Chicago-based Spot On Group has opened the group’s highly anticipated project, Shay. Located at 222 W. Ontario Street in River North, Shay offers Chicagoans a progressive environment affording after-dinner drinks and small bites in addition to the high-energy atmosphere for which Spot On Group is known.
The team behind popular River North champagne lounge, Cuvée, embarked on a complete gut rehab of the former space earlier this year and look forward to introducing the luxurious yet accessible brand to Chicagoans.
“We wanted to start from the ground up and surprise people with the transformation,” said Nicholas Thayer, Vice President of Spot On Group. “We completely gutted the interior and started from scratch. We are really proud of the end result.”
The open floor plan and natural light complement the symmetrically designed space which includes two entrances (front and back), a dimly lit raised bar near the front entrance and one that makes up the center of the spacious room. The venue offers two raised VIP areas and a DJ booth to accommodate late-evening guests. The bar finishes include the use of fine chain link, mirrors and other materials that reflect Shay’s feminine and edgy feel.
Shay’s menus include Small Bites, Cocktail, Wine, Beer, Bottle Service and Champagne and were developed by Director of Food and Beverage, Jeremy McDevitt, formerly of Publican Quality Meats. Shay’s diverse cocktail menu features unique cocktail options including the Paloma, with Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila, Steigl Radler, sea salt, and lime. Their French 75, consists of City of London Gin, lemon, Richer Pour Prosecco, and the Shay Sparkler includes Hophead Vodka, Barsol Perfecto Amor Pisco, pineapple and prosecco.
Shay’s Small Bites menu offers guests a variety of options, including their Open-Faced Crab Rangoon, which includes 5 pieces of lump crab, cream cheese, sweet chili paste, and wonton crisps. Guests can also enjoy the Mini Pretzel BLT with smokehouse bacon, romaine, roma tomatoes, tarragon aioli. The Mushroom Donuts include onion purée and gruyere fondue, and the Piri Piri Chicken Skewers are a combination of spicy chicken satay, oregano, honey, lemon, fresno chili and tzatziki. For something sweeter, Shay has created various dessert options for guests, ranging from their Grand Marnier Crème Brulee, with fresh berries, to Macaroons, with a selection of flavors to choose from. Or for a fun spin on a classic, their Ice Cream Sandwich is served with a choice of chocolate or ginger ice cream.
Shay is located at 222 W. Ontario Street in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.shaychicago.com or call (312) 654.1230.