Chicago certainly isn't winning any superlatives for its weather, but we can officially claim bragging rights for the world's largest rooftop bar. No, really: The Guinness Book of World Records says so. Earlier this week, the annual record book bestowed the honor on Offshore, the brand-new 52,300-square-foot rooftop deck at Navy Pier. The year-round destination offers plenty of posh, glass-enclosed indoor space for those nasty Chicago winters as well as a massive wrap-around terrace outside that's dotted with fire pits and comfy furniture. Unlike the rest of Navy Pier, which is (at times) family-friendly to a fault, Offshore is only open to adults over 21. The indoor space is centered around two sprawling bars that serve wine, beer and easy-drinking cocktails like the Real Housewife of Chicago, a frozen blend of rum, Fernet-Branca, lime, banana and Chartreuse. The food menu is mostly populated by handhelds like Maine lobster deviled eggs, a fried chicken sandwich and oyster shooters. The impressive, record-breaking interior is broken down into intimate seating areas for small and large groups, and there's plenty of seating around both bars for date night. When the weather allows, the 20,000-square-foot terrace beckons with fire pits, a gaming area and stellar skyline views. Offshore is open Monday through Thursday from 4pm to midnight, Friday from 4pm to 1am, Saturday 11am to 1am and Sunday 11am to 10pm. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
There's already plenty to look forward to at the inaugural Chicago edition ComplexCon at McCormick Place on July 20 and 21, a pop culture festival that brings together streetwear brands, hip-hop performers and creative minds. The show floor will be stocked with exclusive products from more than 100 brands, including Puma, Champion, Joe Freshgoods, RSVP Gallery and Chinatown Market, while the live music stage will host sets from the likes of Schoolboy Q, Ella Mai and Taylor Bennett. When they're not shopping the latest styles, sitting in on a panel or catching a performance, ComplexCon attendees will be able to relax and refuel in a curated culinary activation that gathers some of Chicago's most beloved restaurants (and a few out-of-state imports). Today organizers announced the preliminary lineup for the the First We Feast Food Zone presented by Uber Eats, which highlights dishes from restaurants and chefs featured on Complex web series like Hot Ones and The Burger Show. The Food Zone will include a sure-to-be-popular opportunity to take the Hot Ones Wing Challenge (sans a Sean Evans interview) by eating your way through 10 chicken wings doused in progressively spicier sauces. Other highlights include Shake Shack's debut of a Windy City beef burger inspired by an Italian beef sandwich, a Harold's Chicken stand that's peddling merch made in collaboration with L.A.-based streetwear label The Hundreds and an exclusive "$5,000 burger" made by the patty geniuses at Mott St. Also
Acclaimed chef Curtis Duffy and his business partner Michael Muser are making moves in Chicago once again, announcing today that their forthcoming restaurant, Ever, will open at 1330 W Fulton Market in spring 2020. The fine-dining destination will serve 12- and 15-course tasting menus, one focused on seafood and protein and the other devoted to vegetables (though not strictly vegetarian). Ever marks Duffy and Muser's return to the West Loop after three-Michelin–star Grace shuttered abruptly in late 2017, the result of a nasty ownership battle with Grace owner and real estate developer Michael Olszewski. For months after Grace closed, Duffy and Muser were tied up in non-compete clauses that kept them from opening anything new in Chicago. The clauses ended in November 2018 and June 2019 for Duffy and Muser, respectively. “This restaurant is for Curtis,” says Muser. “His relentless ambition has not ebbed; to the contrary it has intensified. He is never satisfied.” The 6,000-square-foot restaurant will seat 75, including a private dining area for 12. According to a story from The New York Times, the tasting menus will fetch $300 to $500. Along with the steep price tag comes Duffy's obsessive attention to detail, which has been evident throughout his storied career. “At Ever, the guest does not march to our rhythm,” Duffy says in a press release. “Instead, the restaurant watches over each individual table and adjusts its cadence to the guest. Every phrase is smooth and deliver
Well, that was fast. A little more than month after Navy Pier announced that Offshore—a 36,000-square-foot rooftop deck—would open this summer, the expansive venue is already welcoming guests. Set atop Navy Pier's Festival Hall, the centerpiece of Offshore is the glass-enclosed bar and dining area that will be open year-round, housing a kitchen, several seating options and an area devoted to entertainment and gaming. The space also features several outdoor terraces stocked with seven fire pits and a stage for live performances, allowing guests to sip drinks and admire the views when the weather is cooperating. RECOMMENDED: Everything to see, eat and drink at Navy Pier While you're gazing at the waters of Lake Michigan (and the endless stream of tour boats passing by), you'll be able to enjoy a selection of cocktails, wine, champagne and regional craft beers assembled by beverage director Clay Livingston. Naturally, there are some photo-friendly drinks available for guests to document and consume, including a cocktail made with tropical lychee fruit and a creation that's served in a bag (the adult version of the Capri Sun juice bags you slurped in your youth). The food menu, which is steered by executive chef Michael Shrader, includes sharable dishes like oysters, crispy Brussels sprouts, smoked pork spare ribs and dark chocolate fondue for dessert. Thanks to its prominent location on top of Navy Pier, Offshore will also boast some of the best views of the attraction's week
There's no denying that Chicago is a great place to be single, but we could all use a break from the dating-app grind. Enter Dating IRL, an original Time Out Chicago feature that sets up two eligible singles on a blind date at a Chicago hot spot. After a night out, each dater reports back with honest feedback on first impressions, chemistry and awkward moments. This time, we matched Marcus and Nolan and sent them to Quiote in Logan Square for dinner and drinks. Let's see how it went. RECOMMENDED: Do you want Time Out editors to set you up on a blind date? Apply today. Photograph: Grace DuVal THE DATERS NOLAN, 28: Physician, optimist, food enthusiast MARCUS, 25: Designer, indoor-plant collector, Instagram junkie Photograph: Grace DuVal FIRST IMPRESSION NOLAN “We walked into the restaurant at the same time, so I met him before we sat down. He seemed comfortable and confident. I could tell we would get along.” MARCUS “We started talking right away. I could tell he was nervous, so I went into joke mode to ease the situation. After that, Nolan warmed up, and the night went by great.” Photograph: Grace DuVal CHEMISTRY NOLAN “The date lasted a while. We covered a lot of ground for a first date: interests, career, family. Our connection felt more platonic, but I enjoyed getting to know him.” MARCUS “I got the feeling from the start that it was more of a friendly connection, but we got a bit deeper as the drinks started flowing. He asked for my number afte
The third season of Stranger Things premieres on Netflix on July 4, but the Chicago Cubs are hosting a special event for fans who can't wait to return to the Upside Down. On June 24, it's Stranger Things Night at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs face off against the Atlanta Braves and you can score a red and blue fanny pack (featuring the show's distinctive font) if you snag admission via a special ticket offer. Before the game starts, you'll be able to pretend you're hanging out by the Indiana ballpark (home of minor league team the Demogorgons, we presume) while taking in a performance from ’80s cover band the Breakfast Club at Gallagher Way from 5 to 6:45pm. A press release about the event mentions that visitors might see something "strange" in front of Wrigley Field's iconic red marquee—hopefully it's just a portal to another dimension and not a ravenous monster. Once you get inside the ballpark, you'll be able to snag Stranger Things-themed Cubs merch from the team store and head to the Marquee Grill to enjoy a dish inspired by Eleven's favorite snack: Eggo Waffle Chips. Stranger Things actors Cary Elwes (who plays a new character named Major Kline) and Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) will be in attendance to throw out the first pitch and sing along with the crowd in the seventh inning stretch. Plus, you're pretty much guaranteed to hear a gnarly organ rendition of the Stranger Things theme. Tickets for the Chicago Cubs Stranger Things Night are on sale now, starting a
Elevated Films, an outdoor independent film series that supports cinema and local youth arts programs in Chicago, will kick off its summer slate with a sneak preview of Alex Thompson and Kelly O’Sullivan’s Saint Frances on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel on Thursday, June 13. The event offers an excellent opportunity for Chicagoans to see the locally made dramedy before it opens theatrically later in 2019. Saint Frances recently won two awards at the South by Southwest Film Festival where it had its world premiere in March—a surprising feat for a first feature with no recognizable stars in the cast. A single viewing makes it immediately apparent why it resonated with judges and audiences: This female-centric character study, which is shot through with compassion, insight and originality, speaks to our cultural moment in a way that other recent American movies do not. Director Thompson will be on hand at the Ace Hotel screening with members of the cast, including writer and lead actress O’Sullivan, for a post-screening Q&A moderated by filmmaker Kris Swanberg. RECOMMENDED: Where to see summer outdoor movies in Chicago' Saint Frances centers on Bridget (O’Sullivan), a 34-year-old Chicago woman with no “fancy job” (she’s a server), no boyfriend and no real direction in life. After she gets a job as a nanny for the film's title character, the 6-year-old daughter of an interracial lesbian couple in Evanston, Bridget also unexpectedly finds herself pregnant in the wake of a one-nigh
Over the last 50 years, the annual Chicago Pride Parade has evolved into one of city's biggest and most inclusive celebrations. Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists crowd the streets of Boystown and Lakeview to celebrate the occasion, with the help of decorated floats, dance troupes and live music. To honor the Pride Parade's 50th year in Chicago, we dug through the Chicago History Museum’s photo archive with longtime parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer to find old-school snaps of past events. Pfeiffer narrated the photos to life through personal stories and memories. RECOMMENDED: Discover more ways to celebrate Chicago Pride this year Relive Pride Parades past below, and don't forget to mark your calendar: The Chicago Pride Parade steps off on Sunday, June 30 at noon from Broadway and Montrose Avenue, heading south on Broadway then south on Halsted Street. From there, the procession heads east on Belmont Avenue, south on Broadway and east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. Photograph: Declan Haun courtesy Chicago History Museum 1970s The parade’s maiden 1970 voyage was more like a march, with an estimated 200 attendees walking from Washington Square Park to Civic Center (now Daley Plaza). “For me, it was incredible because I had never seen so many different types of gay people,” says Pfeiffer, who attended the inaugural event and has coordinated the parade since 1974. “I was really in the closet and kind of depressed. It was an eye-opener. After that, I got involved
If you were hanging out around the Loop on Saturday night, there's a good chance you spotted something out of the ordinary: hundreds of nearly nude cyclists streaking through the streets. This weekend, World Naked Bike Ride zipped around the North Side, encouraging thrill-seekers to strip down and saddle up to raise awareness of cyclist rights and oil dependency. RECOMMENDED: See even more photo from World Naked Bike Ride And hey, if you didn't catch the one-of-a-kind ride IRL, we've got you covered with a totally NSFW photo gallery from this year's World Naked Bike Ride Chicago. Take a look at the body paint, undies, creative costumes and, yes, very naked bods that graced Chicago streets on Saturday night. Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'
You can't miss the latest pop-up experience in the West Loop. No, really—the building at 1100 W Randolph Street is painted a shade of orange that's impossible to ignore. Louis Vuitton will open the technicolored doors to its first-ever Chicago pop-up on Saturday, June 8. The space is a living, breathing celebration of the men's Fall/Winter 2019 collection, designed by Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton's men's artistic director. The storefront is open to the public and will feature a limited-edition collection of ready-to-wear accessories that were designed exclusively for Chicago. The entire line is bright orange—just like the building's exterior—including sunglasses, a leather cap, sneakers and a chain belt. Each piece is emblazoned with Louis Vuitton's signature initials. You'll see more of Abloh throughout Chicago this month, as the Museum of Contemporary Art debuts its highly anticipated exhibition Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" on Monday, June 10. The show explores the designer's career—including his time as creative director to Kanye West and his popular streetwear company Off-White. He's also teamed up with NikeLab Chicago on the Re-Creation center, which will host workshops and an arts-focused mentorship program. Take a look around the Louis Vuitton pop-up residency below—and peep some of the orange-hued products you can find inside, too. The store is open through July 7; stop in Monday through Thursday from 11am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday