Summer is in full swing and this year it means more than usual. Whether its connecting with friends from abroad whom we haven't seen since pre-pandemic or keeping it tight with our forever lockdown pods, this issue of marlo monthly offers ideas that'll suit all. From exploring Chicago to winning the ultimate carb-lovers BBQ package (deadline to enter quickly approaching so no dawdling!), summer 2022 promises to be one for the books!

hotel saint clair
Coming soon, Chicago's Hotel Saint Clair will be sporting far more than a fab new restaurant from celeb chef Fabio Viviani, a coffee bar, and a modern work/play pet-friendly vibe (Lulu approves!) -- it'll also be sporting an entirely new brand identity, courtesy of the brand strategy and creative teams at marlo.

Located steps from Michigan Avenue, the marlo brand strategy team got their history on and researched the building's legacy and prime location to settle on A Whisper Away From The Most Magnificent Mile as its tagline, an homage to the building's original occupant, the Hotel Eastgate, which referred to itself as being "just a whisper" from the famed Chicago Loop. In addition to highlighting the property's history through a touching tag, branding the space as the Hotel Saint Clair reinforces the spot's primo central location on St. Clair Street. See what can happen when you pay attention in history and geography class, kids? To top it all off, the modern color palette and new brand identity tie the entire project together with a playful approach offering a truly local experience, with cheeky nods to our tagline in fanciful touches like the doorknockers that say, "Please Whisper, We're relaxing to the sounds of the Most Magnificent Mile" or "Please Tidy, We're out for a while enjoying the Most Magnificent Mile."

When the renovation of the 206-room hotel is completed this summer, guests from around the world will experience a true Chicago gem with ties to its past but reimagined for a modern style of work and play. Ironically, once they've had the chance to live the sweet Hotel Saint Clair life, we're sure they'll be shouting -- not whispering -- about it from the rooftops!

Summer is in full swing and we’re bready to get grilling! Yep, when the sun’s shining we rely on Calise Bakery to ensure the perfect backyard BBQ every time. Locally made in Rhode Island for over 100 years, Calise Bakery uses premium ingredients for kosher, egg-free, and dairy-free breads, buns, and rolls that are sure to satisfy any sized appetite.
Speaking of rolls, as we’re #RollingIntoSummer, we're giving away a $100 gift card to your Calise Bakery retailer of choice along with the ultimate prize pack of every essential BBQ carb to one lucky winner. Whether you’re Team Hot Dog or Team Hamburger, this is your chance to stock up on all of your summer cookout needs!
The giveaway closes June 27th 2022, so be sure to enter by clicking here and roll on into summer #TheCaliseWay!

arsenal yards
There's no better way to celebrate summer than with a picnic...especially when that picnic includes booze and live entertainment, amiright? Arsenal Yards, the hottest new neighborhood in Watertown, is bringing back its popular "Picnic in the Park" series this summer with events coming up in July and August.

Pick up takeout from any of the restaurants at Arsenal Yards -- think Buttermilk & Bourbon, Tori Jiro, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, and Kura Sushi -- order beer and wine from the cash bar, and grab a seat to relax and enjoy live entertainment on the River Green. Check out the Arsenal Yards' Event Calendar to book your spot for $5.00, with all proceeds benefiting the Watertown Boys & Girls Club (how much do we LOVE that we can feel good about going out?!).

So get out and do good by getting your picnic on at Arsenal Yards!