Friday, September 04, 2020

Offshore, The Largest Rooftop Deck In The World, to Remain Open Following Navy Pier Temporary Closure (Chicago, IL.)


This year-round rooftop destination, which boasts over 56,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, will remain open after September 8 to offer locals a truly unique opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan in the seasons ahead 
(Chicago – September 2020) Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop deck and one of Chicago’s hottest destinations located at Navy Pier, has announced it will be the one establishment on Navy Pier to remain open after September 8. Open from noon until 9 p.m. every week day, 11 a.m. until 10:30p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday, reservations are available via OpenTable for parties of no more than 6 to keep patrons and staff comfortable and safe. Special events will be hosted throughout September including sunset paint and sips and morning fitness classes with mimosas, with more to be finalized in the coming weeks. 
“We are excited to announce we will continue to operate as normal amid the Navy Pier closure on September 8,” said Stephen Stoll, COO of  Maverick Restaurants. “With safety for our patrons at the utmost importance, we hope to continue to welcome in locals looking for a fun way to socially distance while also enjoying all that Offshore has to offer, with events lined up throughout the month that has something for everyone.” 
Offshore will continue to ensure the safety of all guests with safety and sanitation standards in place, along with the current additional measures outlined by the City of Chicago. All guests are required to wear masks upon entry and exit, tables will be spaced at least 7 feet apart and indoor tables within eight feet of a window, and all staff will be temperature checked prior to every shift as well as wearing face masks for the protection of customers. 
Culinary direction for Offshore is led by Executive Chef Michael Shrader, a protégé of Jeremiah Tower who is credited as a pioneer in California cuisine. At Offshore, his focus is on seasonal, modern American cuisine with global influences served as small, shareable plates. New items just added to the menu include Market Fish of the Day, with fingerling potatoes, leeks, oyster mushrooms, and salsa verde; a Smoked Half Chicken, with spicy potatoes, lemon & oregano gremolata; and an 8oz. Filet of Beef, with potato gratin, asparagus, and topped with a red wine sauce. Clay Livingston, formerly Partner and General Manager of Red Herring Lounge and Kitchen in Louisville, has developed and curated the beverage program seasonally, with playful house made craft cocktails, wine, champagne, and strong local craft beer options to choose from. Signature, Instagrammable drinks include a Catch Me Offshore, with Cruzan spiced rum, Cruzan coconut rum, strawberry, and lime; and a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a frozen cocktail with whiskey, mango, ginger, and lemon. 
Offshore’s September calendar of events are as follows, with more to come. Please visit Offshore’s social channels and website for more details:
Families are welcome and  Offshore has also introduced a new childrens’ menu; choice of entree and choice of side for $12. Offshore is easily accessible through the Pier and are providing East Garage Parking Monday to Thursday 0-6 hours for $17, and Friday to Sunday 0-6 hours for $20. Guests can also select Offshore Rooftop from Rideshare App, and be dropped at the North Dock as far east as possible. Please enter Offshore doors on the North Dock at the turnaround point. For more information, please visit
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The Players: 
Navy Pier
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming nearly 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier recently celebrated its 100thanniversary with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial WheelPolk Bros ParkFifth Third Bank Family Pavilionand Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar, a marina and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe.Click hereto donate to Navy Pier, a 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information,
Navy Pier Mission Statement
Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.
ACRON Group, a USA and Swiss based Real Estate Owner and Investment Manager, is developing and building the four-star hotel ‘The Sable at Navy Pier’ coupled with an exclusive rooftop bar called ‘OFFSHORE’.  ‘OFFSHORE’ will be the largest rooftop bar and restaurant in the United States.  According to Greg W. Wilson, President and CEO of ACRON Group’s USA operations, the Hotel along with what will quickly become Chicago’s best-known hotspot, ‘OFFSHORE’, will no doubt be one of the top destinations in Chicago.  Further, Peer Bender, CEO of ACRON AG and responsible for ACRON Group’s operations in Europe, additionally noted that ACRON is particularly unique in that where other companies might see difficulties, we discover untapped potential. To the point, no one has ever built a Hotel and the like of the ‘Offshore’ Roof-Top venue before on the famous Navy Pier.
Development and Design Team and Partners include Robert Habeeb of Maverick Hotels and Restaurants, Marilynn Gardner and Brian Murphy of Navy Pier Authority, Mark Spears of CIBC, Jackie Koo of KOO Architecture, Bob Amick of Concentrics Restaurant Group, Dave Alexander and John Sheridan of James McHugh Construction Company and Curio by Hilton Hotels.  
ACRON Group’s founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Klaus W. Bender said, ‘What has always set ACRON apart is that we do not go where all the others have already been.  Accordingly, a pioneering top position is essential for us.  The Sable at Navy Pier and OFFSHORE represents the quintessential project inspired by ACRON’.  
ACRON Group was founded in 1981 and owns an exceptional and ever-growing group of luxury hospitality investments in Europe and the USA.
Maverick Hotels and Restaurants
Maverick Hotels and Restaurants: World-class operators and experts in their fields, the management team of Maverick will create value at every hotel and restaurant they manage by combining a pervasive sales-driven culture with a proven ability to capture market share and manage middle of the page expenses to drive margins. Successful proprietary tools and systems developed by the team allow the field to operate more efficiently, while a driven owner/entrepreneur mentality keeps a sharp focus on making smart decisions based on what is best for the asset.
Led by President Robert Habeeb, a 35-year hotel veteran, Maverick Hotels and Restaurants offers the expertise to position or reposition an asset through an incredibly talented team of seasoned professionals that head every discipline. Maverick’s unique culture and guiding principles offer a fresh new way of working with a hotel and restaurant management company, not as a traditional “contract party” but as a partner.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

World Premiere! Chicago-made DREAMING GRAND AVENUE debuts at ChiTown Movies on September 23; Music Box Theatre on Friday, Sept. 25 (Chicago, IL.)



A film by Hugh Schulze
99 minutes / English / USA / Not Rated
Press Kit & Stills

World Premiere!
Wednesday, September 23 at ChiTown Movies Drive-In
in partnership with Elevated Films & Music Box Theatre

Select Cast and Crew in Attendance // Post-Film Q&A
Tickets & More Information

Opens Exclusively in Chicago
Friday, September 25 at Music Box Theatre
(in-person and via virtual cinema)

**A screening link is available for reviews, features and interviews.**
Reviews are embargoed until Monday, September 21.
Writer/director Hugh Schulze as well as select cast and crew are available for video/phone interviews. 

Camera crews and media welcome at World Premiere event to cover arrivals, event and post-film Q&A; please reply to this email to make arrangements.
Though they’ve never crossed paths in waking life, Maggie (Andrea Londo) and Jimmy (Jackson Rathbone) keep meeting in dreams, a subconscious realm that both mystifies and confounds. Each recently devastated by loss and struggling to find meaning in any of it, fate has undeniably tied the two dreamers together in ways they don’t yet comprehend. Set in Chicago, a city as magical as any dreamscape and teeming with collective memories, tragedies, hopes and desires, these unresolved traumas—both individual and shared—are no longer wounds to be endured silently, asleep or awake.

In Dreaming Grand Avenue, a film that asks as many questions as it answers, the experience becomes the very way through the confusion, pain and disconnection that haunts us. As Maggie and Jimmy navigate their anguish—with help from a dream detective, a sleep scientist and even the poet Walt Whitman himself—they’ll discover not only the truth of their own linked destiny, but that of the waking world, too.

Written and Directed by Hugh Schulze
Starring Jackson Rathbone, Andrea Londo, Tony Fitzpatrick, Wendy Robie
Produced by Brian Hieggelke, Jan Hieggelke
Cinematography by Christopher Rejano
Edited by Joseph Rabig
Music by Seth Boustead
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Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE Announce New and Reimagined Jazz and World Music Events


The Year of Chicago Music will celebrate Chicago’s Jazz and World Music Festivals with virtual performances over the Labor Day holiday and Sundays throughout September 

  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today new and reimagined Jazz and World Music events as part of the Year of Chicago Music – now extended into 2021.

“Music has long been our universal language and the common thread that ties people together across culture, time, and now, more than ever, physical distance,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “These creative renditions of this year's Jazz and World Music events will provide ways for people to enjoy the spirit of a Chicago festival season while prioritizing health and safety. As the birthplace of Gospel and House music, electric Blues and modern Jazz, Chicago’s sounds and melodies reflect the diversity and dynamism of the people and communities we all call home.”

Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Jazz and the Virtual World Music Festival are part of a robust calendar of virtual events honoring many of Chicago’s beloved festivals that were canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors. Additionally, while Millennium Park remains open and Chicago City Markets continue this fall – permitted special events are canceled and the Chicago Cultural Center will remain closed through the end of this year as part of the City’s comprehensive COVID-19 response plan. 

The Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Jazz” series will offer four days of free, virtual performances programmed with the Jazz Institute of Chicago over Labor Day Weekend starting Thursday, September 3 through Sunday, September 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Jazz will feature top local and national Jazz artists and include special performances by Chicago artists Tito Carillo and Rempis, Reid, Abrams (September 3), Victor Garcia and Bobby Broom (September 4), Reggie Thomas and Marlene Rosenberg (September 5), and Twin Talk and Bethany Pickens (September 6). Each evening will also showcase the NextGenJazz emerging artist series, highlights from the Chicago Jazz Festival archives, and performances co-presented with local music organizations and filmed at music venues. This program is made possible with support from Millennium Park Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). For the complete lineup and details, visit

The reimagined “Virtual World Music Festival Chicago” will offer a series of free concerts featuring artists from across the globe each Sunday in September from 1 to 3 p.m. Highlights include the annual celebration of Indian classical music, Ragamala: A Centennial Tribute to Ravi Shankar (September 6) recorded at the Chicago Cultural Center and co-curated with People of Rhythm; Afro-Diáspora y Folklore (September 13) recorded and co-curated with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center; the Chicago-based traditional Irish supergroup Anam Mór (September 20) recorded at and co-curated with Martyrs’, and the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra (September 27) recorded at Epiphany Center for the Arts and co-conducted by Fareed Haque and Wanees Zarour. This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). For the complete lineup and details, visit

Both virtual concert series will air on and follow a busy summer season of more than 150 new and reimagined DCASE events that included many other virtual concerts, at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, farmers markets, and 21 community meals for frontline workers. To date, the Department’s virtual events have had a combined online audience of more than 365,000 views. Since April, DCASE has booked more than 100 musicians and provided nearly $2 million in financial relief specifically to Chicago musicians and music organizations – in partnership with the local philanthropic community including Arts for Illinois.

“During these Years of Chicago Music, DCASE and our partners are committed to showcasing and lifting up the incredible musicians, organizations, and venues that comprise our diverse and legendary music scene,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of DCASE. “While celebrating Chicago’s rich music legacy, we will also welcome artists from across the globe virtually, because music has the power to unite us.”

Additionally, a new fall series of hybrid in-person/virtual events showcasing Chicago musicians at neighborhood clubs and music venues will be announced soon.

Other DCASE venue, programming and permitting updates include:
  • Following the City and State guidelines for Phase 4 reopening, DCASE will not issue Special Events Permits for outdoor festivals, athletic events, and non-essential markets including Maxwell Street Market through the end of this year. (Last year, there were 182 permitted special events September – December 2019.)
  • Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials to avoid non-essential gatherings and any gatherings larger than 10 individuals, Block Party Permits are not being issued by CDOT through the end of this year.
  • The Chicago Film Office will continue permitting film crews in accordance with the Restore Illinois Film Production Guidelines and the City of Chicago's Be Safe Film and Television Production Guidelines. The Film Office is also co-presenting online events for the local industry. Visit for details.
  • Chicago Cultural Center will remain closed to the public through the end of this year, although DCASE and its partners will continue to present virtual tours and programs. Clarke House Museum, Expo 72, and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower will also remain closed through the end of this year.
  • Millennium Park remains open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., for groups of 10 persons or fewer who practice physical distancing and wear face coverings. Visit for information about where to enter/exit the park, which facilities are open, and upcoming virtual events.
  • “Millennium Park at Home: Workouts” will continue on Saturdays, August 22 and 29 (8–9 a.m.) at
  • Chicago City Markets continue through October 2020, increasing neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food. DCASE is taking necessary precautions to encourage social distancing and protect the safety of customers and vendors. Visit for schedule and details. Maxwell Street Market will remain closed through the end of this year.
  • The “Teen Arts Tuesdays” virtual events series presented by DCASE with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center will continue on August 25 and September 1 (6–7 p.m.) at
  • Part of Night Out in the Parks, Drive-In Movies presented by the Chicago Park District and DCASE continue on August 20 at 8 p.m. (Riis Park, “Akeelah and the Bee”), August 25 at 8 p.m. (Humboldt Park, “The Secret Life of Bees”), and August 27 at 8 p.m. (Calumet Park, “The Last Dragon”). Movies are free, but pre-registration is required. Visit for details.

2020 Year of Chicago Music 
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2020 and 2021 as the Year of Chicago Music. This citywide focus on music is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. The City of Chicago and its partners are working with the local music industry to launch a marketing campaign for Chicago music; provide additional financial grants for musicians and music projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the music industry. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the music industry has moved away from live events to #dostuffathome. In support of the live music industry, DCASE has partnered with Do312 to highlight local music venues with musicians now sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago" on virtual platforms. Start exploring “Music in the  Key of Chicago" at and, and join the conversation on social media using #YearofChicagoMusic and #ChicagoMusic. 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, 78 E Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, United States

The Conservation Center >> August at The Center: Bringing a Butsudan Back to Life, Conserving a Family Photo Album, and a Visit from Elmer the Giraffe

August at The Center
As a heatwave rolls through Chicago, our conservators have been busy in the laboratory, working on projects both incredibly intricate -- and incredibly fun. This month, read about the revival of a Japanese Butsudan, flip through the pages of a photo album conserved by our Paper and Books Department, and learn about the treatment of a delightful giraffe sculpture.
Click each image to learn more, then scroll down to watch a dramatic timelapse!
Watch this oil painting of the Vatican City transform before your eyes! 

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