(Published July 31, 2019)
The Signature Room, the
restaurant located on the 95th floor of the former
John Hancock Center, announced in July the launch of its first exclusive beer
label, Top View Brew. The beer is a result of a partnership with suburban
brewery Crystal Lake Brewing, currently offered exclusively at The Signature
“We have been fans of
Crystal Lake Brewing for quite some time—and their Beach Blonde has been a top
seller for years—so partnering with them on a custom beer was a no-brainer,”
said The Signature Room’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Tricia Bryant. “We hope
Top View Brew will be a beverage that guests want to enjoy not just during the
summer, but all year-round.
Top View Brew is a
golden wheat ale with smooth malt sweetness, low bitterness and a bright lemon
aroma at 4.5 percent alcohol by volume. The brew pairs well with salads, along
with light fish and chicken dishes and can handle spicy foods and cut through
Fire station gets
Ritz-Carlton heron statue
Co. 98, 202 E Chicago Ave., added an historic heron statue to their Chicago
Fire Department Garden in June.
The statue was donated after
an extensive renovation by the Ritz-Carlton. The sculpture of two blue herons
was previously part of the lobby fountain. Ritz-Carlton’s general manager Peter
Simoncelli said the sculpture has been seen in wedding and anniversary photos
dating back to 1975. The heron statue was removed during renovations to the
Ritz-Carlton in 2017.
New restaurant to open
in Northwestern Memorial Hospital
The New York City-based
Craveable Hospitality Group will open a new restaurant on the 18th floor of
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 251 E. Huron later this year.
occupied the space, but closed in 2018.
Craveable declined to
offer any details on the new venture, but as of mid-July, the group had posted
hiring notices for a head chef and staff.
According to the hiring
notice, “The property will be 200 seats with an upscale American a la carte
menu, plus a large catering kitchen and events space, on the outpatient
pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.“
Superintendent Johnson welcome nearly 300 new, promoted officers in Navy Pier
Chicago Mayor Lori
Lightfoot and Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Eddie Johnson
congratulated the newest class of 196 Police Officers and 98 newly promoted
chiefs, deputy chiefs, commanders, lieutenants, sergeants and evidence
technicians in a July 9 ceremony at Navy Pier.
“Today, with their
graduation or promotion, our officers are not only joining or renewing their
commitment to a proud community of brothers and sisters, but they’re also
fulfilling a sense of duty to the city we all love,” Lightfoot said.
“As they embark or continue on this journey, I want all of Chicago’s
officers to know that your city will be with you every step of the way.”
The 196 new police
officers graduating includes 68 percent from minority backgrounds, with 44
percent identifying as Hispanic, 16 percent African-American and 8 percent
Asian-American. In addition, 31 percent of graduates are female.
Approximately 36 percent
of the officers graduated from Chicago Public Schools and 13 percent are
police recruits spent six months at the police academy and they will now begin
their one-year probationary period, which includes three months of training
with a field training officer and district patrol functions.
celebrate Cap Streeter anniversary
In July, dozens of
Streeterville residents gathered at Streeterville Pizzeria and Tap for a Run
A’Ground party to celebrate the anniversary of ‘Cap’ Streeter running aground
in the area.
On July 10, 1866,
Captain George Streeter ran his boat aground in Lake Michigan, in what is now
Streeterville. Over the next fear years, Streeter encouraged developers and
residents to dump debris in the shallow water and eventually he developed the
Gail Spreen, a realtor
with Streeterville Properties, hosted the event, and she called July 10 a
neighborhood holiday. Sculptor Dennis Downes, the artist behind the Streeter
statue on Grand Avenue was on hand as was Alderman Brian Hopkins, who dressed
as Streeter and channeled the neighborhood founder.
“Many fine things
happened on this day,” Hopkins said. “A future alderman’s mother was born on
Navy Pier breaks ground
on first pier hotel
Developers broke ground
in mid-July on the first hotel on Navy Pier. ACRON, a real estate investment
firm; Maverick Hotels & Restaurants, a hotel management and development
company and Navy Pier are developing the project.
The property, scheduled
to open spring 2020, will operate under the exclusive Curio Collection by
Hilton, which includes more than 50 independent hotels around the world.
The new hotel will be
located adjacent to Festival Hall at the eastern end of the complex. The hotel
will offer 222 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase views of
the city’s famed skyline, Lake Michigan and the Pier. The hotel will also offer
a first floor restaurant, a fitness center and a 30,000-square-foot rooftop
restaurant, bar and event space.
Officials said the hotel
development has already led to 600 construction jobs and is expected to create
300 permanent positions.
A Dallas Ferris wheel
operator aims to break Navy Pier ride record
According to the Dallas
Observer, the operator of a Dallas-based Ferris wheel aims to break the world
record for longest Ferris wheel ride. According to the Guinness Book of World
Records, the record for the longest ride is currently held by Clinton Shepherd,
a park operations manager at Navy Pier, who, in 2014, rode the Pier’s Ferris
wheel for two days, eight minutes and 25 seconds.
Now, Ferris Wheelers
Backyard and BBQ in Dallas is seeking applications for anyone willing to take a
“We’ve put some feelers
out there to see if we could get the public interested in breaking the record,”
said Phillip Schanbaum, in the Dallas Observer. Schanbaum is the co-owner of
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ. “We want to give ourselves a bit of a cushion
on the time, so we’re going for 72 hours. We need to do a little bit more
research on some of the stipulations for Guinness, but to our knowledge, there
is a five-minute break per hour.”
spokesperson for the Navy Pier, Payal Patel, wished the Dallas operater all the
“While Clinton Shepherd
is no longer an employee at Navy Pier, we are still very proud of the world
record he set on the Pier’s behalf in 2014,” Patel said. “Navy Pier extends its
best wishes to the individual in Dallas seeking to set a new record for the
longest ride on an amusement park attraction.”
In June the Pier got its
second Guiness Book of World Records entry after its rooftop deck, Offshore
opened. The size of a football field, the deck is—so far—the biggest deck in
Chicago’s Art Cows
returned home in July
Two decades after Chicago’s
Cows on Parade exhibit launched the international Cow Parade craze in the
United States, the city’s decorative fiberglass cows were rounded up for July
and set on display at Jane M. Byrne Plaza, next to the Chicago Water
The cows were decorated
by area artists and auctioned off for charity, and the parade set off a trend
of copycat cities across the United States. Today, the cows are owned by
various businesses and art collectors across the region, but for the 20th
anniversary of the project, the Magnificent Mile Association reached out to a
handful of owners who agreed to let the cows out on loan for a month as part of
the “Cows Come Home” seasonal art project.
Adam Skaf, a spokesperson for the association,
said August marks the 150th anniversary of the Chicago Water Tower, so
pedestrians can expect to discover more than 25 five-foot models of the tower
along Michigan Avenue all month long.