Record-breaking rooftop bar grand opening

More than 1,000 guests have gathered at the iconic Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois to celebrate the grand opening of the world’s largest rooftop bar, Offshore. 

Largest rooftop bar   

Situated on top of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, Offshore offers its visitors panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. 

Beautiful view from largest rooftop bar

Offshore owners were confident their venue housed the world’s largest rooftop bar and hoped to make it official with a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title. 

After submitting extensive evidence, it was confirmed that Offshore was in fact a record holder, measuring 4,859.78 sq m (52,310.29 sq ft).

Grand opening event photo

While Offshore officially opened on 28 May 2019, venue owners wanted to host a formal grand opening, invite-only, celebration for VIP guests.

The event took place on 20 June and included real estate developers, hoteliers, politicians, celebrities, journalists, and social influencers.

Guests at Offshore grand opening

To kick off the event, guests received a surprise record announcement from official Guinness World Records adjudicator, Christina Flounders-Conlon.

Adjudicator Christina during record announcement

"After submitting substantial amounts of evidence to Guinness World Records for review and completing a full independent verification of the measurements, I am ready to announce the official results," Flounders-Conlon said.

"The required minimum to set this new record title is 35,520.90 square feet...With a confirmed area today of 52,310.29 square feet, you have set the Guinness World Record title for 'largest rooftop bar’”

Attendees cheered as event organizers accepted their official record holder certificate.

Certificate presentation with Offshore

The event continued with a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the historic venue.

Terisa Griffin performance during event

For the remainder of the evening, guests mingled with one another over food, drinks, and entertainment while enjoying a special performance by Terisa Griffin along with the spacious rooftop and breathtaking scenery. 

The record-breaking event was featured across top media outlets like Food & Wine, Delish, and USA Today. 

Musician during grand opening event

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