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  1. Saturday, June 22, 2024

  2. Sunday, June 23, 2024

Issue 1

We're excited to bring you the inaugural Penguin Post. Join us each month for content that is thoughtful, happy, inspiring and helpful, all through the 21c lens.  

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.

-Emily Dickinson

A Message from 21c COO Sarah Robbins:

A warm welcome to all of you.

Recently, it was heartbreaking to close all nine 21c Museum Hotels.  The initial impact comes fast and furious: we immediately began to miss our guests, our team, the art, and the fantastic food and tasty beverages we were used to surrounding us daily.

Candidly, we all felt low for several days, just as I am sure you have at some point.

Our 21c team is made up of people who love making lemonade (lavender with a splash of vodka, preferably) out of lemons.

As the famous quote captures so perfectly, ‘adversity is a terrible thing to waste.’  Thus, our actions shifted to remaining connected with each other – whenever, and in whatever form that needs to be.  We are here.

We look forward to re-opening as soon as it is safe to do so, and we cannot wait for the day when we are able to welcome you and your clients back into our spaces.

Thank you for being part of the 21c community.  For sharing your moments, big and small with us, and for reminding us of the strength of the human connection.

In the meantime, we will be in touch with updates (and hopefully, uplifts) through newsletters, our social media channels and website to keep you informed, connected and supported through these trying times.



Sarah Robbins


21c Announces Full Collection to Temporarily Close

On Saturday, March 28th, Co-Founder of 21c, Steve Wilson released a statement detailing the temporary closure of all nine 21c Museum Hotel properties.  Click below to read in it’s entirety. 


21c Temporary Closure Statement


Something That Makes Us Grow: Self Care Takes Center Stage

Fat Bat, Virginie Barré, 2005, Acrylic resin, leather

Recently, we traded in suits for athleisure wear and gyms for family room floors.  Thankfully we aren’t being left to our own devices; several major athletic brands and gyms have stepped up to the plate to provide assistance for FREE.  Check out some of our favorites!

Nike Training Club The Nike Training Club features free workouts crafted by professional trainers. There are sessions to help users improve everything from their mobility to their yoga form. You can also upgrade to a premium account to unlock more advanced workouts.

Peloton App Free 90-day trial with live and on-demand classes for running, strength, toning, cycling, yoga, meditation and outdoor workouts. Plus, you can work out in your living room by streaming Peloton classes on your TV using Airplay or Chromecast support, and the Peloton App on Amazon Fire TV.

POPSUGAR Fitness Take advantage of POPSUGAR Fitness YouTube channel where you’ll find dozens of at home work-out routines that require limited or no equipment.

Orangetheory Fitness Daily YouTube Videos Orangetheory is uploading a new at-home workout routine video to its YouTube channel every day. The videos feature exercises that use items you can find around the house, such as plant pots and coffee jugs, so there is no need for expensive gym equipment.

Barry’s Bootcamp on Instagram Live Barry’s Bootcamp is offering Barry’s At-Home via Instagram Live. Barry’s is hosting 30-50 minute live stream bodyweight workouts on Instagram Live every day. Check out their Instagram page for their Barry’s At-Home schedule.


Something That Inspires: 21c Partners with No Kid Hungry to Raise $1 Million

21c Museum Hotels are honored to work with No Kid Hungry, a non-profit that works to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring that kids get the food they need. No Kid Hungry does this by working with communities to bring school breakfast programs, summer meals, afterschool meals, family nutrition programs and advocacy on a national level.

21c partners with NKH to fundraise within our communities and networks.  Four of our restaurants host official NKH dinners, each raising between $60k and $120K in one night and our other restaurants raise funds in creative ways, whether it be a portion of money from a certain dish, hosting a small independent NKH dinner, a happy hour, etc.

In 2019 we raised $263k and have a goal of raising a total of $1million by the end of 2022.

To learn more or donate yourself, please see below.

No Kid Hungry 

Something That Makes Us Happy: Chef Jonathan Searle's Buttermilk Biscuits

If you’ve had the pleasure of joining us for breakfast or brunch at Proof on Main, then you know exactly why we’ve shared this recipe. If not, you’ll know exactly why the minute you get them out of the oven!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Yields 15 small biscuits

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ heavy cream
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Crisco

Procedure: Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grate butter on the coarse side of the grater and put butter in the freezer along with the Crisco. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix cream and buttermilk in a separate bowl. Once butter is very cold combine with the dry ingredients with hands until a coarse meal is made. Add the cold dairy to the mixture and fold until just combined. Roll out dough on a floured clean surface and cut biscuits with a ring mold cutter. Layout on sheet trays 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes and rotate set timer for 8 more minutes. Once out of the oven brush with melted butter.



Something That Makes Us Smile: Penguins at Shedd Aquarium

Penguins are certainly close to our hearts…each 21c hotel has their own flock that moves throughout our spaces (if you’ve ever wondered why: read here).  So when we stumbled across this video of penguins exploring Shedd Aquarium, it instantly brought a smile to our faces.  Hope it does the same for you!

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