River North hotel celebrates award for hosting the best promo party of the year

    I|O at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

(CHICAGO, IL; April 20, 2015) – Rain or shine, you can bet on Chicago’s premier Kentucky Derby Party at I|O, located on the fourth floor of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron St. at LaSalle). Held in partnership with Woodford Reserve and The Goorin Bros. Hat Company, the Kentucky Derby Party offers a day filled with contests, chef-inspired cocktails, and a special Derby Day menu on Saturday, May 2 from 12:00–8:00 p.m. Guests are invited to sign up on the day of the event and reserve their seat for an exclusive Bourbon 101 tasting class, taking place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. As a special treat, the first 100 guests to arrive at the event receive a commemorative Woodford Reserve copper cup. 

Donned in traditional Derby attire, attendees are invited to watch the Kentucky Derby from Chicago’s urban roofscape, featuring a retractable roof with sweeping views of Chicago’s south-facing skyline. Diners can choose dishes from a special Derby Day menu and carving station, as well as springtime cocktails to appease Derby lovers during the greatest two minutes in sports history. 

Derby Day isn’t complete without the token animated attire and fashion staple hats. Cue the Goorin Bros. Hat Company, located onsite with hats available for purchase to give outfits the necessary Derby look. Guests also have the opportunity to win prizes for the “Best Dressed,” “Best Couple,” and “Best Hat” at the party.

I|O’s annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Event was recently named 2015 Promo, Party or Event of the Year, by the Nightclub & Bar Awards following last year’s celebration. The Nightclub & Bar Awards is the industry’s premier program for recognizing and applauding excellence in bar, nightclub and lounge concept development, operations, promotion, innovation, and success.

Guests must RSVP to attend this year’s event and space is limited. Interested attendees can visit: http://iogodfrey.com/events/woodford-reserve-derby-party/ and are encouraged to use hashtag #IODerby during the event.

 About The Godfrey Hotel

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is a hotel project of Oxford 127 Huron Hotel Venture Property Company, LLC, an Oxford Capital Group, LLC-led venture that includes Quadrum Group, a $1.3 billion global alternatives investment manager. It is managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC. The Godfrey Hotel opened February 1, 2014 and is currently taking reservations at a rate of $159, non-inclusive of tax and gratuity, subject to change. The name Godfrey has a meaning of ‘peace’ and ‘welcome’ to travelers. To make a reservation, please visit www.godfreyhotelchicago.com. For up-to-date news about the property, follow the hotel’s Facebook and Twitter

 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 13,000 hotel rooms. For information, visit www.oxford-capital.com.For information, visit www.oxford-capital.com.

 About Quadrum Group

Quadrum is a global private equity investment and advisory group focusing on real estate and asset-backed investment strategies.  Through its network of 9 offices and affiliates worldwide the firm is currently targeting distressed and repositioning opportunities in developed markets of US and Europe as well as development in select emerging markets of the former Soviet Union and Southeast Asia. The group currently has over US$400 million of equity capital invested in real estate projects with the overall value in excess of US$1bn. Quadrum was initially part of Cube Capital Group until it was spun off and became independent in 2013.