Billy Dec

Billy Dec is CEO / Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, Chicago’s premier restaurant and entertainment development company, specializing in the creation, marketing and management of some of the city’s top venues including its latest concept, the New Asian restaurant Sunda, as well as the Underground and the ever-popular Rockit Bar & Grill (with locations in River North and Wrigleyville). In 2008 Dec won the USA Operator of the Year Award and was nominated for an Emmy as Host of NBC’s show “24/7”. He is an Attorney At Law, a student at The Harvard Business School and is actively involved in various committees and boards for non-profit organizations in Chicago including The American Cancer Society, The Lookingglass Theatre Company, After School Matters and the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee where he served as Director of Cultural Relations.

Where were you born ?
Chicago, IL - Lincoln Park
How long in Chicago:
My whole life!
Lincoln Park
Restaurateur, Attorney, Emmy Winning Host, CEO/Founder Rockit Ranch Productions
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
La Scarola
Best place for late night dining:
The Wiener Circle
Best dessert:
Margie’s Candies
Best place for a romantic date:
Chicago architectural boat tour
Best Sunday brunch:
Hautest Club/Lounge:
The Underground
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Peninsula Chicago
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
Lincoln Park as it encompasses the zoo, farm, and ponds as it meets the beach!
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Peninsula Chicago
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Everything in Bucktown
Best Spa:
The Spa at the Peninsula Chicago
Favorite Charity Event:
Mad Hatter's Ball
Favorite Cultural Event:
Macy's Glamorama
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Art Institute of Chicago
Best Aspect of Chicago:
Definitely the hard working, fun, diverse, appreciative, smart, energetic and kind people.
Best Steakhouse:
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Connie's Pizza Inc. & Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Best Lunch:
Rockit Bar & Grill
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
H.E.R.O. Fitness & Equinox
Best Massage:
Maria at Mario Tricoci
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Diva Limo
Best Museum/Exhibit:
T.Rex Sue at the Field Museum
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Wrigley Field (and Rockit Wrigley across the street!)
Best Sushi:
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