Michael Bisbee has always been fascinated by the nightlife and culinary industries so it comes at surprise that as the owner of The LGN Group he is responsible for many of Chicago’s favorite celebrity hotspots. Throughout college and during the years immediately following his graduation, Bisbee learned the ropes of the nightlife/hospitality industry by making the rounds as host, kitchen staff, bus boy, bartender and manager at numerous locations in Chicago. In 2003, Bisbee ventured into his first partnership as co-owner of Belly’s Bar & Grill (Bisbee parted ways with Belly’s in 2005). It was in October of 2005 that Bisbee took his experience from the nightlife industry that resulted in the opening of RiNo Lounge followed by Manor Nightclub, Stay Lounge and The Cedar Hotel. With The LGN Group opening a second restaurant in Spring 2011, it is safe to say that this handsome entrepreneur is on a roll.
Where were you born ?
Park Ridge, Illinois
How long in Chicago:
My entire life!
Founder and Co-Owner of The LGN Group (RiNo Lounge, Manor Nightclub, Stay Lounge & The Cedar Hotel)
La Scarola Italian Restaurant
Best place for late night dining:
Dublin's Bar & Grill
Francesco's Hole In the Wall in Northbrook. I love the Banana Chocolate Chip Cake.
Best place for a romantic date:
A Chicago Bear's Game :)
Best Sunday brunch:
Stanley's Kitchen & Tap
Manor Nightclub, RiNo Lounge & Stay Lounge
Best place for a power business meeting:
Any one of my favorite restaurants because whether the meeting goes good or bad, you get a good meal out of it!
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
Anywhere as long as it's with my family.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Peninsula Chicago
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Apartment Number 9 and KR3W Denim Co.(www.kr3wdenim.com)
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Swiss Fine Timing
Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa on Michigan Avenue
Favorite Charity Event:
PAWS Chicago Fur Ball
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Best Aspect of Chicago:
The Cedar Hotel
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
West Loop Gym
Urban Oasis Massage Therapy Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Gino the Limo Driver
The Shedd Aquarium
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Experiencing an Architecture River Cruise and biking on the Lakefront.