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OFFSHORE, THE LARGEST ROOFTOP DECK IN THE WORLD, TO REMAIN OPEN FOLLOWING NAVY PIER TEMPORARY CLOSURE
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.
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.”
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.
September calendar of events are as follows, with more to come. Please
visit Offshore’s social channels and website for more details:
Junior League of Chicago & Pure Barre Fundraising Pop Up Event: 9/20
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 www.drinkoffshore.com.
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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 Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth 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, visitwww.navypier.org.
Navy Pier Mission Statement
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
ABOUT THE FILM 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
MAYOR LIGHTFOOT AND DCASE ANNOUNCE NEW AND REIMAGINED JAZZ AND WORLD MUSIC EVENTS
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
“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
“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 MillenniumPark.org.
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 WorldMusicFestivalChicago.org.
Both virtual concert series will air on YouTube.com/ChicagoDCASE
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
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 ChicagoFilmOffice.us for
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 MillenniumPark.org 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 Facebook.com/MillenniumParkChicago.
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
ChicagoCityMarkets.us 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
ChicagoParkDistrict.com/movies-parks 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 withmusicians now sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago" on virtual platforms. Start exploring “Music in the Key of Chicago" at yearofchicagomusic.organd do312.com/yearofchicagomusic, 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.gov/dcase.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, 78 E Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, United States
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
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!
Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art
conservation laboratory in the country. With 37 years of experience, The
Center is a leader in the field of art preservation, evolving new
treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-changing art world. We
have cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious
private collections, museums, galleries, insurance companies, and