Collaborative Hospitality
 
 

COLLABORATIVE HOSPITALITY

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WHO WE ARE


Leisure Activities is a collaborative hospitality company, specializing in bar concepting and management, beverage consulting, events and content creation.

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JEFF DONAHUE

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.

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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.

 
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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.  

CREATIVE

Concept Development
Branding
Social Media
Content Creation
Marketing / PR

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OPERATIONS

Operations Management
Recruiting / Training
Bar Programming
Bar Design
Vendor Relations

 
 
 
 
 

Creativity is the ultimate leisure activity, to enjoy it to it's full extent you must first build a stable operational foundation.


 
 
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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.

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Ludlow Liquors

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.

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SPORTSMAN'S CLUB

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.

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ESTEREO

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.

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LARRY'S

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.  

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PRIOR COLLABORATIONS


El Che Bar

Jim Beam

Campari

Hendricks

The Art Institute

Stock Manufacturing

Heritage Bicycles

 

Dewars

Defy Bags

Unamae’s

The Tie Bar

Solemn Oath Brewery

Penrose Brewery

Off Color Brewery

 


 
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FOLLOW OUR "ACTIVITIES"

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CONTACT US


 Looking for a group that "gets it"?  Drop us a line and let's see how we can work together.  

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