“The Gwen’s menu of signature cocktails
draws inspiration from artistic works and
styles, from the Renaissance movement to
contemporary pop and street art,” he said.
“In addition, the menu pays homage to
pioneer Chicago sculptor Gwen Lux with a
Upstairs at The Gwen can accommodate
groups of up to 200 people.
With a retractable glass roof and walls, I|O
Godfrey, the sprawling rooftop lounge at
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, is one of the
city’s hottest year-round spots for private
“What makes I|O Godfrey so different is
our intimate positioning within the city,”
said Sandi Robinson, director of sales at
the The Godfrey. “We are mid-level on the
hotel’s fourth floor, so you feel like you are
in the heart of the city versus on top of it.
Everyone is used to seeing the city from up
above or down below, but when you are in
the middle, you have a different apprecia-
tion for Chicago.”
The cocktail program at I|O Godfrey also
sets the venue apart, according to Robin-
“We have been fortunate enough to have
a phenomenal executive chef who un-
derstands the science of food and spirits,”
she said, pointing to Nathaniel Cayer, who
leads the food and beverage team at the
rooftop restaurant. “This science allows for
consistency every time you are here. Our
cocktails are crafted from recipes created
by our chefs in the kitchen.”
The venue designs cocktails that have
up to 16 ingredients and serves a supper
club-esque menu of upscale American fare.
“Pretty much everything is made in-house, from the pastas down to the mayo,”
With 8,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, I|O Godfrey can accommodate groups of up to 750.