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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is in the News

In just a short time, The Godfrey Chicago Hotel is already garnering rave reviews as Chicago’s newest and most exciting luxury hotel.

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The Vegetarian Tourist - Chicago Happenings-October Recap

So, it should be pretty apparent by now that I’m kind of obsessed with Dolce Italian in the Godfrey Hotel. I’ve previously written about their fabulous secret pizza and today I’m writing about their new brunch service.

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Michigan Ave - Dolce Italian Fetes National Pizza Day; Bloody Mary Towers for Brunch at Bar Toma

Honor National Pizza Day at Dolce Italian with exclusive pricing on the Startufata pizza. The unique, star-shaped pie has earned some social media buzz thanks to its Instagram-worthy good looks, and its whipped ricotta cheese-filled crust topped with bianca, speck, spicy salami, and a drizzle of truffle oil. November 12, 5-8 p.m.

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Gapers Block - Thanksgiving Dining Round-Up in Chicago

Dolce Italian in River North will be offering a $60/person prix fixe menu on Thursday from 2 to 9pm. Diners begin the meal with antipasti starters (chestnut soup or salad), followed by pasta, including butternut squash ravioli. The main course will include roasted turkey, plus additional meat-centric dishes. Desserts include an apple tart with vanilla ice cream. 

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Chicago Eater - Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, November 2015

Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but we're here to give it all the attention it deserves. The Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap has been updated to show the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. This month's additions include Mexican farm-to-table eatery Cantina 1910, stylish Dolce Italian and the newest location of Lettuce Entertain You's popular Beatrix.

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Dining Chicago - Brunch Bites: La Stanza Ristorante and Dolce Italian

Dolce Italian has taken the leap to up the ante on its breakfast menu with a full-fledged weekend brunch menu. Expect items like the Dolce "Benny" with poached eggs and ciabatta bread and the brunch pizza with sausage and egg. Bellinis, mimosas, and Bloody Marys are on hand for imbibing. There's also a "Bubbles Package" for $19 per person.

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Hotel News Now - Straight-to-room is coming...and I can't wait

But just over the hill, straight-to-room keyless entry allows guests to check-in to their hotel, select a oom and receive an encrypted passkey that is sent to their smartphone.

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Chicago Tribune - Breakfast with Ina: 3 Great Hotel Spots to Start Your Mornings

I remember clearly the first time I had breakfast in a hotel dining room. There was a certain magic to taking the lobby elevator to another floor and getting off in an elegant carpeted hallway that led to a host desk where a uniformed person with a welcoming smile and quiet tone greeted me. I entered a sun-lit, serene and sedate room, with well-spaced tables covered in heavy damask, with not a crease in sight.

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Chicago Tribune - Dolce Italian Celebrates National Pizza Day by Slicing Prices

Today is National Pizza Day, which is pretty lame as national days go (spoiler alert: they're all lame). But it's as good enough reason as any to remind ourselves of Chicago's incredible pizza bounty. One of the oddest, yet satisfying pies in town is the "stelle" pizza at Dolce Italian.

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Check, Please! - A Thanksgiving with Flair at Dolce Italian

Diners enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with an Italian flair. The meal kicks off with antipasta starters and Chestnut Soup or the Autumn Salad, followed by a variety of pasta dishes, including Butternut Squash Ravioli. The main course offers a Roasted Turkey. An assortment of four desserts is offered, including Apple Tart with vanilla ice cream.

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USA Today Travel - Winter Ready Rooftop Bars and Bites

These popular rooftops around the country have made it possible for guests to enjoy stunning views with a drink in hand or bite to eat regardless of the weather, thanks to retractable roofs, indoor lounges and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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SHOWBIZ Shelly - Lot of Celebs Spend Halloween at The Godfrey Hotel

On Saturday, a few celebs couldn’t stay away from the Haunted Hotel party at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago on Halloween. Here’s a list of the stars spotted at the upscale/trendy hotel this weekend!

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Life 4 Travels - Chicago Hotels- Fall Travel Guide 2015

The City of the Big Shoulders, as Chicago was notoriously dubbed by poet Carl Sandburg, is flaunting some serious culture cred this autumn with launches of eateries from star chefs, boutique hotels, as well as an important architectural occasion. Lovers of autumn leaf will not need to miss a brand new hiking trail, also, snug in the center of the city.

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Ginsberg's - Giant Group Cocktails Fiiling Sizable Niche

We all make “giant” cocktail pitchers for parties in our own home, why not have them as an option when going out? A growing trend in bars and restaurants across the country is group cocktails, or alcoholic drinks large enough to share among a small, or sometimes even large, group.

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Crain's Chicago Business - When Fundraising Comes Second

Fashion and Cocktails will feature a fashion show, music and plenty of food and drink at Godfrey Hotel's rooftop lounge. 

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Chicago Tribune - Around Town: Elena Delle Donne featured in Nike's 'Snow Day" ad

Elena Delle Donne put on her mean face for Nike's new "Snow Day" commercial. It didn't come easy. The Chicago Sky star and 2015 WNBA MVP said she and U.S. women's soccer star Sydney Leroux had trouble mean mugging for the camera.

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Chicago Tribune - Sighting: Taraji P. Henson Dressed as Cheetah for Chicago Halloween Party

Sophia Bush who dressed as Uma Thurman's over-dosing character from "Pulp Fiction" and her "Chicago P.D." co-Stars Jesse Lee Soffer and Marina Squerciati were spotted Saturday at Nellcote and IO in the Godfrey Hotel.

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Choose Chicago - 2016 Guide: Best Things to do on New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve 2016 at I|O Urban Roofscape in The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, guests can enjoy bottle service, a late night snack, live music and more.

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Thrillist- The 13 Best Rooftop Brunches in Chicago 

With the restaurant's grand square footage, IO Urban Roofscape’s booths have plenty of leg room to enjoy as you tackle items like lobster Benedict, smoked salmon salad, and brioche French toast with maple syrup and caramelized bananas. There’s also nothing stopping you from ordering prime beef sliders with bacon jam once you’re a few bellinis deep.

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The Real Chicago- The Great Outdoors: We asked Chicagoans for some of their favorite outdoor venues to grab a bite or drinks this summer

A couple of my favorite outdoor hotspots are the IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel and the patio at Kirkwood. The Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop is great for a swankier downtown experience, while Kirkwood’s patio is great for a more casual and laid-back vibe.

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CheatSheet- 6 Legendary Hotel Bars Every Stylish Man Must Visit

IO at the Godfrey Hotel is definitely a sleek and stylish bar every man must visit in Chicago. IO, located on the fourth floor of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, presents the largest indoor-outdoor lounge and bar space in Chicago. IO offers year-round, dramatic south-facing skyline views, which are unobstructed due to the unique design of the hotel’s retractable roof.

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Skift- Is It Crisis Time for HotelTonight or All Systems Go?

Kelly Keegan, revenue manager at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, says she started using HotelTonight about a year and a half ago and found it to be an “instant success.” She incorporates HotelTonight into her everyday strategy.

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Michigan Avenue- 10 Rooftop Brunches to Enjoy Before Summer Ends

Wander up to the swanky fourth floor "roofscape" at the Godfrey Hotel, cozy into one of the spacious white booths, and have your pick of sweet and savory eats like grapefruit brulée, lamb lollichops crusted with bourbon-smoked paprika and orange, brioche French toast decked in caramelized bananas, and more.

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Michigan Avenue- 8 Drinks That Will Change Your Mind About Fruity Cocktails

Spicy Watermelon at IO Godfrey. Available by both the pitcher and the glass, this shaken sipper is one of several chef-created cocktails offered at this airy urban oasis.

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Media Life Magazine- From the Top Agencies to Work for to Salaries to After-Work Spots

Chicago is a big city with hundreds of bars and restaurants, so as you’d expect there are a number of places where media people hang out after work. Buyers say media people favor new places, especially ones with a great view or steakhouses.

A few that made the list from buyers we surveyed: Cerise (at the Virgin Hotel); Howells & Hood (at the Tribune Building); I|O Urban Roofscape (Godfrey Hotel).

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Chicago Tribune- Lolla Sightings: One Direction Members Take in Music Fest

Tweets show pictures of One Direction’s Liam Payne and bandmate Louis Tomlinson at Lolla in Grant Park Saturday. Payne and bandmate Niall Horan watched the big Ronda Rousey-Bethe Correia fight that night at Rockit Bar and Grill. Tomlinson opted for the Lolla after-party at The Godfrey Hotel's IO. 

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The New York Times - Hotel Review: The Godfrey in Chicago

In a city famous for its architectural landmarks, the Godfrey Hotel is one of Chicago's newest. Opened in February 2014 in a recently constructed 16- story building designed by the local architecture firm Valerio Dewalt Train, the upscale hotel boasts a Cubist-inspired facade and a marble-clad elliptical lobby.

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Michigan Avenue - Top 10 Hotel Bars in Chicago

Why should tourists get to have all the fun? Chicago's many chic hotels offer so much more than warm beds and kind concierges; they're home to some of the city's best bars and lounges, too. From killer views to artisan cocktails, these hotel bars are worth a visit.

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Michigan Avenue - Neighborhood Guide: Where to Eat & Drink in River North

Steps from Chicago's top shopping district and across the river from the Loop, River North is smartly positioned as the city's "where business meets pleasure" hood. The dining and drinking scene is an exciting amalgam of places suited for post-work imbibing and post-shopping refueling alike, including an ambitious cocktail bar and a posh, celebrity-owned steakhouse.

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Hotel Management - Consumers' Desire for Unique Cocktails Increases

Cocktails have become a robust and profitable part of the American dining scene, and restaurant and bar operators are drawing on all their creative skills- from dramatic presentations to culinary flourishes to pairing their drinks with food- to distinguish themselves from competitors.

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enRoute - Hotel Review: The Godfrey Hotel

Opened in 2014 in newly hip River North, this 221-room addition to Chicago's skyline sparkles like a giant Tetris game in the night. What we loved- Using the Digital Concierge Mixboard in the lobby and on the fourth floor to retrieve weather, shopping, flight and local information.

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Chicago Eater - Hugo's Oyster Bar Officially Open; Larger Entrees at IO Urban Roofscape; More

River North- IO Urban Roofscape will be launching new menus with full entrees beginning this Sunday. Look for  a new restaurant, Dolce Italian, to open in the near future on the ground floor of the Godfrey Hotel.

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Business Travel Destinations.com - The Godfrey Hotel Chicago Review

Business travelers want a fresh new take on a hotel their stays, and The Godfrey Hotel Chicago provided it. This boutique hotel is chic (opened on February 1, 2014). And its Cubist-influenced exterioir adds to Chicago's famous architecture.

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CHICAGO MAGAZINE - DOLCE ITALIAN WILL DEBUT IN RIVER NORTH THIS SUMMER

Chicago's getting its own offshoot of the Miami-based Italian restaurant, which recently appeared on Bravo's Best New Restaurant. Like Anita Ekberg, Dolce Italian (Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St., no phone yet) plans to make a splash in early summer when it opens in Italian-crowded River North. 

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HOTEL MANAGEMENT - OPENINGS RAISE PROFILE OF HOTEL RESTAURANTS

New York-based LDV Hospitality, in partnership with Chicago-based Oxford Capital Group and Quadrum Global, are opening an Italian restaurant in the Godfrey Hotel Chicago, as reported by Crain's Chicago Business. Dolce Italian is slated to open in late spring. Dolce, which has locations in Miami Beach, Fla., and will soon open in Atlanta, will feature homemade pastas, Neapolitan pizzas, antipasti and veal Milanese.

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BIZ BASH - JANUARY 22, 2015

Dolce Italian restaurant will open at the Godfrey Hotel late this spring. The eatery serves classic Italian fare including pastas, pizzas, and a signature veal Milanese dish.

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TIME OUT - ORDER THE ORDER A GENTLEMAN ORDERS

The most defining feature of the Godfrey Hotel's newest addition is in the name—there's a huge outdoor lounge. Chef Riley Huddleston (The Aviary) presides over a menu of hotel fare, like truffle mac and cheese, Wagyu steak sliders, burgers, sandwiches and a variety of entrees, desserts and cocktails.

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THE DAILY MEAL - CHICAGO'S CHEFS SHARE THEIR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Riley Huddleston, chef of I|O Urban Roofscape: My resolutions are to earn certification as a level 1 sommelier or specialist in spirits; cook at least half of my meals at home (I didn't cook one meal at home in 2014); travel to eat at some of the best restaurants in the country and world; and join a sailing club to have the freedom to sail.

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ZAGAT - DINING DEALS AND EVENTS: EGGNOG, CHAMPAGNE AND FREE DONUTS

Get ready for New Year’s Eve bubbly during I|O Urban Roofscape’s end-of-the-year Champagne Tasting Holiday Party at 6:30 PM. Sip selections from seven of the top champagne houses, while chatting with a variety of representatives.

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WGNT TV - LUNCHBREAK

CHEF RILEY HUDDLESTON MAKES WILD MUSHROOMS AND GRILLED CORN.

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THRILLIST - CHICAGO'S 11 BEST NEW BARS OF THE YEAR

When the Godfrey Hotel opened earlier this year, its artsy, cubist-inspired architecture wasn’t the only thing turning heads in River North. The 15,000sqft IO Urban Roofscape, billed as the largest indoor/outdoor "roofspace" in the city, is the real dome twister. Giant retractable roof?

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REDEYE - NEW YEAR'S DAY BRUNCHES

Warm up around the fireplace at The Godfrey Hotel's rooftop lounge in River North while sharing small plates such as huevos rancheros ($9), an inverted version of the Mexican dish with a pair of chili-poached eggs topped with hot red salsa, guacamole, cilantro and tortilla shreds, or the Greek yogurt parfait ($7) featuring honey-sweetened granola and citrus granita.

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MICHIGAN AVENUE - CHICAGO'S TOP RESTAURANT & BAR OPENINGS OF 2014

For cocktail-sipping with a view, it doesn’t get much better than this self-proclaimed “roofscape” perched on the fourth floor of The Godfrey Hotel. The indoor/outdoor lounge features a retractable roof, comfort fare like triple-cream truffle mac and cheese, and jaw-dropping views of Chicago’s skyline, as well as an alluring beverage program overseen by Aviary vet Riley Huddleston.

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MICHIGAN AVENUE - END OF YEAR CHAMPAGNE TASTING PARTY

I|O Urban Roofscape will be holding an end-of-the-year Champagne Tasting Holiday Party. Guests will be able to meet with representatives from the best champagne houses, and will be provided with a glass of champagne upon arrival.

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MICHIGAN AVENUE - WHAT TO DO ON NEW YEAR'S EVE

I|O Urban Roofscape isn’t limited to summertime revelry. The stunning views make its New Year’s event the one to be at. For $5,000, you and 20 friends can jump to the front of the line with expedited entry before settling into a private booth where spirits and Champagne will keep on coming.

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MEDILL REPORTS - UNPACKING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY

A Yelp user looks at reviews for the Godfrey Hotel. The Chicago hotel subscribes to CheckMate, a mobile platform that allows hotels to track the social influence of its guests.

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CHICAGO EATER - 50 OPTIONS: HERE'S YOUR COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO NEW YEAR'S EVE

There are only two weeks left in 2014 and if you haven't started thinking about New Year's yet, it's time to get moving. Most places will be open on New Year's Eve offering guests special prix fixe menus or blowout bashes to ring in 2015.

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FIJI WATER - THE GODFREY HOTEL

This Cubist-inspired building was designed to catch the eye–and indeed, the Godfrey was Chicago’s most anticipated hotel opening of 2014. Each of the bright, mod rooms feels like a sanctuary. But it’s property’s IO Urban Roofscape–a lounge featuring uninterrupted views of the Chicago skyline, a two-level fire pit, retractable roof, and cabanas–that is utterly swoon-worthy.

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CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS - GREAT (AND NOT SO GREAT) MOMENTS IN CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE 2014

That's (no longer) a wrap....

The 16-story, 221-room Godfrey Hotel finally opened in February after a decade-long odyssey from design to completion. Orginally topped out in 2008, the structurally expressive Valerio Dewalt Train-designed building spent much of the Great Recession impersonating a Claus Oldenberg-wrapped art installation on LaSalle Street in River North.

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE - CHAMPAGNE TASTING AT I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE

Sample bubbly from renowned Champagne houses during The Godfrey Hotel’s I/O Urban Roofscape (127 W. Huron St., 312-374-1830) tasting party from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Dec. 27.

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CHICAGO MAG - WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK IN CHICAGO THIS WEEK

With Christmas behind you, it’s an endurance race to New Year’s and the end of the holiday season. Get your Champagne palate in fighting shape with a tasting party at IO Urban Roofscape (The Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St., River North, 312-649-2000), where you’ll be able to taste offerings from seven Champagne houses so you know what to stock for NYE.

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CHICAGO MAG - THE BEST NEW CHICAGO HOTELS OF 2014

Opened in early February, the 221-room Godfrey was at first about its steely, cubist exterior designed by Chicago-based Valerio Dewalt Train—and a dramatic 16-story eye catcher in the River North skyline. Inside, a white elliptical lobby leads to mod rooms with bold lines and, in addition to the bed, a sitting chair that converts to a sleeper.

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CHECK, PLEASE! - CHAMPAGNE TASTING PARTY

I|O Urban Roofscape invites guests to sip selections from 7 champagne houses while chatting with a variety of representatives. Each guest is provided with a welcome glass of champagne upon entry, and a cheese and meat display is available to compliment the tasting.

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CBS CHICAGO - 2014'S BEST NEW COCKTAIL BARS IN CHICAGO

The “Cocktails from the Kitchen” menu, devised by Riley Huddleston, means cocktails deliver on taste and consistency just as an appetizer or entree should. Since Chef Huddleston honed his craft at the Chicago Taj Mahal of cocktails, The Aviary, you should expect nothing less than fantastic as he tests pH levels and employs molecular techniques to twist classic cocktails into a sensual experience.

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BINGE MAGAZINE - CHAMPAGNE TASTING PARTY AT I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE

The bubbly may be the most key part of a New Years party, so don’t miss your chance to taste test a few and choose which one(s) you will be ringing in the New Year with!

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ABOUT TRAVEL - NEW YEAR'S EVE 2015 GUIDE: HOW TO RING IT IN THE CHICAGO WAY

Chicago knows how to throw a great party, and New Year's Eve is no exception. What you'll especially love is that whether you're looking for a family-friendly experience or a year-end extravaganza for the books, you're certain to find it somewhere in town.

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TIME OUT - THANKSGIVING RESTAURANTS AND TAKE-OUT GUIDE

Reach new heights this Thanksgiving as you wine and dine on the rooftop of the Godfrey Hotel. Get a complimentary turkey sandwich with gravy when you order its Thanksgiving menu. For those who are looking to mingle, an "orphan table" is set up for groups of one to three.

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TASTING TABLE - AROUND TOWN

I|O Urban Roofscape, the sweeping bar and lounge atop The Godfrey Hotel, recently launched a collection of new cocktails fit for sharing with a few friends. We suggest the I|O Fallen Pear ($42 per pitcher), a vibrant vodka-based cocktail with spiced curry-poached pear juice, Grey Goose La Poire and lemon sorbet frozen with liquid nitrogen. 

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LA SPLASH - CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW - FIFTY YEARS AND THE PROMISE OF MORE GREAT FILMS

September 22nd, 2014, which took place at Chicago’s newest boutique hotel, The Godfrey Hotel. The Godfrey is spectacular in its design and the 4th floor roof garden is set so that there is a fantastic view of Chicago’s skyline. On a gorgeous late summer evening guests mingled enjoying drinks and nibbles, and exploring the brochure with the list of films to be shown during the festival. I found myself seated near two charming women and asked what their role was. One is an executive at WBEZ and the other is her friend. Both are film enthusiasts, but then, everyone was.

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MIDWEST LIVING - 3 NEW STAYS AROUND CHICAGO

The Godfrey Hotel Sleek. Smart. Sexy. That pretty much sums up this luxury 221-room boutique hotel in River North. The white-walled, minimalist lobby is a bustling meeting place for business professionals and dressed-to-impress diners on their way to the fourth-floor IO Urban Roofscape.

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MAXIM - CHICAGO IS THE FUTURE OF HOTELS

Also new in River North, the Godfrey has one of the city’s hot new rooftop scenes at IO, which has fire pits (and a roof) for winter goes convertible when the summer sweeps the lake.

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CHICAGO EATER - WHERE TO EAT BRUNCH IN CHICAGO RIGHT NOW

Craft your own menu with the RI|OT Brunch at I|O Urban Roofscape. Mix things up with your choice of three small plates and a mimosa or Bloody Mary for $35. Items include steak benedict, huevos rancheros, brunch poutine, brioche sticks, lemon donuts and more. Dishes can also be ordered a la carte.

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CHICAGO BUSINESS JOURNAL - CHICAGO'S GODFREY HOTEL FINALLY GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT A RESTAURANT

Management at the Godfrey Hotel aren't tipping their hand just yet as to what the concept for the four-star hotel's planned principal restaurant will be. Management at the Godfrey Hotel aren't tipping their hand just yet as to what the concept for the four-star hotel's planned principal restaurant will be.

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JOE THE EXPLORER - INSIDE THE GODFREY HOTEL'S FUNKY FACADE

The marble and white-clad lobby has a minimalist design but the floor to ceiling widows give it a welcoming feel. The rooms are dressed in contrasting textiles with purple, slate, and earth tone colors. Designed with the upscale business traveler in mind, each room comes with complimentary Wi-Fi, a 46” HD TV, a wet bar, large work stations, and ergonomic desk chairs.

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RESTAURANT HOSPITALITY - GIANT GROUP COCKTAILS FILLING SIZABLE NICHE

Take for example the newly opened IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel in Chicago, which offers an exclusive menu of cocktails available only by the pitcher. Groups of four can order pitchers of Spiked Root Beer Float (blended root beer float with Courvoisier), Pineapple Smash (Maui Gold with sage, ginger cordial, Gentleman Jack), White Sangria and other concoctions.

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RECOMMEND - NEW UPSCALE HOTEL OFFERINGS IN THE U.S.

“What makes The Godfrey Hotel Chicago a unique choice for visitors is our focus on providing what we call ‘tech plus touch’—the combination of high-quality textiles, linens, furnishings, etc., along with high-tech amenities, like free WiFi throughout the property, our digital concierge board in the lobby, the ability to confirm your room in advance through a mobile app, and control your LED TV with your mobile phone, among others,” says director of sales and marketing Adam Schomaker.

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HOTEL MANAGEMENT - MILLENNIALS HELP SHAPE BEVERAGE TRENDS

The newly opened IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel in Chicago, which offers an exclusive menu of cocktails available only by the pitcher, according to Restaurant Hospitality.

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FOOD NETWORK - SPIRITED DESSERTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

If you have always loved root beer, then this dessert is for you! Root beer is blended with Courvoisier cognac and topped with caramel and mint. Chef Riley Huddleston says, "Root beer is a nostalgic summer beverage that a many generations have enjoyed. We wanted to bring back those memories in a fun, creative way."

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CHEEKY CHICAGO - HORSES OF HONOR ART INSTALLATION

Think you have a good name for the horse? The Godfrey Hotel’s Facebook fans are invited to “Name the Horse” from now until Tuesday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. CST for the chance to win a two night stay at the hotel and breakfast for two at I|O Urban Roofscape. The name chosen for the horse will be engraved in a plaque on display with the horse.

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BARCLAYCARD TRAVEL - UNDERGROUND CHICAGO: THE ULTIMATE ART, ARCHITECTURE AND FOOD TOUR

One of my favorite places to stay is The Godfrey Hotel Chicago because it is downtown and centrally located to many of the places that I planned to visit. This striking and sleek 4.5 star boutique hotel is contemporary and comfortable, and surprisingly affordable. This brand new Cubist-influenced facade features a spa and fitness center, plus an onsite restaurant and rooftop lounge with fire pits, water features, and video walls. The hotel has a chic vibe with bold reds and vibrant colors throughout.

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YAHOO! TRAVEL - BOOZE WITH A VIEW- THE ROOFTOP BARS WORTHY OF SUMMER'S FINAL DAYS

Buzzing since it burst onto the scene earlier this year, this huge fourth-floor patio is the only outside space in town where you can party beneath the uninterrupted backdrop of Chicago's southern skyline. Perched above River North, Chicago’s neighborhood of art galleries, the Godfrey hotel’s roof is a mix of industrial chic with some modern treats such as USB charging stations beneath the bar. 

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YAHOO! TRAVEL - THURSDAY NIGHT: CHICAGO

Want your drinks with a view? Venture on over to the Godfrey Hotel, whose I|O Urban Roofscape provides picturesque views of the southern Chicago skyline. 

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TREND HUNTER - SLEEK SKELETAL HOTELS

The Godfrey Hotel by Valerio Dewalt Train Associates is located in the heart of Chicago's north-west neighbourhood. The sleek structure features a stacked and linear design that is composed of layered box elements. In addition to these heavier volumes, the hotel also boasts ribbed geometry details that are inspired by the skeletal forms of the human body.

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THE INDEPENDENT - THE BIG SIX: HOTELS IN CHICAGO

Skyscrapers grow like trees in Chicago, but this sleek glass-and-steel address certainly cuts a striking figure in the River North area. Inside, you’ll find The Godfrey, a clutter-free boutique retreat full of clean lines and pared-back spaces.

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PREVUE MEETINGS - HOTEL SPAS INTRODUCE ON THE GO TREATMENTS

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago's Detox Massage addresses the issue of bad eating (or drinking) habits on the road. Its 30-minute detox treatment helps eliminates toxins from congested circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory systems—an ideal way for meeting planners and attendees to finish a week of meetings before heading home.

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NATION'S RESTAURANT NEWS - CHICAGO TABLES: ROOMS WITH A VIEW

This rooftop lounge at the Godfrey Hotel offers 15,000 square feet of outdoor and indoor patio space to patrons who take in the southern Chicago skyline while sipping cocktails and snacking on an internationally adventurous menu.

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LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE - SPA & WELLNESS RETREATS EXPRESS SPA TREATMENTS LET YOU REJUVENATE IN A JIFFY

This detoxifying treatment aids in the elimination of toxins from congested circulatory, lymphatic or respiratory systems. 

Detox Massage | Length of Treatment: 30 minutes

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DNA INFO - IO ROOFSCAPE'S 'SORRY, BOSS' DEAL GIVES LUNCH COUPON FOR HAPPY HOUR GUESTS

River North- Boozy happy hours can be great for morale, but don't usually boost workers' productivity.

IO Urban Roofscape in River North will try to strike a compromise for workers and their employers with its new "Sorry, Boss" promotion launching next week.

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CRYSTAL B. DESIGNS - FABULOUS ROOFTOPS FOR NIGHTS OUT ON THE TOWN: OUR TOP 3 PICKS

We know, we know, we’re biased. But our participation in the Project Ethos fashion show aside, the I | O Urban Roofscape of the newly opened Godfrey Hotel is nothing short of a work of art. With 10,000 square feet of lounge and event space, a two-level fire pit, and panoramic views of Chicago’s southern skyline, this rooftop bar is every stylish girl’s dream.

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CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS - BEST ROOFTOPS FOR BUSINESS

I|O Urban Roofscape in he newly opened Godfrey Hotel has unobstructed south views, giving it one of the only Lake Michigan views available for rooftop diners. One of the only downtown rooftops serving breakfast. The light, shareable lunch and dinner menus are suitable for bigger parties who aren't looking for a heavy meal.

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CHOOSE CHICAGO - A TRIO OF ROOFTOP BARS IN RIVER NORTH

The Godfrey Hotel has been getting fine write-ups for its innovate design and well-appointed rooms since it opened last year. Even if you aren't staying overnight, you can zip on up to the fourth floor to check out the I|O Urban Roofscape for some conversation and a drink. 

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CHICAGO NOW - FOOD FUN FRIDAY FOR CHICAGO

Cocktails with coworkers are now carefree! Beginning Monday, August 11, I|O Urban Roofscape, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago – 127 W Huron, invites guests and their colleagues to enjoy summer cocktails al fresco with sweeping views of the Chicago skyline, and without the usual repercussions of a hangover at work. 

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CHEEKY CHICAGO - I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE "SORRY, BOSS" PROMOTION

Grab your coworkers and enjoy summer cocktails at I|O Urban Roofscape for the launch of its “Sorry, Boss” promotion. Here’s how it works! Groups of six or more that make a reservation under their company name and mention “Sorry, Boss” will receive a voucher for their boss to return for a free lunch.

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CHECKIN - BEST PLACES TO FIND SHELTER FROM THE WIND IN CHICAGO

L’Occitane products in the bathroom, the Wi-Fi is complimentary, and every room is immaculately decorated with leather, velvet and other sumptuous fabrics. You’ll want to wear nothing but their plush robes, but you’ll want to venture out onto their ultra-cool rooftop patio for drinks and munchies.

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CHECK, PLEASE! - I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE LIVESTREAMS LOLLA

In partnership with Red Bull, I|O Urban Roofscape hosts a 3-day long livestream of Lollapalooza while offering al fresco dining to guests.

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A AS ARCHITECTURE - GODFREY HOTEL BY VALERIO DEWALT TRAIN ASSOCIATES

Oxford Capital Group developed a new upscale “boutique‐lifestyle” hotel concept envisioned for repurposing the partially built structure. With this new concept in-hand, Oxford engaged VDTA to make modifications to the original building design while retaining the iconic design of expressive structural frame and assembly of shifted, taut, rectilinear building masses.

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CITY SECRETS - URBAN ROOFSCAPE

Celebrity chef Jaime Laurita checks out the great food and great views to be found at I/O Urban Roofscape, the Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop restaurant. 

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THE WEEK - 5 AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES TO LAVISH VACATION DESTINATIONS

Finding cool places to lay your head also shouldn't be a problem: A slew of new spots from the Godfrey Hotel to the upcoming Soho House Chicago are part of the myriad options. Another great stay is the Allegro, which runs just $200 per night.

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THE CHICAGO CHIC - SIPPING AT CHICAGO'S BEST ROOFTOPS

Chef Riley Huddleston, formerly of The Aviary, brings in his culinary experience and talent to the Godfrey offering an extensive food as well as drinks menu. The menu features Chicago favorites such as the Pastrami Sandwich as well as popular signature cocktails such as margaritas that are prepared using scientific measurements to ensure consistency- an approach that may have been inspired by his time in the Aviary.

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BOSTON GLOBE - IF YOU GO TO CHICAGO

The Godfrey is the first staggered steel truss building in Chicago (making it look completely different from most high-rises). It opened earlier this year and features an outdoor bar with retractable glass ceiling, a fitness center, spa, and rooms with modern boutique flair.

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BOSTON GLOBE - THE HUNT FOR CHICAGO'S NEXT HOT NEIGHBORHOOD

I was feeling uncharacteristically hip. Somehow I managed to be in the right place at the right time — a skill that often eludes me. Specifically, I was sipping alfresco cocktails with friends on the IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel. I’m going to assume that IO is the new, urbane way to say “indoor-outdoor.” I’m always the last to find out about these things.

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TASTING TABLE - THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Above the Godfrey Hotel sits this 10,000-square-foot "roofscape," equipped with a retractable roof, a two-level fire pit and comfortable seats in both the sun and shade. Go for the Adult Smoked Salmon ($11), cured in your choice of bourbon or gin, and stay all day for the Courvoisier-spiked root beer floats ($45 for a pitcher) and breathtaking city views.

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POOR GIRL'S GUIDE CHICAGO - 5 ROOFTOP HOTEL BARS IN CHICAGO

Drink up and don’t look down at these 5 Chicago hotel rooftops. With amazing city views these are a few of our favorite spots to drink under the sun.

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MICHIGAN AVE - PROJECT ETHOS DEBUT AT I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE

Project Ethos has partnered with French Tuesday to throw its Chicago debut party atop The Godfrey Hotel with two fashion shows, music by a live DJ, an art gallery, and an after party to follow.

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LL WORLD TOUR - CHICAGO EATS: OUTDOOR NEIGHBORHOOD GEMS

For a couple of trendier rooftop scenes check out J. Parker, the roof on top of Hotel Lincoln. It also feels like a Miami oasis with great views of Lincoln Park and the beach and Lake Michigan. Also new and trendy is I|O Urban Roofscape, what is being called the largest indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge in the entire city with more than 10,000 square feet of space on the fourth floor of the brand new Godfrey Hotel.

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I LIKE ARCHITECTURE - GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO BY VALERIO DEWALT TRAIN ASSOCIATES

In early 2004, VDTA was commissioned to design a 16‐story extended stay suites hotel at the corner of Lasalle and Huron Streets in Chicago by the site’s original developer, Duke Miglin. It was his desire to employ a staggered truss structural framing system for the building – something new to Chicago – for its speed and efficiency of erection.

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FORBES - 5 POSH VACATIONS- AND THEIR AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES

Finding cool places to lay your head also shouldn’t be a problem: A slew of new spots from the Godfrey Hotel to the upcoming Soho House Chicago are part of the myriad options.

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FODOR'S TRAVEL - AMERICA'S 15 BEST ROOFTOP BARS

Perched on the fourth floor of Chicago's Godfrey Hotel is I|O Urban Roofscape, one of the city's most popular rooftop lounges. The 10,000-square-foot space features uninterrupted views of the city skyline, with indoor and outdoor areas, appropriate for the Windy City's notoriously unpredictable weather. 

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EXAMINER - NATIONAL FRENCH FRIES DAY AROUND CHICAGO

Chef Riley Huddleston of I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, IL offers a Brunch Poutine, featuring his “famous fries,” Wisconsin cheese curds, Wagyu gravy and Béarnaise sauce, and topped with a fried egg. He is also a partner in Boise Fry Company, which has three locations in Boise, ID. Stop by for Chef Riley Huddleston’s tasteful preparations of Chicago’s favorite foods, as well as the math-produced, kitchen cocktail program.

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CHICAGO NOW - HOW TO MAKE IT IN CHICAGO

I generally look for any excuse to check out fashion AND hang out at the I|O Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel. So when I found out about this event on July 29th, I knew I had to sign up immediately!

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CHICAGO SUNTIMES SPLASH - THE BEST OF CHICAGO 2014

Best staycation hotel.

It’s not so much that I opt to staycation at the Godfrey Hotel. But with its good-vibe I|O Urban Roofscape, perfect chef-made cocktails and wet bars in all 221 rooms, I never want to head home.

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VOICES - STAR SIGHTINGS INCLUDE 'CHICAGO PD,' 'CHICAGO FIRE' CASTS

Current and former Bears Jermon Bushrod, Matt Forte, Anthony Adams, Charles "Peanut" Tillman and Jerr Azumah were seen hanging out at the I|O Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel.

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CELEBRITIZED IN CHICAGO - PRETTY QUICK PICK: THE GODFREY SPA BOUTIQUE

It's official. The Godfrey Spa Boutique is my new "go-to". Thanks to PrettyQuick I was able to book my appointment from my mobile phone, and got the best reviews of all the Spas in my neighborhood of Chicago. From one of the best massages in the city, to one of the most high-performance, regenerating facials in town (tailored to match your individual skin type) the Godfrey had me at hello. 

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BIZ BASH - VENUES FOR LARGE MEETINGS: THE TOP NEW PLACES IN CHICAGO FOR BIG SALES MEETINGS, CONFERENCES, AND CONVENTIONS

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago came to River North in February. The property has 221 rooms (all with free Wi-Fi), a fitness center, meeting rooms that hold as many as 100, and a small spa. On the fourth floor, IO Urban Roofscape offers 10,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space that holds 750 for receptions.

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BILLBOARD BIZ - 10 CHICAGO WOW SPOTS: HOW TO LOUNGE ABOUT BETWEEN ACTS AT LOLLAPALOOZA

Music will dominate your days (and nights) at Grant Park, site of Lollapalooza 2014 (Aug. 1-3). But in between the festival's performances, which will include Eminem, Outkast and Lorde, take in some of the best Chicago has to offer. The Windy City, in particular the art gallery-lined River North neighborhood just beyond the Loop, is rife with impressive food, drink and, if you haven't quite had your fill of live music, a number of offbeat venues and new hotspots.

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ARCH DAILY - GODFREY HOTEL / VALERIO DEWALT TRAIN ASSOCIATES

In early 2004, VDTA was commissioned to design a 16‐story extended stay suites hotel at the corner of Lasalle and Huron Streets in Chicago by the site’s original developer, Duke Miglin. It was his desire to employ a staggered truss structural framing system for the building – something new to Chicago – for its speed and efficiency of erection.

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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST - SEVEN RESTAURANTS WITH RETRACTABLE ROOFS

While the weather is warm, restaurants around the globe rely on retractable roofs for a dynamic dining experience.

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YAHOO TRAVEL - TRAVEL DEALS OF THE WEEK: WHO WANTS 3 FREE NIGHTS IN TAHITI?

There was a new opening in Chicago’s art gallery district of River North this year. No, not an artist’s exhibition, but The Godfrey Hotel Chicago. In keeping with its location, The Godfrey has a Cubist-inspired, industrial façade and marble-clad, elliptical-shaped hotel lobby.

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THE F BOMBS - I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE AT THE GODFREY HOTEL

Ok, let’s be honest with ourselves here, I don’t do enough food posts! This is a fashion AND lifestyle blog after all! Well ladies and gents, I hate to admit this but it’s because I’m NEVER in the city!! Since Mac has been working Saturday’s since, well, I really can’t remember the last Saturday he has been off, I have been driving up to Milwaukee every weekend to see him.

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TRAVEL AND LEISURE - AMERICA'S COOLEST ROOFTOP BARS

When the golden hour hits on summer evenings, a ritual unfolds in cities across America: cubicle dwellers rush for the exits; lines form waiting for elevators to open; and social media is flooded with images of backlit skyscrapers and bright cocktails. It’s rooftop time.

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TIME - AMERICA'S COOLEST ROOFTOP BARS

Acidic-level testing, measuring ingredients by weight, infusing drinks with exotic hybrid fruits and habanero salt air foam—chef Riley Huddleston’s affinity for experimentation is on display at the Windy City’s most eye-catching new addition, the retractable-roofed I|O Urban Roofscape, in River North.

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SOCIA LIFE CHICAGO - WEEKEND PLATTER ENJOY #SUMMERTIMECHI

Guests are invited to come dressed in their summer best and enjoy the afternoon sun al fresco in Chicago’s largest year-round indoor/outdoor lounge. A special seafood menu from Chef Riley Huddleston will be available for $25, featuring clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and lemon with Chartreuse butter, grilled in seaweed, with the option of adding a half pound of King Crab legs.

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SECOND CITY STYLE - STYLE SLEUTH: FLOWER POWER FASHION

We attended the recent launch party of Chicago’s newest boutique floral delivery service, Kalla, on the roof top of the Godfrey Hotel. How could we not be inspired all those colorful and fragrant flowers? So naturally, our next thought was “we need to wear these flowers!”

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MICHIGAN AVENUE - WHERE TO TOAST SUMMER IN CHICAGO

The Godfrey is inviting Chicagoans to venture closer to the summer sun atop the hotel. Head up to the fourth-floor I|O Urban Roofscape on Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for the Endless Summer celebration. Order something from Chef Riley Huddleston’s special seafood menu—which includes a half pound of king crab legs—and get signature cocktails, like the piña colada and spiked root beer float, by the pitcher.

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JOHNNY JET - 13 ELEMENTS OF THE NEW GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO

I was recently in Chicago, and had the very good fortune to stay in the brand new Godfrey Hotel Chicago in the city’s River North neighborhood. I hadn’t been to the Windy City in a number of years, and was thrilled to discover a new area—and hotel!—to explore.

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GUARDIAN LIBERTY VOICE - CONSTRUCTION OF SHUT DOWN PROJECTS RESUMES

The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is an example of both the difficulties and the payoffs of resurrecting a troubled project. The original developers intended to build a 216-room Staybridge Suites property, but ran out money and went into bankruptcy.

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DAILY HERALD - ON THE ROAD: CELEBRATE BEACH WEEK AT GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT

Art lovers and shoppers will like the new packages for summer stays at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago. Available Friday nights, The River North Art Experience includes overnight accommodations for two; tickets for two to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and a guided River North Art Gallery Tour (Saturday) hosted by Chicago Gallery News.

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CHICAGO CURBED - MAPPING 15 PIECES OF EYE POPPING CHICAGO STARCHITECTURE

A new entry to the Chicago architectural landscape, the Valerio Dewalt Train designed Godfrey Hotel brings something new to the table with its cubist design aesthetic. 

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CS MAGAZINE - 20 UNIQUE WAYS TO SPEND YOUR SUMMER NIGHTS

For chef Riley Huddleston of IO Urban Roofscape, the white cabana- and couch-filled indoor/ outdoor fourth floor-lounge at River North’s new Godfrey Hotel, the decision to bring the cocktail making into the kitchen was a no-brainer. “As chefs, we like to do everything anyways,” he says. Armed with some cool gadgets (liquid nitrogen, pH meters, soda siphons) and scientific know-how, Huddleston, an Aviary alum, and his staff create cocktails that not only taste great but have some fun twists too.

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CS MAGAZINE - URBAN OASES THE NEW GENERATION OF LUXE HOTEL LOUNGES MIGHT MAKE YOU WANT TO GET A ROOM

The Godfrey Hotel’s 15,000-square-foot rooftop has it all: a water wall, cabana canopies, ever-changing LED screens and amazing city views.

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CHRITIQUES - BRUNCH AT I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE

Recently, The Godfrey, a boutique hotel in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, opened its doors. Located on the hotel’s fourth floor is I|O Urban Roofscape, a 15,000 square foot indoor/outdoor lounge and event space. Water features, a video wall, and a retractable roof are some of its features, in addition to a fire pit and gorgeous skyline views. On weekdays, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, and on weekends, brunch and dinner.

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CHICAGO SUNTIMES - STAR SIGHTINGS AROUND TOWN INCLUDE LIZ PHAIR, BRIAN URLACHER, COACH 'Q'

Seen on the Scene: Rocker Liz Phair was spotted at the Museum of Contemporary Art Saturday — spending time perusing the “Isa Genzken: Retrospective” exhibit. … Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was seen dining at IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel the other night.

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CHICAGO SCENE - CHICAGO'S HOTEL BARS AND ROOFTOPS

The building designed to house this fabulous hotel soaks up every inch of the sun’s rays, seeing there are no high rises to block the southern facing patio. One can enjoy these unobstructed views from the fourth-floor’s indoor/outdoor lounge IO Urban Roofscape. Did I mention there’s a retractable roof?

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CHICAGO NOW - I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE AT THE GODFREY HOTEL: GREAT FOR A HAPPY HOUR

Last Friday night, I went out for a much needed ladies night to a place downtown called the I|O Urban Roofscape on the 4th floor of the Godfrey Hotel Chicago. It was a great location with a relaxing view with seating inside and outdoors. The inside areas were open to the elements.

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CHICAGO MAG - FIVE NEW BAR PATIOS OPEN IN CHICAGO THIS SUMMER

At IO Urban Roofscape, Science Meets the Skyline

The retractable-roof space, open this month on the Godfrey Hotel's fourth floor terrace, is a culinary gadget lab for chef Riley Huddleston. Riley Huddleston loves technology, and in his spanking new kitchen at IO Urban Roofscape, an indoor/outdoor terrace on the fourth floor of the Godfrey Hotel, he will have plenty of cool tools to play with.

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CHECK, PLEASE! - ENDLESS SUMMER

I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel serves a special seafood menu from Chef Riley Huddleston featuring clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and optional King Crab legs. Rosé, beer, and cocktails are available to pair.

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BOUTIQUE DESIGN - FRESH AIR

Situated on a fourth-floor nook of a 16-story hotel, this 15,000-sq.-ft. urban sanctuary features glimmering fire pits, shimmering water elements, a high-energy video wall, distinctive stringray-shaped shades and a retractable roof (this is, after all, The Windy City).

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BIZBASH - 12 NEW ROOFTOP VENUES FOR SUMMER EVENTS

IO Urban Roofscape—named for its indoor and outdoor space—is on the fourth floor of Chicago's Godfrey Hotel, which opened in February. The 10,000-square-foot venue includes a restaurant, lounge, and event space with elements including a fire pit, water elements, a video wall, and a retractable roof. It accommodates 750 people for receptions—500 outdoors and 250 indoors. A V.I.P. room holds 36.

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BIZBASH - 9 NEW OPTIONS FOR BUSINESS ENTERTAINING IN CHICAGO

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago came to River North in February with space to entertain large groups: On the fourth floor, IO Urban Roofscape offers 10,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space that holds 750 for receptions. Menu items include smoked-salmon flatbreads and Waygu steak sliders.

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ZAGAT CHICAGO'S 10 HOTTEST ROOFTOPS

After that long, hard winter, don’t waste another minute eating indoors. Here are 10 of the most stunning rooftops in Chicago for alfresco dining and imbibing.  IO Urban Roofscape. Chicago’s largest indoor-outdoor lounge and bar space offers year-round, unobstructed south-facing skyline views for 330 guests - 100 indoor and 230 outdoor.

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TRAVLIN' GIRL APRIL SHOWERS BRING... LOADS OF MAY TRAVEL!

In fact, today’s my last day in Chicago to check out the new Godfrey Hotel Chicago. What an incredible property, and within easy walking distance of the River North Arts District and so much more.

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THRILLIST 109 OUTDOOR DRINKING SPOTS IN CHICAGO

There're really only two ways to take advantage of t-shirt weather: 1) by drinking outdoors, and 2) by... wearing a t-shirt. Helping with the former, here's a 'hood-by-'hood guide to every drinking spot in Chicago (109 total) worth knowing about, from beer gardens, to patios, to rooftops (both regular and retractable).

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PUBS ROYALE: SMART MEETINGS MAY 2014

Recently opened properties inclde the 212-room Hyatt Place Chicago/River North; 316-room Langham Chicago Hotel; five story, 215-room, upscale boutique Kinzie Hotel; 247-room Thompson Chicago; and 16-story upscale boutique Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

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PURE WOW: RAISE THE ROOF GRAB A SEAT AT RIVER NORTH'S NEW HOT SPOT

While the pretty people flock on weekends for the Champagne brunch during the day and the outdoor fire pits at night, we think a weeknight at around 5:30pm is prime time. We went on a Tuesday evening and were able to snag a high-top table right under the retractable rooftop, perfect for people-watching and looking up at the sky.

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NANAWALL: ROOFSCAPE DINING DESPITE HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW

The Godfrey Hotel, located in Chicago, now features an amazing 10,000 square-foot retractable urban roofscape on its fourth floor, which showcases spectacular views of Chicago’s skyline. In order to create a true indoor/outdoor experience, the architect included 44’ of folding glass walls in his design to allow for a completely open experience.

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DIGITAL MODERN LUXURY: NOW IN CHICAGO TOP 10

Hot Plates, Celebrate summer, Chicago-style, with the city's most compelling new dishes.  "I took it as a challenge to create a retro drink with a wow factor" says Chef Riley Huddelston.

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MEET ADVISORS: BEST ROOFTOP BARS FOR NETWORKING IN CHICAGO

IO Urban Roofscape is a newly remodeled rooftop bar atop of The Godfrey Hotel in River North. This rooftop bar and lounge regularly hosts popular networking events for urban professionals so their calendar is worth watching. 

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FELIX MAGAZINE: ANASTASIA CHATZKA SPRING/SUMMER'14

The Godfrey Hotel’s IO Urban Roofscape was humming with anticipation for the debut of local designer Anastasia Chatzka’s Spring and Summer 2014 collection. After training with some of the nation’s most innovative designers in New York, Chatzka returned to Chicago to focus on her own brand and image.

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BIZBASH: 10 NEW CHICAGO VENUES FOR SPRING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Here's a look at the best new Chicago restaurants, hotels, party rooms, corporate event venues, and private rooms to open this spring. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago came to River North in February. The property has 221 rooms (all with free Wi-Fi), a fitness center, meeting rooms that hold as many as 100, and a small spa.

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I90 NORTH THE GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO

Our Mark Nilsson stopped by River North's new address for luxury, lounging and a whole lot more!

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THE WEEKENDER:BIKINIS, NEW SUITS AND GOOD BEER

Just a Sunday Afternoon Bikini Party. This is a charity event. That’s the only reason why we’re telling you about it. Don’t let the fact that it happens to be a Brazilian-themed bikini fashion show (with appetizers and cocktails) distract you from all the good you’re doing here today.

URBAN DADDY: THE NEW PATIOS IN TOWN

FOR ROOFTOP FIRE: IO Urban Roofscape The scene: You’ll find a snug terrace, a retractable roof, multiple bars, cabanas and a fire pit. Use all as necessary. The provisions: Lamb lollipops, aged-cheddar burgers, bottles of champagne. The rooftop trifecta.

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TIME OUT CHICAGO: 53 NEW PATIOS, ROOFTOP BARS AND OUTDOOR SPACES

Time to pack away the winter coat and pick up a cocktail. Here are the patios and rooftop bars where you'll be eating, drinking and hanging out all spring and summer.

IO Urban Roofscape. The huge, retractable rooftop space will have an outdoor fireplace, cabanas, a waterfall and more. It’s going to be a popular summer event space, and there are already events planned like a Derby party.

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THE DAILY MEAL:WHERE TO EAT IN CHICAGO ON EASTER

Celebrate spring in the most tasteful of ways with one of these great Chicago restaurants. Whether you are looking for brunch or supper, these holiday menus will not disappoint.

Enjoy Easter with an amazing view at I|O Urban Roofscape. The newly offered brunch will be available on Easter Sunday.

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STAR CHEFS:CHEF RILEY HUDDLESTON OF URBAN ROOFTOP LOUNGE-CHICAGO, IL

Chef Riley Huddleston of IO Urban Roofscape photos:

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MAKE IT BETTER: 5 NEW CHICAGO BOUTIQUE HOTELS FOR FUN AND FROLIC

This Cubist-inspired building captures a sleek, modern aesthetic, including a marble and white elliptical lobby. Guests enjoy L’Occitane bath products and can control the TV via smartphone in all 221 rooms.

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DIRECT MARKETING NEWS:DIGITAL & MOBILE ARE THE GODFREY HOTEL'S GREATEST AMENITIES

The occupancy rate for Chicago hotels reached 75.28% in 2013, according to the city's official marketing organization Choose Chicago.So when The Godfrey Hotel Chicago entered the scene on February 1, Adam Schomaker, director of sales and marketing for The Godfrey, knew that he had to find an innovative way to distinguish the hotel from its competitors.

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DINING CHICAGO BRUNCH BITES:IO URBAN ROOFSCAPE AND 2 SPARROWS

One of River North's newest restaurants, I | O Urban Roofscape wastes no time jumping right into the brunch game. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago's resident restaurant launches Champagne RI|OT brunch on April 12, henceforth running every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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CRAIN'S REVIEW: IO URBAN ROOFSCAPE IN GODFREY

I/O Urban Roofscape, the new glassed-in rooftop restaurant and lounge in River North's long-delayed Godfrey Hotel, is a terrific concept in a not-so-ideal locale.

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CONFERENCE & INCENTIVE TRAVEL:THE GODFREY HOTEL, CHICAGO

CIT's Venue of the Week is the striking Godfrey Hotel, Chicago, which opened in US city in February.

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CHICAGOIST THE 10 BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN CHICAGO, 2014 EDITION

IO Urban Roofscape
Stepping off the elevator leading into the IO Urban Roofscape bar (located on the 4th floor of the new Godfrey Hotel), it can feel like you are stepping into the spit personality of nightlife in Chicago. On one side of the bar, is the indoor, lounge scene.

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SPLASH SUNDAY DINNER: IO URBAN ROOFSCAPE

Science-based cocktails and skyline views take center stage at I|O Urban Roofscape.

“I didn’t have a french fry before I was 12 because I was such a picky eater,” confesses chef Riley Huddleston of I|O Urban Roofscape, a new rooftop lounge on the fourth floor of the Godfrey Hotel. 

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CHICAGO MAGAZINE IO URBAN ROOFSCAPE: THE SUMMER'S HOT OUTDOOR BAR

Chic patrons waited in a line out the door this weekend at the River North hotel bar with a stunning skyline view. The patio at the Godfrey may be quite a scene this year.

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CHICAGO MAGAZINE: CHICAGO'S FIVE HOTTEST BARS RIGHT NOW

Where to get flaming drinks, outdoor drinks, drinks at Chicago’s new secret speakeasy, and more drinks. IO Urban Roofscape. See and be seen, rain or shine. Find out more about the new indoor/outdoor terrace and view photos of our recent visit.

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CHICAGO NOW FOOD FUN FRIDAY-EASTER BRUNCH CHICAGO

Enjoy Easter Brunch on Chicago’s Newest Rooftop

This Easter Sunday, I|O Urban Roofscape (127 W. Huron St.), Chicago’s hottest rooftop located at The Godfrey Hotel in River North, will offer patrons a delectable three-course brunch of small plates.

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FODOR'S TRAVEL SPRING 2014 GUIDE TO CHICAGO

Skewing away from name-brand properties, the Windy City welcomed two boutique hotels in February, both in River North: the 215-room Kinzie Hotel, named for a famed Chicago silversmith; and the 221-room The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

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A&E INTERVIEW: 'SNL' STAR CECILY STRONG SAYS 'WEEKEND UPDATE' STILL BEING UPDATED

“Being from this nerdy improv world of Chicago, I'm like ‘We've got to keep it organic,'” Strong said in a playfully whiny tone Wednesday at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago, where she celebrated her cover on the spring issue of Michigan Avenue magazine.

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VOICES SUE'S MORNING STRETCH: SNL'S CECILY STRONG RETURNS TO CHICAGO

“Saturday Night Live’s” Cecily Strong was in Chicago Wednesday night, toasting her appearance on the spring issue of Michigan Avenue magazine, on newsstands now. While at the party, which took place at the cool new The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, she talked with “You & Me This Morning” about her local roots (she grew up in Oak Park), joking about our weather: “It gave me that little gift” of snow.

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE UNWRAPPED, GODFREY COMES TO LIFE BEAUTIFULLY

You've heard of the movie "Miracle on 34th Street." This is about the miracle on LaSalle Street — the mummy miracle. "The Mummy" was the nickname of a stalled high-rise hotel at LaSalle and Huron streets, its superstructure wrapped in a protective tarp, which just sat there, pitifully Christo-like, for four years. 

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TRIBUNE CHICAGO ROOFTOP BARS THAT KEEP OUT THE CHILL

Keep warm: The 15,000-square-foot "roofscape" only loses about 3,000 square feet of uncovered patio space during the coldest winter months. A retractable roof covers the "outdoor" portion that is heated and cooled year-round, meaning the roof closes during a polar vortex-raddled winter or on a blazing afternoon in August.
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SPLASH INN VOUGE: NEW AND UPCOMING DOWNTOWN HOTELS

Four new boutique hotels — with more on the way — prove downtown Chicago is in the midst of a hotel revival.  The much-anticipated hotel wrapped up construction and opened in early February. It’s part of the Oxford Hotels & Resorts portfolio, which also claims neighboring Hotel Felix.
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CHICAGO MAG - THE FIVE MOST ANTICIPATED CHICAGO HOTELS 2014 - THE GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO #1

Last week, we brought you the best new Chicago hotels to open in 2013. Now, here’s a look at the big hotels expected to make the scene this year:  1. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago 127 W. Huron St., 312-649-2000  The details: Opening in River North on February 1, the industrial, Cubist-inspired Godfrey is easily the most architecturally distinctive of any Chicago hotels to open in 2014...

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HAUTE LIVING - GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO ASKS GUESTS TO "NAME THE ELEMENT"

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 West Huron Street at La Salle), the new luxury hotel property opening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in February 2014, celebrates this spirit of exploration with the “Name the Element” contest. From January 7 through January 21, future guests may enter the contest with their suggestion to name the new element on the hotel’s Facebook page.  The winner for the most creative element name will receive a discounted rate of $139 throughout all of 2014, one night complimentary stay and a $25 gift card to I|O Urban Roofscape.

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EXAMINER.COM - WIN A FREE NIGHT AND A YEAR-LONG DISCOUNT AT THE NEW GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, a new luxury hotel opening in the River North neighborhood in February 2014, wants you to “Name the Element” and win.  This past year, scientists discovered a new element of the periodic table which is yet to be named. From January 7 through January 21, future guests may enter a contest with a suggestion to name the new element on the hotel’s Facebook page.

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JUST LUXE - PREVIEW THE GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO BEFORE IT FEBRUARY GRAND OPENING

The latest entry in the rich Chicago luxury hotel market will soon be The Godfrey Hotel, officially opening in February 2014. As the flagship property for the boutique hotel brand’s launch, The Godfrey offers a modern mark on The Windy City’s architectural history.

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HAUTE LIVING - THE GODFREY HOTEL TAPS CHEF RILEY HUDDLESTON FOR NEW CONCEPT

Straight from The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 West Huron Street at La Salle) there’s a boutique hotel’s food and beverage concept, I|O Urban Roofscape, an approximately 15,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space with panoramic skyline views opening February 2014. To head up the concept they have tapped Chef Riley Huddleston. Most recently working as part of the culinary team at The Aviary, Chef Huddleston brings eight years of experience in acclaimed restaurants across the country to I|O Urban Roofscape.

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CHICAGO MAG DINING AND DRINKING - CHEF RILEY HUDDLESTON WILL BRING HIS IDAHO-FAMOUS FRIES TO IO URBAN ROOFSCAPE

Hotel dining may be in flux, but in Chicago at least, hotels have locked down rooftop drinking and dining. The newest locker in the locking-down is IO Urban Roofscape(Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St., River North, 312-649-2000), where the IO stands not for on/off, input/output, or the moon of Jupiter, but for indoor/outdoor, in reference to the space under a retractable roof on the hotel’s fourth-floor terrace.

The chef, Riley Huddleston, plans a lounge menu of dishes constructed of house-made ingredients, such as a smoked salmon flatbread with garlic oil, dill-caper crème fraîche, and chives.

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GET A TRAVEL DEAL - THE GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO IOU PROMOTION

Future guests of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago like us,  have two more reasons to book our stays now at the Cubist-inspired boutique hotel opening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in February 2014. The 16-story, 221-guestroom, upper upscale hotel pays it forward to guests with a $20 credit at the hotel’s 15,000-square-foot indoor, outdoor fourth floor I|O Urban Roofscape and a twenty percent discount on the hotel’s best available rate for a future stay.

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TRAVEL WEEKLY - GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO TO OPEN IN FEBRUARY

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, which is being touted by owner Oxford Capital Group as the first of a new boutique brand, will open in February.  The 221-room hotel will have a 15,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor roofscape. Additionally, the owner said the hotel will be Chicago’s “first staggered steel truss building.”

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PREVUE ONLINE - CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE INSPIRES NEW GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO

Chicago’s architectural history has an inherent effect on the cubist-influenced design of the 221-room Godfrey Hotel Chicago, which opens in February. Designed by locally based Valerio Dewalt Train, the industrial façade of the building mimics the way geometrical blocks stack together in a Tetris video game.

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HOTELCHATTER - CHICAGO'S COOL CUBIST-INFLUENCED HOTEL, THE GODFREY, WILL OPEN IN FEBRUARY

While we had hoped that the new boutique hotel, The Godfrey, would open in Chicago's River North nabe this year, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer in 2014. The Godfrey plans to open the doors to its crazysexycool cubist-influenced building on February 1st

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CRAIN'S CHICAGO ON DINING - FIRST LOOK: GODFREY HOTEL'S ROOFTOP

The Godfrey Hotel, a River North hotel project that's been under construction for years, announced plans for a 10,000-square-foot rooftop lounge and meeting space. It also set an opening date for the hotel. I|O Urban Roofscape, an indoor-outdoor venue, will host events ranging from small meetings to receptions for 1,500 guests. 

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BUSINESS TRAVEL DESTINATION - THE GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO, SCHEDULED TO OPEN FEBRUARY 2014.

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 West Huron Street) announced today new details for the February 2014 opening of the 16-story, 221 guestrooms, upper upscale lifestyle hotel in Chicago’s energetic River North neighborhood. With its cubist-influenced, industrial façade and marble-clad, elliptical hotel lobby, The Godfrey Hotel mirrors the eclectic, chic surroundings of the River North Gallery Art scene.

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CURBED CHICAGO - RENDERING REVIEW GODFREY HOTEL I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPE

The resurrectedGodfrey Hotel construction project (began as a Staybridge Suites) at Huron & LaSalle is an "upper-upscale" hotel developed by Oxford Capital. It'll have 182 rooms and 39 suites, and finally has a projected opening date: February 2014.

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HOTEL INTERACTIVE - DISCOVER YOUR ELEMENT AT THE GODFREY HOTEL OPENING FEBRUARY 2014

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 West Huron Street) announced today new details for the February 2014 opening of the 16-story, 221 guestrooms, upper upscale lifestyle hotel in Chicago’s energetic River North neighborhood. With its cubist-influenced, industrial façade and marble-clad, elliptical hotel lobby, The Godfrey Hotel mirrors the eclectic, chic surroundings of the River North Gallery Art scene. 

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SPLASH - CHEERS! Matthew McCahill New FB Director Godfrey Hotel Chicago

We’re thrilled for Matthew McCahill, who’s taken a new position at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron) as director of food and beverage. McCahill will oversee the hotel’s meeting and event space and I|O Urban Roofscape, a fourth floor venue set to open in 2014. 

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Chicago Business Journal - Godfrey Hotel aiming for early 2014 opening

As the Godfrey Hotel prepares for its debut early next year, the new Chicago hotel property is fleshing out its top management. The newest executive to join the top ranks is Matthew McCahill, who will be food and beverage director at the 221-room property. McCahill joins Jermaine Anderson as hotel manager and Adam Schomaker, who will head up sales and marketing.

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Curbed Chicago - Reborn as Godfrey, River North Hotel Joins Surge in Hospitality Sector

The largely-completed structure once set to house a mainstream and fairly-modest Staybridge Suites is kicking toward the finish line as The Godfrey Hotel. Oxford Capital and Cube Capital took control of the 16-story "mummy of River North" and got on board with the more upscale boutique concept forValerio Dewalt Train's weaving, shimmering, "Cubist-influenced" design.

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American Institute of Steel Construction - The Godfrey Hotel Chicago The First Staggered Truss Project in Chicago

After a four-year delay and new ownership of the building, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, a new boutique hotel has begun construction in the River North neighborhood.  The hotel is the first staggered truss project in Chicago--the design allows for large open spaces and potential cost savings. 

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Yahoo News - Oxford Capital Group-Led Venture Announces the Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Chicago

Plans to open The Godfrey Hotel Chicago in 2013 were announced today by Oxford 127 Huron Hotel Venture Property Company, LLC, an Oxford Capital Group, LLC-led venture with Cube Capital, a $1.3 billion global alternatives investment manager. Situated at 127 West Huron Street in Chicago's trendy River North neighborhood, the 16-story upper upscale lifestyle hotel is adjacent to the Hotel Felix Chicago, another successful project led by Oxford.
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Successful Meetings – ‘Upper Upscale’ Godfrey Hotel Plans 2013 Opening in Chicago

Following a four-year construction delay, Chicago-based developer Oxford Capital Group has assumed ownership of a partially completed hotel in downtown Chicago, it announced this week. The 16-story property — work on which was stalled in 2008 due to a foreclosure lawsuit that has since been settled — originally was slated to be part of InterContinental Hotel Group's Staybridge Suites brand. Instead, it will be an independent, full-service hotel known as The Godfrey Hotel.
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Crain’s Chicago Business – Chicago hoteliers begin building boom

With more tourists, business travelers and conventioneers visiting the city, downtown Chicago is about to get more of something else: hotel rooms. Seven hotels comprising 2,340 rooms are under construction downtown…
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World Interior Design Network – Godfrey Hotel to open in 2013

Situated at 127 West Huron Street in Chicago's trendy River North neighbourhood, the 16-storey upper upscale lifestyle hotel is adjacent to the Hotel Felix Chicago. Designed by Chicago-based Valerio Dewalt Train, the full-service hotel will include 221 rooms, with 194 studio suites and 27 one-bedroom suites that will offer panoramic views of the city skyline from all directions.
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Examiner.com – Chicago gets another upscale boutique hotel in 2013

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago will open in 2013 situated at 127 West Huron Street in Chicago's River North neighborhood. The 16-story upper upscale lifestyle hotel is adjacent to the Hotel Felix Chicago. "We believe The Godfrey Hotel will become instantly recognizable due to its prominent location, distinctive architecture, compelling interior design, its host of amenities and most important of all, an extremely high touch, customer friendly service ethic,” says John W. Rutledge…
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Chicago Business Journals – Adam Schomaker | People On The Move

Chicago Business Journals – Jermaine Anderson | People On The Move