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Riva Crab House Seafood Month & National Lobster Day Specials

In celebration of National Seafood Month this June, Riva Crab House on Navy Pier will highlight several specialty dishes including the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Haddock Fish & Chips (lunch only), Colossal White Gulf Shrimp and Alaskan Halibut.

In addition, in recognition of National Lobster Day on Wednesday, June 15 they will feature a 1-¼ lb Whole Maine Lobster with Linguine entrée for $35 per person.

SEAFOOD MONTH SPECIALS
June 1 – 30
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Louis sauce, capers, Asian style salad
$14 lunch
$16 dinner

Haddock Fish & Chips
Fresh Boston Haddock, fries, coleslaw
$17 (lunch only)

Colossal White Gulf Shrimp
Heirloom tomatoes, andouille, cucumber, basil, oven-dried tomato
$28

Alaskan Halibut
Fennel pollen, hom shimenji mushrooms, edamame, broccolini, yuzu essence
$32 

NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY
Wednesday, June 15
Riva Lobster Diavolo
1-1/4lb. whole Maine lobster with linguine in spicy tomato sauce
$35

RIVA Crab House on Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
312.644.7482
www.rivanavypier.com

LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier Now Open

The newly renovated LandShark Beer Garden is now open for the 2011 summer season.  Located at the East End of Navy Pier, the beer garden is a great place for guests to unwind and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront while listening to the hottest local bands play five nights a week.  Residents and visitors, alike, will enjoy the outdoor atmosphere, surrounded by the unique personality of Navy Pier and the Chicago Skyline.

Headlined by its signature LandShark Lager, the new beverage menu will feature imports, microbrews and domestic beers as well as trendy cocktails and frozen drinks.  For guests craving a quick bite, the quick-service walk-up window will offer summer favorites including homemade pizza, brats soaked in LandShark Lager, burgers and more.

New this year to the LandShark Beer Garden, The Bait Shack Café will feature table service along with the best seats in town for Navy Pier’s summer firework shows.  The menu at The Bait Shack Café features a variety of fun summer foods such as Chicken Pot Stickers, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, LandShark Double Stacked Angus Cheeseburgers, and a Crispy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

At the center of the action by day or night, The LandShark Beer Garden is also the perfect backdrop for fun social gatherings and casual corporate events.  Full food and drink menus are available upon request.

The LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier
Navy Pier 700 E. Grand
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 595-5439
www.chicagosbestbeergarden.com

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Holidays: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

About The LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier
The LandShark Beer Garden, on the East End of Navy Pier, is a great place to unwind and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront while listening to the hottest local bands.  Residents and visitors, alike, will enjoy the outdoor atmosphere, surrounded by the unique personality of Navy Pier and the Chicago Skyline.  At the center of the action by day or night, The LandShark Beer Garden is the perfect backdrop for fun social gatherings and casual corporate events.

The Crystal Gardens Named Top Pick in The Knot Best of Weddings 2011

Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants is pleased to announce The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier has been selected as a 2011 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section in The Knot magazine and on www.theknot.com, the number-one wedding resource that’s most trusted by brides. The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. 

The Crystal Gardens has recently unveiled new wedding package options including, Feta Watermelon Spikes, Porcini Crusted Chilean Sea Bass, Ice Cream Sundae or Sorbert Bar and Chocolate Nachos. There is no room rental fee, simply a food and beverage minimum. The Crystal Gardens accommodate anywhere from 100 to 1,500 people, making the venue ideal for a wedding reception of any size. The complete wedding package options are available upon request.

THE CRYSTAL GARDENS
Navy Pier
700 East Grand Avenue
Mezzanine Level
Chicago, IL 60611
p: (312) 595.5436
f: (312) 595.5451

About The Crystal Gardens Navy Pier
The Crystal Gardens, operated by Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants, is a beautiful indoor, oneacre, botanical garden that can accommodate events from 100 to 1,500 guests. This sixstory glass atrium with a 50 foot arched ceiling holds over 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging ‘twinkle lights’ and dancing ‘leapfrog’ fountains. Located on Chicago’s #1 tourist attraction, the famous Navy Pier, the Crystal Gardens provides spectacular views of the Chicago Skyline, Lake Michigan, the Ferris wheel, and Navy Pier’s Dock Street.

About The Knot Inc.
The Knot Inc. (NASDAQ: KNOT; www.theknot.com) is a leading lifestage media company. The Company’s flagship brand, The Knot, is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching well over a million engaged couples each year through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com. Other products from The Knot include The Knot national and local magazines, The Knot books (published by Random House and Chronicle) and television programming bearing The Knot name (aired on the Style and Comcast Networks). The Company also owns WeddingChannel.com, the most visited wedding gift registry website. 

Odyssey Cruises Celebrates 20 Years

Odyssey Cruises Founder Michael Higgins
Odyssey Cruises founder and CEO Michael Higgins was just 25 years old when he dreamed up the concept of creating a dinner cruise that would feature upscale dining, service and entertainment while cruising along Chicago’s spectacular skyline.  Higgins developed an understanding of the dining boat business while working as a bartender on the Spirit of Chicago dining vessel in the late 1980s where he then developed a passion for the hospitality industry.  Envisioning an upscale service offered on a sleek yacht, he penned his business idea on the back of a beverage napkin and ultimately into a business plan that quickly gained the attention of a local entrepreneur who backed the new venture and Odyssey Cruises was born.  After construction of the new yacht outside New Orleans and an interesting 30-day journey through the St. Lawrence Seaway, the newly constructed and sleek 175-foot Odyssey I and was christened in May, 1991 at Navy Pier.   

Odyssey Cruises quickly launched into a successful operation and never looked back.  By the end of the inaugural season in 1991, it was determined that a larger Odyssey vessel would be needed to keep pace with the increased passenger demand as Navy Pier began a series of large scale renovations.

The larger 200-ft. Odyssey II was constructed and arrived at Navy Pier in early 1993.  Today, 20 years after Odyssey I first arrived in Chicago, Odyssey Cruises has grown into the nation’s largest dining boat company with 24 vessels in seven major U.S. cities and serving well over one million passengers annually.

A Chicagoland native, Higgins has always kept his roots local.  “Chicago is a great city, so after graduating from DePaul University, I naturally planned on building my career here.  What I didn’t plan on is beginning a career in the dining boat business!  I’m blessed to be involved in such a great business, combining hospitality, dining and the marine industries into a unique entertainment experience.  Chicago is a world-class city with a stunning lakefront and skyline, and my career has been built around providing our passengers with a unique venue to celebrate special occasions of all types and sizes.” 

Odyssey Today
Docked at Chicago’s Navy Pier, more than two million passengers have enjoyed all the amenities that Odyssey Chicago has to offer, including live entertainment, plated dining, gracious service and amazing skyline views.  Along with brunch, lunch, dinner and moonlight cruises, Odyssey’s Fireworks Dinner Cruises continue to be the most sought-after.

Higgins reflects, “Who would have thought a 25 year old bartender with an idea on a napkin would end up with a fleet of 24 vessels 20 years later?”  Today, Odyssey Cruises operates under the parent company name of Entertainment Cruises and is still headquartered in Chicago, employing 500 locally and over 1,500 nationally.

Odyssey Facts:

–          200 feet long and 55 feet high

–          Weighs over 800 tons

–          Built in the bayou of Louisiana, approximately 70 miles southwest of New Orleans

–          Endured a 30-day delivery through 20-foot seas in the Atlantic, through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes before arriving to her home in Chicago

–          The first ship at Navy Pier to cruise year-round

–          Odyssey’s 800-passenger vessel is the largest dining vessel on the Great Lakes

–          The first actual restaurant on the water and the only to offer plated dining

–          In addition to Navy Pier, Odyssey can board and disembark from many locations including McCormick Place and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

Fireworks Dinner Cruises Aboard The Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue

Entertainment Cruises is proud to announce a full schedule of fireworks dinner cruises aboard the Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue.  Chicagoans are invited to catch the Navy Pier Fireworks display most Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Special Fireworks Cruises will also be available for July 4th.

All prices below are per person and do not yet include taxes and other fees.  Dates and times are subject to change. 

Complete menus, photos and further details are available upon request.  

ODYSSEY FIREWORKS DINNER CRUISES
Odyssey’s Fireworks Dinner Cruises feature plated dinner, live entertainment, dancing and amazing views of the Navy Pier Fireworks Display.

Wednesdays: Board 6:00 PM, Cruise 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, from $102.90
Saturdays: Board 7:30 PM, Cruise 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM, from $123.90

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 305-2469 or visiting www.odyssey.com

SPIRIT OF CHICAGO FIREWORKS DINNER CRUISES
Guests will feast on a sumptuous dinner buffet and enjoy live performances from talented staff members, DJ entertainment for dancing with spectacular views of the Navy Pier Fireworks display. 

Wednesdays: Board: 6:30 PM, Cruise: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, from $85.90
Saturdays: Board: 7:45 PM, Cruise: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM, from $96.90

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 273 – 2469 or visiting www.spiritofchicago.com.

MYSTIC BLUE FIREWORKS DINNER CRUISES
Indulge in a tasty dinner buffet while enjoying cool DJ tunes, contemporary decor and the Navy Pier Fireworks Display.

Wednesdays: Board: 6:30 PM, Cruise: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, from $79.90
Saturdays: Board: 7:45 PM, Cruise: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM, from $90.90

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (877) 299-7783 or by visiting www.mysticbluecruises.com.

Earth Day Specials and Events

CITY EVENTS

CHENS CHINESE AND SUSHI
3506 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.549.9100 | www.chenschicago.com

KOI
624 Davis Street | Evanston, IL 60201 | 847.866.6969 | www.koievanston.com

Koi and Chen’s Literally Go Green
Friday, April 22
Guests will enjoy special GREEN menu items like Vegetable Dumplings ($4.95), Edamame ($4.50) and Green Tea Ice Cream ($3.95) at Koi and Chens.  Photo of green vegetable dumpling available upon request. 

CITYSCAPE BAR
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.836.5000 |  www.cityscapebar.com

Earth Day Celebration at Cityscape Bar    
Friday, April 22
Cocktails are $5 each
Cityscape Bar, located on the 15th floor of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, will celebrate Earth Day with specialty organic drinks for $5, including the Organic Pear Fizz (Tru Organic Vanilla Vodka, Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider and chopped and muddled Organic Pear), Peak Organic Amber Ale and Momokawa Organic Ginjo Sake. 

RIVA CRAB HOUSE on Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 | www.rivanavypier.com

RIVA Celebrates Earth Day with Organic Wine Specials
Friday, April 22
$7 Glasses of Organic Wine
RIVA Crab House located on Navy Pier will celebrate Earth Day this April with Organic Wines available for $7 each.  The wine selections will include Candoni Organic Merlot and Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio.  Guests can also indulge in an array of bites from the menu including appetizers, soups, salads, premium seafood and prime steaks.

Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago & Mystic Blue Mother’s Day Cruises

The distinguished Odyssey, festive Spirit of Chicago and contemporary Mystic Blue cruise ships will all celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8 with amazing skyline views, plentiful brunches and delectable, entertaining dinners each with their distinctive flair. Moms cruise free on any of the classic cruise ships with a purchase of 3 adult tickets. TICKETS CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER.

All prices below are per person and exclude taxes and other fees. Complete menus, photos and further details are available upon request.  

Odyssey Mother’s Day Brunch Cruises
EARLY: Board 9:30 AM, Cruise 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $64.90, Kids are 40% off, Mothers are free with a purchase of 3 adult tickets.
AFTERNOON: Board 1:30 PM, Cruise 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, $69.90, Kids are 40% off, Mothers are free with a purchase of 3 adult tickets.

This distinguished cruise will include elegant brunch food stations, complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa, a rose for Mom and live entertainment. 

Odyssey Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise
Board 5:30 PM, Cruise 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, $79.90, Kids are 40% off, Mothers are free with a purchase of 3 adult tickets

The elegant Odyssey will offer a plated dinner menu, complimentary glass of champagne while boarding, a rose for Mom and live entertainment.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 305-2469 or by visiting www.odyssey.com.

Spirit of Chicago Mother’s Day Brunch Cruises
EARLY: Board 10:30 AM, Cruise 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, $59.90, Kids are 40% off, Mothers are free with a purchase of 3 adult tickets.
AFTERNOON: Board 2:30 PM, Cruise 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $59.90, Kids are 40% off, Mothers are free with a purchase of 3 adult tickets.

Spirit of Chicago will feature a plentiful brunch buffet, spring flower for Mom, complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa, DJ and entertaining performances by a talented staff.

Spirit of Chicago Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise
Board 6:00 PM, Cruise 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, $69.90, Kids are 40% off, Mothers are free with a purchase of 3 adult tickets.

A plentiful dinner buffet, spring flower for Mom, a complimentary glass of champagne during boarding, a DJ and entertaining performances by a talented staff.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 273-2469 or by visiting www.spiritofchicago.com.

Mystic Blue Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Board 2:30 PM, Cruise 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $59.90, Kids are 40% off, Mothers are free with a purchase of 3 adult tickets.

Mystic Blue’s cool cruise will include a bountiful brunch buffet, DJ entertainment and dancing, complimentary glass of champagne and a spring flower for Mom.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (877) 299-7783 or by visiting www.mysticbluecruises.com.