The Signature Room Pays It Forward and Delivers an Amazing Food and Wine Experience

The Signature Room at the 95th
and The Signature Lounge on 96th

offer sweeping views of the city sitting atop The John Hancock Center Building at 875 North Michigan Avenue. Matter of fact, they offer the highest public view from the building as The Observatory is actually on the 94th floor!

The Signature Room’s elegant art-deco interior, contemporary American fare and exceptional wine cellar make it an intimate dinner destination spot for both locals and tourists.

The owners, Rick Roman and Nick Pyknis, believe strongly in giving back to the community and launched their Charity of the Month Program in 1993.

Each month, The Signature Room at the 95th offers the “Signature Selection” menu, an a-la-carte “specials” dinner menu which regularly features 2-3 selections under appetizers, soups/salads, entrées and desserts. The designated non-profit organization of the month receives 10% of the sales from this menu, which is offered throughout the sponsored month.

The staff has a chance to meet with a representative from the respective organization at each month’s kickoff to learn about their program’s mission and ask questions so they will be able to share information with guests. Since the inception of the program, The Signature Room at the 95th has donated over $500,000 to 160 non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area.

The 2007 Recipients are:
January: Pathways Center – Chicago
February: Variety – The Children’s Charity of Illinois
March: Emergency Fund -Chicago
April: Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
May: Kids Fight Cancer- Arlington Heights
June: Help Ease Local Poverty – Chicago
July: Kids In Danger – Chicago
August: American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago
September: The Better Boys Foundation- Chicago
October: AIDSCare -Chicago
November: The Salvation Army – Chicago
December: The 100% Foundation- Lake Villa, IL

Local non-profits are encouraged to submit an application to be considered. Each year, applications are accepted through June 15 and then reviewed by the restaurant’s executive committee in the order applications were received, for consideration for the following program year. At the end of July, notifications of selection and non-selection are sent out to all applying organizations.

Then in the following January, The Signature Room at the 95th hosts the “Table for Twelve” Reception, to kick-off the yearly program and honor all upcoming, 12 non-for-profit groups. All profits from the reception go directly to the charity of the month organizations. Thank you Rick Roman and Nick Pyknis for your socially responsible efforts! We’ll hope you serve as inspiration to others to create sustainable venues for paying it forward in their communities.

Derrick Sorles Best of the Best Dining Chicago


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