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Member profiles: Winter WonderLoop partners The Berghoff Restaurant and Block Thirty Seven

Winter WonderLoop is made possible through the generous support of: Restaurant Partner the Berghoff Restaurant Group, serving family recipes in the Loop for 114 years; Retail Partner Block Thirty Seven, introducing the Loop's newest shopping destination; and Cultural Partner Time Out Chicago, whose editors helped select the 10 Wonders of the Loop for the holidays.

The Berghoff Restaurant

The Berghoff Restaurant is a Chicago classic, serving German-American cuisine and culture since 1898. One of the oldest family-run businesses in the nation, it is now run by fourth generation, Carlyn Berghoff. First generation, Herman Berghoff, opened the Berghoff doors as a men’s only saloon and made his start serving free corned beef sandwiches with the purchase of a stein of Berghoff Beer. Surviving Prohibition and obtaining Chicago’s No. 1 Liquor License, the Berghoff declared itself a Chicago staple. Throughout the years, the Berghoff expanded into a full-service restaurant and continues to set the bar for casual dining experiences. At today’s Berghoff, menus have evolved to add newer, lighter and more contemporary dishes, but it’s still the same old Berghoff, down to the famous Berghoff Root Beer. Berghoff began its annual Oktoberfest in 1985 and continues to host one of the city’s best outdoor German festivals to this day.

The Berghoff is hosting an array of activities this holiday season; kids who find the pickle ornament hidden in our famous tree will receive a free root beer. Everyone will enjoy when Santa stops by, whether it's with his friend Herman der German or when it's to pose for pictures on December 22! We'll also be offering a special prix fix menu and on extra-busy days, the downstairs space will be turned into a 'holiday hideaway lounge' complete with bites to nibble, games for the kids and merchandise for those last-minute gifts.

Prost!

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Block Thirty Seven

Block Thirty Seven, Shops on State, is proud to support Chicago Loop Alliance & Winter WonderLoop 2012! Be sure to mark your calendars on Thursday, December 20th for a special holiday performance at Block Thirty Seven from Tony Award winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet. From all of us at Block Thirty Seven, we’d like to wish everyone a joyous and prosperous holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Taking its name from one of the original 58 city blocks established in 1830, Block Thirty Seven was there at Chicago's birth. Today it stands as an iconic symbol of Chicago's exciting future. Bordered by State, Randolph, Dearborn and Washington streets, Block Thirty Seven encompasses an entire city block in the heart of Chicago’s downtown Loop. It features an eclectic mix of shopping, dining and entertainment within a five-story atrium.

The center has direct access to Chicago’s Pedway as well as the CTA Red Line and Blue Line. A luxury residential component and hotel are also in the early planning stages.

On December 10, Chicago Loop Alliance and Friends of Downtown are hosting Alderman Brendan Reilly's community presentation for the amendment to the Planned Development that governs Block Thirty Seven.

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