WHO WE ARE
Leisure Activities is a collaborative hospitality company, specializing in bar concepting and management, beverage consulting, events and content creation.
After graduating from Northern Illinois University, Jeff found his calling in hospitality through eating, drinking and working his way through the myriad layers of Chicago’s bar and restaurant scene. That passion for singular and genuine hospitality has driven his pursuit of inspiration through travel and exploration locally and abroad. When not behind the bar, Jeff enjoys jumping rope, model ship building, hot cocoa and creating fake hobbies.
WADE HALL MCELROY
Wade grew up in Phoenix and attended the Harvard of the West, Arizona State University. After graduating he spent time in New York City learning how to be cool (he still hasn’t quite figured it out) and how to make good drinks in hospitable environments. After a few years in NYC, Wade wisely listened to the advice of his best pal and moved to Chicago, where he met his future business partner while opening The Barrelhouse Flat. It’s been a rocketship of creativity since then, developing several bar projects and maintaining a deep love of racquetball, plants, photography and Sunday afternoons.
WHAT WE DO
Through strategic partnerships in design, real estate, law, marketing/PR and finance, Leisure Activities offers full service hospitality and beverage consulting, providing long-term creative solutions and operational stability to clients.
Marketing / PR
Recruiting / Training
Creativity is the ultimate leisure activity, to enjoy it to it's full extent you must first build a stable operational foundation.
WHAT WE'VE DONE
Leisure Activities has had the privilege of working with some of Chicago’s most dynamic brands to develop bar concepts and beverage programs, execute pop-up events, train and hire staffs, manage social media and most importantly, tend bar. With over 25 years of combined experience, LA consults in all aspects of hospitality while remaining deeply rooted in operations, continuing to evolve and stay informed of cultural trends.
Ludlow Liquors is a neighborhood tavern with a focus on stirred cocktails that are available by the ounce. Offering cocktails by the ounce allows guests to taste through the menu in a variety of ways, each with its own unique presentation ranging from simple one ounce undiluted pours to full sized cocktails with specialty ice and garnish. The bar also features killer whiskey sours, draft punches, cheap beers, lively DJs and a cozy backyard garden.
Leisure Activities partnered with mentors Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner of Heisler Hospitality to breathe new life into a run-down, 60-year-old, Ukrainian Village tavern called Sportsman’s Club. The focus would be on daily creativity, great music, top notch hospitality, and an undeniable neighborhood vibe. Sportsman’s would become the new industry darling and destination for not just Chicagoans, but bar professionals from around the world.
in 2016 LA partnered again with Heisler Hospitality to open Logan Square’s love letter to the Caribbean and Latin America, the acclaimed coffee and cocktail focused Estereo.
In 2017, LA worked alongside Heritage Bicycles to help restore a century-old lobby bar, Larry’s, in Cedar Street’s grand Lawrence House in Chicago’s historic Uptown neighborhood.
El Che Bar
The Art Institute