Throwback Thursday – A Look Back at the Construction of I|O Urban Roofscape

It’s Throwback Thursday (or #ThrowbackThursday or just #TBT) and we want to take a look back at the construction and progress of I|O Urban Roofscape. From the beginning, the team envisioned what I|O Urban Roofscape is today:  a rooftop lounge with uninterrupted views of Chicago’s southern skyline.  I|O’s rooftop lounge offers panoramic views, a fire pit, shimmering water elements, a video wall and our famed retractable roof.  It boasts approximately 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.

But first, it was simply a blank canvas. Take a look at this #TBT photo below from Feb. 15, 2013 (more than one year ago), which shows I|O Urban Roofscape in the beginning.  This was from one of our many #SiteVisits and you can see parts of the impressive skyline view as initial surveying is completed.

IO Walkthrough George Jermaine 021513

Flash forward to Dec. 5, 2013 and you can see our one-of-a-kind retractable roof being installed.  A photo is below:

Roof Installation

Then, take a look at I|O Urban Roofscape today – an indoor bar with plush banquette seating, a VIP area and more.  Guests and Chicagoans can step outside and walk past the sliding glass wall to the outdoor lounge.  It makes for the perfect place to sip cocktails at the outdoor bar or enjoy lunch while taking in Chicago’s skyline.  No matter the weather, I|O Urban Roofscape offers the perfect escape and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night bites.  To view I|O’s menu, please click here.

Following are photos showing how the breath-taking rooftop lounge has evolved into Chicago’s newest hotspot:

The entry of I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

The entry of I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

The indoor bar at IO Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

The indoor bar at IO Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

The retractable roof opens during beautiful weather at IO Urban Roofscape, which is perched on the 4th Floor of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

It all comes together when you take a look at the photos from start to finish – and of course, we hope to see you soon at The Godfrey’s I|O Urban Roofscape.

#ThrowbackThursday - A look at how I|O Urban Roofscape evolved from a blank canvas to Chicago's rooftop lounge with a retractable roof, fire pit and shimmering water elements.

#ThrowbackThursday – A look at how I|O Urban Roofscape evolved from a blank canvas to Chicago’s rooftop lounge with a retractable roof, fire pit and shimmering water elements.