• Opening the Doors to the Past at Lincoln Park Zoo

     
    POSTED December 11, 2017
     

    Cafe Brauer is adding to its 100-year life with its latest renovations.

On the edge of Lincoln Park Zoo is a stunning red brick, green roof structure that hosts myriad events from private galas to movie premiere receptions. But Cafe Brauer’s history dates back more than 100 years ago when it was originally a popular restaurant owned and operated by the Brauer family, as seen in this photo. Though the dining business closed in the 1940s, it was still top of mind for many local historians that praised its Prairie School style of architecture earning the building a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as well as Chicago landmark status in 2003. After a number of renovations, today Cafe Brauer can accommodate up to 250 for a seated dinner. The original architecture and skylights, as well as accompanying modern décor featuring chandeliers, flowering centerpieces and candlelight still hints at its gilded past. 

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.