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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago has garnered rave reviews as one of Chicago’s finest, and most exciting boutique luxury lifestyle hotels. Please find our most recent press and news below.
THE NEW YORK TIMES - HOTEL REVIEW: THE GODFREY IN CHICAGOopens in a new tab
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.
MICHIGAN AVENUE - TOP 10 HOTEL BARS IN CHICAGOopens in a new tab
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.
MICHIGAN AVENUE - NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE: WHERE TO EAT & DRINK IN RIVER NORTHopens in a new tab
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.
BUSINESS TRAVEL DESTINATIONS.COM - THE GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO REVIEWopens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO MAGAZINE - DOLCE ITALIAN WILL DEBUT IN RIVER NORTH THIS SUMMERopens in a new tab
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.
TIME OUT - ORDER THE ORDER A GENTLEMAN ORDERSopens in a new tab
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.
THE DAILY MEAL - CHICAGO'S CHEFS SHARE THEIR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONSopens in a new tab
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.
ZAGAT - DINING DEALS AND EVENTS: EGGNOG, CHAMPAGNE AND FREE DONUTSopens in a new tab
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.
THRILLIST - CHICAGO'S 11 BEST NEW BARS OF THE YEARopens in a new tab
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?
MICHIGAN AVENUE - CHICAGO'S TOP RESTAURANT & BAR OPENINGS OF 2014opens in a new tab
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.
MICHIGAN AVENUE - END OF YEAR CHAMPAGNE TASTING PARTYopens in a new tab
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.
MICHIGAN AVENUE - WHAT TO DO ON NEW YEAR'S EVEopens in a new tab
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.
MEDILL REPORTS - UNPACKING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRYopens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO EATER - 50 OPTIONS: HERE'S YOUR COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO NEW YEAR'S EVEopens in a new tab
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.
FIJI WATER - THE GODFREY HOTELopens in a new tab
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.
CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS - GREAT (AND NOT SO GREAT) MOMENTS IN CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE 2014opens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - CHAMPAGNE TASTING AT I|O URBAN ROOFSCAPEopens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO FOOD AUTHORITY - ENJOYS LUNCH AT DOLCE ITALIANopens in a new tab
Local Social Media Ambassadors "Chicago Food Authority" dined in Dolce Italian posting their enjoyment of many dishes.
CHICAGO MAG - LISTED DOLCE #1 ON THEIR AUGUST 2015 HOT LIST OF RESTAURANTS
CHICAGO MAG - LISTED DOLCE #1 ON THEIR AUGUST 2015 HOT LIST OF RESTAURANTS
CHICAGO MAG - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DINING THIS WEEKopens in a new tab
Good news! Dolce Italian (127 E. Huron St., River North, 312-754-0700) is adding a daily breakfast service from 7–11 a.m. and a lunch service from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Menu attractions include a Bolognese burger with meat sauce and Swiss cheese, perfect for when you’re in the mood for something light.
CHICAGO EATER - DOLCE ITALIAN ADDS BREAKFAST & LUNCH; MOREopens in a new tab
A little more than two months after opening for dinner service, Dolce Italian in the Godfrey Hotel has now added daily breakfast (7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.). Read chef Paolo Dorigato's full menus below.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - DON'T MISS RESTAURANTS TO TRY THIS SUMMERopens in a new tab
It's time again for my Summer Eating List. Patterned after the summer reading lists that haunted my school days, this list tells you the recently opened, soon-to-open and hoping-to-open restaurants to keep in mind for a summer of dining enrichment.
THE VEGETARIAN TOURIST - CHICAGO HAPPENINGS - OCTOBER RECAPopens in a new tab
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.
GAPERS BLOCK - THANKSGIVING DINING ROUND-UP IN CHICAGOopens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO EATER - WHERE TO EAT BRUNCH IN CHICAGO RIGHT NOW, NOVEMBER 2015opens in a new tab
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.
DINING CHICAGO - BRUNCH BITES: LA STANZA RISTORANTE AND DOLCE ITALIANopens in a new tab
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.
HOTEL NEWS NOW - STRAIGHT-TO-ROOM IS COMING...AND I CAN'T WAITopens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - BREAKFAST WITH INA: 3 GREAT HOTEL SPOTS TO START YOUR MORNINGSopens in a new tab
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.
CHECK, PLEASE! - A THANKSGIVING WITH FLAIR AT DOLCE ITALIANopens in a new tab
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.
SHOWBIZ SHELLY - LOT OF CELEBS SPEND HALLOWEEN AT THE GODFREY HOTELopens in a new tab
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!
GINSBERG'S - GIANT GROUP COCKTAILS FIILING SIZABLE NICHEopens in a new tab
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.
CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS - WHEN FUNDRAISING COMES SECONDopens in a new tab
Fashion and Cocktails will feature a fashion show, music and plenty of food and drink at Godfrey Hotel's rooftop lounge.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - AROUND TOWN: ELENA DELLE DONNE FEATURED IN NIKE'S 'SNOW DAY"opens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - SIGHTING: TARAJI P. HENSON DRESSED AS CHEETAH FOR CHICAGO HALLOWEEN PARTYopens in a new tab
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.
CHOOSE CHICAGO - 2016 GUIDE: BEST THINGS TO DO ON NEW YEAR'S EVEopens in a new tab
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.
THRILLIST- THE 13 BEST ROOFTOP BRUNCHES IN CHICAGOopens in a new tab
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.
THE REAL CHICAGO- THE GREAT OUTDOORS: WE ASKED CHICAGOANS FOR SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE OUTDOOR VENUES TO GRAB A BITE OR DRINKS THIS SUMMERopens in a new tab
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.
CHEATSHEET- 6 LEGENDARY HOTEL BARS EVERY STYLISH MAN MUST VISITopens in a new tab
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.
SKIFT- IS IT CRISIS TIME FOR HOTELTONIGHT OR ALL SYSTEMS GO?opens in a new tab
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.
MICHIGAN AVENUE- 10 ROOFTOP BRUNCHES TO ENJOY BEFORE SUMMER ENDSopens in a new tab
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.
MICHIGAN AVENUE- 8 DRINKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT FRUITY COCKTAILSopens in a new tab
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.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE- LOLLA SIGHTINGS: ONE DIRECTION MEMBERS TAKE IN MUSIC FESTopens in a new tab
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.