Castaways Celebrates 15 Years on North Avenue Beach

The city calls it “the boat house” but most of us know North Avenue Beach’s iconic building by the name of its upstairs bar, Castaways.  This Saturday, August 23rd, Castaways is celebrating 15 years along Chicago’s lakefront by hosting with a massive ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

At 3pm, guests will sing happy birthday to Castaways, and Phil Stefani, aka “The Skipper,” will blow out the candles on the cake. Following the song, participants and the Castaways group will take the ALS #IceBucketChallenge.

Ice Bucket Challenge participants are asked to make a $10 donation to ALS Association Greater Chicago and in exchange will receive a cold bucket of ice water, a free beverage from the bar, and a photo of you mid-challenge. Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants, owners and operators of Castaways, will match each participant’s $10 donation.


  • Where: Castaways Bar & Grill
  • When: Saturday, August 23rd from 1-7pm
  • Cost: $10 suggested donation to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge
1603 N Lake Shore Dr
North Avenue Beach
1601 N Lake Shore Dr

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