Miami and one in Washington D.C. Since its opening in March 2016 in the Chicago French Market, has expanded around Illinois, and plans to open in Denver were made earlier this year.

Signature Drink: Paper Airplane

Nestle into fall with this frothy whiskey drink from Marshall’s Landing. The “Paper Airplane” is just one of many craft cocktails offered by the new lounge and restaurant located in the Merchandise Mart. Customers will also find chef-inspired seasonal menus, artisanal coffee and a fullservice bar in a casual, vibrant atmosphere. The spot, named for the famous Marshall Field and operated by the DMK Restaurant group, also has catering options, private meeting selections and customized event spaces available.

Jar Bar Serves Desserts in Easy-to-Serve Glass Jars

Business has been booming at Jar Bar since they opened in downtown Northbrook in May. Hungry customers are reeling over the deliciously hip meals from the healthy, fast-casual restaurant that prepares all options in creative packaging. Now, event planners can also join in the fun with the Cake Jar catering program, offering customizable dessert options in convenient glass jars that have various layers outfitted with company or wedding colors. 

Portillo's Announces Maple Grove Location

Portillo's Chicago-style restaurant, which recently opened its first Minnesota location in Woodbury, has announced details on its newest location on Elm Creek Blvd., in Maple Grove. Portillo's currently has 50 locations in seven states.

Chateau on the Lake Resort Names New Managers

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center has added Gayla Welsh as corporate sales manager, and Jessica Wrenfrow as event sales manager.

Meet Sheila Lakhani Gilani, Lakhani Hospitality

If the walls could talk at the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Niles, it would tell the incredible story of the family behind Lakhani Hospitality that owns and operates a small portfolio of hotels in the Chicagoland area. Chief Operating Officer Sheila Lakhani Gilani proudly tells the story of her father, Mansoorali, who left his home in Pakistan at the young age of 19 with just a few dollars in his pocket.

Director's Circle Package Now Available at Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District

Starting June 13, Chicago's newest contemporary hotel, Cambria Chicago Loop – Theatre District now offers the Director's Circle Package. Managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the Cambria Chicago has 199 stylish gues trooms; a game room with shuffleboard, foosball and TVs; a fitness center; 2,600 square feet of function space with AV capabilities, customizable menus and valet parking; and two luxurious suites, where one has an 18-foot high original cathedral window.

Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

February marked the 20th anniversary of the Grand Chef’s Gala, an annual black tie event that benefits the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This special “Platinum Affair” continued the tradition of the popular event, which, in addition to being a major fundraiser, is also regarded as one of the city’s best culinary gatherings. It draws upwards of 50 noted chefs and mixologists such as Blackbird’s Ryan Pfeiffer, RPM Steak’s Doug Psaltis and Monteverde’s Sarah Grueneberg, who provided signature plates and cocktails. 

Meet Chris Skelding

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Chris Skelding was recently hired as director of sales, marketing and events at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as director of sales, marketing, and events?

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