The United Center, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls and hospitality partner Levy Restaurants today unveiled details of Chicago Pours, a bar experience bringing together signature drinks and expertise from 15 of Chicago's favorite bars that will be featured throughout the season. The concept, which includes renovated lounges on the United Center's Lexus Club Level, builds upon last year's Chicago's Plate program, which introduced beloved restaurants from around the city into the arena.
Beginning with the start of the Bulls' and Blackhawks' regular seasons, the Chicago Pours experience will present a dynamic menu of rotating cocktails at each game and event. The menu centers on hand-crafted cocktails using the freshest ingredients from a who's who of Chicago's critically-acclaimed bars and mixologists. Chicago Pours will also feature pop-up mixologist appearances and demos, curated by Breakthru Beverage and Levy Restaurants. Chicago Pours partners include:
- Bar DeVille
- The Drifter
- The Duck Inn
- Green River
- Longman & Eagle
- Lost Lake
- MONEYGUN Bar
- The Pony
- The Sixth
- Spilt Milk
- Sportsman's Club
- The Whistler
Chicago Pours will join the United Center's existing beverage experts and unique in-venue bars to form the premier local beverage program at an entertainment venue. The United Center team grew last year with the addition Big Star margaritas, exclusive and rare brews from Goose Island, and a curated beer program from Breakthru Beverage Group's Master Cicerone David Kahle. The arena also sports one-of-a-kind vantage points at the 300-level overlook bars, Goose Island Pub and Crown Royal Whisky Bar.
The success of Chicago's Plate last season provided the blueprint for bringing Chicago's favorite food and beverages into the United Center, taking a local food hall approach to foster a deeper connection between fans and the venue.
Chicago's Plate will also expand this year, as part of the United Center's ongoing transformation. At new concession stands in the 300 level, fans can look forward to favorites from Chicago's Dish and Legacy Burger, both introduced last year on the main concourse. Chicago icon Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse and made-to-order pizza stop Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizzeria will join Chicago's Plate on the main concourse, featuring Gibson's Angus sliders, shoestring potatoes and Rush St. Manhattans, and Woodgrain's hand-tossed, oven-fired pizzas.
The United Center is the largest arena in North America and has hosted more than 50 million guests since its opening in 1994. Each year, the arena hosts over 200 events.
About Chicago Pours
Launching in the 2016-17 season, Chicago Pours builds upon the United Center's strong dining program to bring a groundbreaking craft cocktail program starring top bar talent from 15 of Chicago's most-talked about bars. Chicago Pours bar partners will take over the Club Level bars throughout the season offering signature cocktails and craft cocktail demonstrations.
About Chicago's Plate
Launched in 2015, Chicago's Plate is a central piece of an ongoing renovation plan for the United Center, further establishing the United Center as a destination hub on the Near West Side. Chicago's Plate features the signature dishes of over 20 of the city's hottest restaurant concepts including: Big Star, Leghorn Chicken, Connie's Pizza, Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse, Amy's Candy Bar, Publican Quality Meats, Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, Lillie's Q, LQ Chicken Shack, Mrs. Levy's Deli, Sweet Baby Rays and Vienna Beef.
About Levy Restaurants
Founded in 1978, Levy has pioneered premium sports and entertainment dining and remains one of America's fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies. Named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine, Levy's diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants, iconic sports and entertainment venues, and convention centers as well as the Grammy Awards, PGA Championship, US Open Tennis Tournament, Kentucky Derby, and NHL, MLB, NBA All-Star Games, and has been named 2015 NHL Retailer of the Year. For more, visit www.levyrestaurants.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Michael Reinsdorf, President and COO, Chicago Bulls: "The Bulls, Blackhawks and the United Center are dedicated to providing each person that walks into the arena with an excellent experience. We are continually investing to elevate our fan experience and establish the United Center as a premier dining and entertainment destination. The introduction of Chicago Pours and the evolution of Chicago's Plate are exciting next steps in that process."
Danny Wirtz, Vice-Chairman, Breakthru Beverage Group: "The successful launch of the Chicago's Plate dining program last season has led to the evolution of a one-of-a-kind beverage counterpart to the United Center's game night experience. In partnership with some of the city's premier bars, Chicago Pours will showcase dynamic mixologists and allow them to curate exclusive offerings for our fans."
Terry Savarise, Senior Vice President of Operations, United Center: "With the addition of the public atrium and upcoming renovations to the United Center campus, our focus has always centered around building the best experience for our fans. In partnership with Levy Restaurants, Bulls and Blackhawks, the expansion of the dining program with the launch of Chicago's Plate laid the foundation for an even greater food selection for our guests. Chicago Pours- an exclusive craft cocktail program- is the perfect addition to take our food and beverage offerings to the next level."
Andy Lansing, President and CEO, Levy Restaurants: "In designing the Chicago Pours experience, we sought out not only the most-talked about bars, but star-power bar talent who would resonate with the fans and complement what we've brought forward with Chicago's Plate. Fans this season will enjoy some of the best cocktails in the city, representing a true cross-section of our neighborhoods and the diverse talent and tastes found here."