The Godfrey Hotel Introduces Chicago’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor Rooftop Lounge I|O

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New boutique hotel’s food and beverage concept opens February 2014 with rare views of Chicago skyline.

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 West Huron Street) announces today the food and beverage concept I|O, a 10,000 square-foot urban roofscape located in the epicenter of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, will open in February 2014. With its captivating southern Chicago skyline views from its fourth floor perch at The Godfrey Hotel, I|O will serve as the largest indoor/outdoor, all-season rooftop lounge and bar in Chicago.

At I|O, warm, intimate interior spaces give way to Chicago’s open skies under a state-of-the art roof that allows for unobstructed views of the city.

"While other retractable rooftops require support beams that can obstruct views, I|O’s unique design retracts from the top and corner supports, allowing guests to witness Chicago’s extraordinary panorama," says Matthew McCahill, food and beverage director at The Godfrey Hotel.

I|O offers two full-service bars and lounge seating at the roofscape’s two-level fire pit, which will also serve as a beacon to guests above bustling LaSalle Street. In addition to the fire pit, I|O’s water wall feature, open-air seating, and modern stingray-inspired cabana canopies provide nods to the elements. A customizable LED video wall, free WiFi, a green room for talent, and superior sound and lighting system make I|O the perfect venue for DJs, live music performances and private events.

I|O’s menu will feature tasteful preparations of Chicago’s favorite foods while the beverage program will introduce a new spin on chef-inspired cocktails. Additional programming will continue to surprise and delight guests during the week and the weekend, including brunch, sets with sought-after DJs, and more.

"The inside and outside environments offer something for everyone. Guests can enjoy happy hour with friends at communal tables or relax in one of the cabana lounge areas while enjoying bites and signature cocktails," adds McCahill.

I|O will also serve as the premier destination in River North for private events with more than 1,500 square feet of space perfect for everything from corporate daytime meetings to wedding receptions. An intimate, interior VIP room will accommodate up to 36 guests for a private reception, while a separate indoor event space, Truss, will accommodate up to 100 seated guests or 150 standing guests. Portico, an exterior space on the eastern side of the roofscape, will offer outdoor meeting and event capabilities. When combined, the exterior and interior spaces will accommodate weddings and private events for up to 300 guests.

"There’s an energy that flows through our concept and our space. We anticipate a big reception this winter," concludes McCahill.

For more information about the Godfrey Hotel, visit Join the Godfrey on Facebook at and on Twitter at And visit I|O on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About The Godfrey Hotel

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago will open in February 2014 in Chicago’s energetic River North neighborhood. The 16-story, 221 guestrooms, upper upscale lifestyle hotel features a cubist-influenced, industrial façade and marble-clad, elliptical hotel lobby, mirroring the eclectic, chic surroundings of the River North Gallery Art scene.

About Oxford Capital Group, LLC

Oxford Capital Group, LLC is a diversified national real estate investment and development firm, focused on complicated, large scale acquisitions, redevelopments, and operational turnarounds, with an emphasis on hotels, resorts, conference centers, senior housing and other operationally intensive forms of real estate. Oxford's geographic focus includes high barrier-to-entry markets around the country, including Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Charleston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other select markets. Oxford and its affiliates have been involved in approximately $2.5 billion of real estate and private equity transactions, including approximately 12,000 hotel rooms. For information, visit

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