President and Managing Partner
Harry Caray's Restaurant Group
Harry Caray's Restaurant Group (HCRG), founded in 1987, operates Harry Caray's Restaurants in Chicago and Rosemont, Harry Caray's Catering & Events, 10pin bowling lounge and licenses Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch (Midway Airport's largest restaurant). Harry Caray's Restaurant, named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, is one of the most nationally recognized restaurants in the Midwest. This legendary Italian Steakhouse has been voted best steakhouse in Chicago, best sports restaurant in the country, has won the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence every year since 1989, and has been named in the Top 75 Multiconcept Operators in the country by Restaurants and Institutions Magazine. It has been written about in every major paper in the country; been on the Tonight Show, Nightline, Peter Jennings‚ World News Tonight, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Time Magazine, and People Magazine; and has been on more local newscasts than any other restaurant in Chicago. The restaurant's promotions are credited with bringing the Today Show to Chicago for the first time in two decades, as well as holding every position in ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 stories, the top 4 positions in MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann and making the front page of the New York Times, USA Today and Los Angeles Times. The promotions have garnered so much press that Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed declared that she had not seen anyone doing anything bigger in her forty year career.
Harry Caray's Chicago opened in 1987 and Rosemont in 1999. In 2001, HCRG opened Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch at Midway Airport, and started its off-premise catering division. Harry Caray's Catering & Events caters many of Chicagoland's premier landmarks including the Field Museum, the Harold Washington Library and exclusively at the Amalfi Hotel. In 2002, HCRG, along with Ryne Sandberg, Bob Costas, and Marv Levy, purchased the national landmark building housing the flagship Harry Caray's Restaurant. HCRG's newest venture is 10pin, an upscale bowling lounge adjacent to the House of Blues, which opened in June 2004.
Grant also works tirelessly on behalf of many civic and charitable organizations at the local and state level, including:
Gateway Green - A non-profit organization committed to the "greening" and beautification of Chicago's expressways, gateways and other areas.
Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Food and Beverage Chair, Green Tie Ball (1991-present). The Green-Tie Ball, which benefits Gateway Green, is considered the premier black tie event for young professionals in Chicago.
Illinois Restaurant Association
Chairman (2005-2006), Board of Directors.
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association
Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Co-Chair Marketing Committee, Administration Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Past Chair of The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - years 1998 and 1999.
River North Association
Board of Directors
Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Board of Directors. Finance Committee.
Visit Illinois - A statewide organization to promote tourism.
Chairman (2006-2007), Board of Directors.
Chicagoland Pops Orchestra
National Radio Hall of Fame