Thursday, August 06, 2020

Offshore - the World's Largest Rooftop Deck - Hosts Paint & Sip and Floral Arrangement Classes This Month (Chicago, IL.)


Offshore Partners with Pinot’s Palette for two Monet-Inspired Skyline Painting Events – August 13 and August 27 
Offshore has partnered with Pinot’s Palette to bring locals two Monet-inspired sunset skyline painting parties on Thursday, August 13 and August 27. Led by Pinot’s Palette's talented local artist while enjoying the wine of your choice provided by Offshore Rooftop & Bar, these classes will be hosted in anticipation of the Art Institute's Monet and Chicago Exhibit opening on September 5, 2020. Tickets are $62 per person plus tax, and include paint supplies, canvas, aprons, and two glasses of house red, white, or rose wine. Additional drinks are also available for purchase.
Tickets are rain or shine and non-refundable. If there is inclement weather that day, Offshore will move the events indoors. Tickets are available to purchase on Eventbrite
Offshore & Maison Du Prince Host Bubbles & Blossoms Flower Arrangement Classes – August 16 and August 30
The rooftop hotspot is also offering a fun Sunday afternoon activity by partnering with Ramsey J Prince from Maison Du Prince to host two exclusive Bubbles & Blossoms flower arrangement classes on Sunday, August 16 and August 30. 
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., participants will be walked through a one-hour class that includes tips and tricks from industry expert Ramsey as he helps you recreate the perfect flower arrangement to add a little life to your home this summer. Tickets are $100 each, and include two complimentary glasses of bubbles, and flowers to use during the class and to take home. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events >> Blues Music edition of "Millennium Park at Home" starts tonight

If you're missing this year's Chicago Blues Festival, check out these online concerts (Friday through Sunday at 6pm) by some of Chicago's best Blues artists.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events | 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

The Conservation Center >> July at The Center: Dive into Historic Treasures

July at The Center
We're diving into historic objects this month, both cultural and sentimental alike. First, lean into summer with a Chicago classic: a Vienna Beef sign from Maxwell Street. Then, read about the conservation of two horse and rider sculptures from China, a symbolic piece with an incredible recovery.  Next, take a peek inside a family recipe book and learn about the treatment of a precious heirloom.  Finally, scroll down for a video of the beginning of the treatment of a Buddhist temple!

A Maxwell Street Polish, Keeping Chicago History Alive

We were honored when the Maxwell Street Foundation brought in a treasure from a bygone era: a hand-painted Vienna Beef pressboard sign.

Terracotta Warriors Ride Again

Horses have a special place in Chinese history.  When a set of  horses and riders arrived at The Center, we knew we were working with something special.

Preserving a Family Recipe Book

Sometimes the most special projects are the ones focused on family heirlooms. A recipe book we recently had the honor of treating is the perfect example: deeply sentimental, an homage to past generations’ day-to-day lives, and in need of preservation for future generations’ continued enjoyment.
Watch our talented conservators work on a new project: conserving a Buddhist temple. Stay tuned next month for more details on this project!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District Officially Open to Public in Historic Architectural Landmark, Cook County Hospital (Chicago, IL.)

With significant roots in Chicago dating back to 1857, the wonderfully preserved hospital has been transformed into a 210-suite and guest room Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District
 Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District, the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels located in Chicago, has officially opened its doors to the public today, Tuesday, July 28, in the Beaux-Arts classical-style landmark formerly the site of the remarkable 106-year old Cook County Hospital, at 1835 W. Harrison St. on the near west side. The hotels are operated by Aimbridge Hospitality. 
“We are beyond thrilled to finally open our doors to the public today,” said General Manager Nilesh Pandey. “This special project has been a long time in the making, and we look forward to everyone seeing how we maintained the beautiful history within the building, while also creating a welcoming and warm space for families visiting loved ones in the medical district, as well as travelers coming from near and far.”
This 342,000 square foot adaptive reuse project is part of a $1 billion multiphase plan spearheaded by Murphy Development Group, Walsh Investors, and MB Real Estate. SOM and Walsh Construction, in a design build collaboration, as well as, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., and KOO came together to restore the building, which features over 4,000 sq. feet of meeting space, open concept public spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, 75,000 SF medical offices with Cook County Health, a daycare with Bright Horizons, and a museum paying tribute to the hospital’s legacy. 
Located in the epicenter of one of the most robust medical districts in the world, Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District embodies the sense of rebirth of a true landmark, a resurgence of life and a sense of inclusion in the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Closeto many well-known medical institutions including Rush University Medical Center, the Cook County Hospital is the symbolic heart of the Illinois Medical District that consists of over 560 acres of medical facilities and labs, with over 29,000 employees and 50,000 daily visitors. With close proximities to the United Center, Fifth Third Arena – Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink, UIC and Rush University, the hotels serve not only the medical district, but also anyone else traveling in and out of town for upcoming events, leisure and much more. 
Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University Districtoffers the following, with safety guidelines in place to adhere to the health and well-being of all guests:
  • 103 spacious guest rooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guest rooms
  • Necessities program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
  • Event Spaces with more than 4,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space  
  • Fitness Center featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens and free ear buds 

Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District
 also offers:
  • 107 stylish apartment-style Kitchen Suites with fully-fitted kitchens, comfy living rooms, spacious bedrooms and stylish bathrooms with complimentary skin and hair care amenities from KenetMD™
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guest rooms
  • 24-hour Workout Room to keep fitness routines going
  • Gathering Rooms with more than 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces, a thoughtful food and beverage menu, audiovisual equipment and a House Host to make sure events are a success
  • Borrows Menu with often-forgotten items from phone charges to razors
  • A Very Important Resident (VIR) program, which includes a complimentary welcome amenity, H Bar dining credit, laundry credit, and other personalized perks, for guests staying 21 or more consecutive nights
  • Additional conveniences, including 24-hour Guest Laundry 
  • A pet-friendly policy that welcomes dogs or cats 
Reservations with opening rates/offers are now available. Please click here for more details. 

About Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University DistrictLocated in the epicenter of one of the most robust medical districts in the world, the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District, is a beautifully converted hotel, formerly the site of the 106-year old Cook County Hospital, located at 1835 W. Harrison St. on the near west side. With historic roots in Chicago dating back to 1857, this project is now part of a $1 billion multiphase plan led by Murphy Development and Walsh Group to revitalize the abandoned space and its surrounding community, while also conserving and protecting the historical pieces that have been rooted here for over 160 years. The wonderfully preserved hospital has been transformed into a 210-suite and guest room hotel, featuring 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a tribute museum, medical office space, and more. With close proximities to many well-known institutions including UIC and Rush University, the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District will serve not only the medical district, but also anyone else traveling in and out of town for upcoming conventions, citywide events, leisure and more. 
About Aimbridge Hospitality
Aimbridge Hospitality is the leading, global, third-party hotel management company operating branded full service, select service, luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels. Aimbridge merged with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2019, and now represents a premium portfolio of more than 1,400 branded and independent properties in 49 states and 20 countries. For more information, please visit   
About Murphy Real Estate Services
Murphy Real Estate Services, LLC generates development opportunities in the multifamily, hospitality and office sectors across the country. Through solid investment strategies and extensive due diligence, the dynamic development team identifies, evaluates and executes projects by combining sound financial modelling, economic analysis and entrepreneurial creativity. Over the last decade, Murphy RES has successfully completed over 2.5 million square feet of new development. Currently, MDG is leading a $1 billion, multi-phase development within the Illinois Medical District, which includes Old Cook County Hospital; developing Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Building; and planning the development of two new office towers in downtown Chicago. For more information, visit 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Launch of New Products Review on Plantbased Business Hour



New Products Review: A Special Series on
The Plantbased Business Hour

Airing Live on Tuesdays and Thursday on the JaneUnChained News Network Facebook Page and the Elysabeth Alfano LinkedIn Page at 1PM PT. 
CHICAGO / LOS ANGELES - Beginning immediately, The PLANTBASED BUSINESS HOUR (PBH), hosted by plant-based journalist, news expert, radio host and TV Chef/Producer, Elysabeth Alfano, will launch a new weekly segment: New Products Review (NPR).  Every week on NPR on PBH, Alfano will taste, rate and review a new vegan product to let viewers know what must-have products are hitting the market.

Is it 'To-Die-For?', 'Can't-Live-Without?', 'Game-Changing?', 'For Vegans Everywhere?', 'Fake Out Your Meat-Eaters?' or 'Not Ready for Prime Time?'   Coupled with fun graphics and gifs, energy and fanfare, the new segment highlights soon-to-be-released vegan products and how to get them.

After each tasting segment, Elysabeth sits down remotely with the company's CEO to discuss the trials and tribulations of getting to market, unexpected hurdles, expected growth, their tips for entrepreneurs and investors and their predictions for the plant-based market.  Alfano ends every show with her iconic questions, "What do you wish you knew 10 years ago that you know now?", "What phrase do you rely on to get your through a bad day?", "What are your predictions for the plant-based future in the next 3-5 years?" and "What is your favorite snack?"

Upcoming featured products and CEOs are Bill Glazer, Co-Founder of Outstanding Foods with Pig Out Pork Rinds, Greg Steltenpohl, Founder of Califia Farms with their new plant-based butters, Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia of Plantable with their new line of healthy meal service entrees and Co-Founder Mitchell Scott of the recently IPO'd Canadian company, Very Good Butchers, with their line of vegan meats.  Past guests on the Plantbased Business hour have been Before the Butcher's, Danny O'Malley, Clear Current Capital Venture Fund Manager, Curt Albright, CEO of Beyond Investing, Claire Smith,  Miyoko Schinner of Miyokos Cheese and Chuck Muth of Beyond Meat.

Alfano started the Plantbased Business Hour at the onset of COVID-19. “During this time of incredible stress and worry, many people want news and insight as to how things will be different in the future so that we don’t find ourselves right back in this same position. Investors and consumers are interested in the plant-based arena as they search for healthier options, a safer food supply and the money-making future of food. The Plantbased Business Hour and my interviews on same give the leaders in this sector a platform to share their strategies and advancements in plant-based innovation with the general public, while also giving an insight into their personalities and quirks which make the businesses run."

As noted above, in addition to NPR on PBH, Elysabeth speaks with venture capitalists, CEOs, innovators, analysts, entrepreneurs, and more.  The conversations cover a myriad of topics from impact investing to the newest plant-based and cellular agriculture innovations... and now taste tests!

Plant-based business represents not only big money, but also the big solution for a healthier food supply. Meat-borne pathogens are an expensive threat to our physical, financial and mental health, as we are currently experiencing with Coronavirus.  During COVID-19, plant-based products have soared.  Accoring to Nielsen, plant-based products experienced a growth of 240% for a 13-week period ending May 30 as compared to the same period in 2019, and more investment dollars were spent in the first quarter of 2020 than all of 2019, according to the Good Food Institute.

To keep your finger on the pulse of the dynamic, money-making, plant-based business world, tune in live every Tuesday and Thursday at 1PM PT on the Jane UnChained News Network Facebook Page and The Plantbased Business Hour LinkedIn Page.  Episodes are archived on and the Plantbased Business Hour Podcast,

For questions or interview requests, contact

Elysabeth Alfano (image below):  With 10 years in radio, TV, podcasting and print journalism, and winning awards for same, Elysabeth Alfano launched the Awesome Vegans Podcast and Video Series on WGN Radio. She is also a plant-based news, food and lifestyle expert on radio and TV stations around the nation. She had a recurring segment on WCPT Radio entitled, Food and Politics, reports for the #JaneUnChained Digital News Network and contributes to vegconomist-the vegan business magazine, The Beet and periodically to NPR's KCRW (Los Angeles) as a plant-based reporter. Her weekly radio show, The Elysabeth Alfano Show, is the first mainstream plant-based radio show in the U.S on WCGO and the Smart Talk Radio Network. Elysabeth launched to Plantbased Business Hour in March of 2020.

Elysabeth spices things up as The Silver-Chic Chef in her on-line cooking series and has done plant-based cooking demonstrations on WCIU-TV, Good Morning LALALand and WGN-TV.  She is one of the Executive Producers and a Featured Chef on the new Amazon Prime Cooking Series, New Day New Chef.

She is a public speaker at food festivals and summits on the physical, mental, business, political and environmental benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. For the full bio, click here.

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