Chicago

Wintrust to Open McCormick Square Venue

Chicago’s leading community and corporate company Wintrust Financial Corporation has announced they’re opening a new event center at the McCormick Square that will be called Wintrust Arena. This announcement came from a letter of intent that was signed with DePaul University.

Meet Haley Stein

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Haley Stein was recently hired as the director of the Sherpa Experience Group in Chicago.

Flashback: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Builds on Long History

Though the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has become one of the hottest new properties in Chicago, the history of the building goes back more than a century. The original CAA was established in 1890 with a mission of “providing a setting for athletic, business and social activities.” Founding members included AG Spalding, Cyrus McCormick and Marshall Field.

Bob’s Steak & Chop House Announces Opening of New Location

American steakhouse Bob’s Steak & Chop House, has revealed they will open a new location at Omni Berkshire Place in Manhattan. The restaurant is slated to have an old-school aesthetic with 210 seats and a 40-seat bar.

Canopy by Hilton Prepares To Open In Chicago

A new 223-room lifestyle hotel, Canopy by Hilton in Chicago, will open in fall 2018 on S. LaSalle Street and W. Adams Street, in the Chicago Loop area.

Event Snapshots: A French Twist

At this year’s Alliance Française De Chicago gala, guests had a roaring good time taking in the whimsy of 1920s Paris. The biennial event benefits the nonprofit institution, founded 120 years ago, which has become the Midwest’s leading French cultural and learning center. It’s dedicated to studying the language and exchange of friendship between the two countries, and has one of the largest private French libraries in the area.

Visit Seattle Appoints New National Account Director

On Oct. 24, Visit Seattle appointed Charles Pinckney as the convention sales national account director. In his new role, he will be responsible for the Chicago area and the international market.

Pinckney graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in international studies and two minors—one in German and another in political science. Pinckney has worked as account director, global sales North America, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; and most recently as associate director of sales Sheraton Grand Chicago/Westin River North in Chicago.

Karen McGuigan Celebrates 30 Years in Chicago Hotel Industry

Chicago native, Karen McGuigan, general manager at Hyatt Centric The Look Chicago, has just reached a milestone in her career—30 years in the Chicago hotel industry.

McGuigan began her career in January 1987, working at the front desk at Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For 15 years, she worked at various Hyatt locations in the Chicago area in a number of different capacities, including director of security at Hyatt Regency Chicago. In 2014, she joined the pre-opening team for Hyatt Centric, which opened last April.

New Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Schaumburg

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Chicago Schaumburg is the most recent hotel to join the Hampton by Hilton brand. Located at 891 Plaza Drive, the hotel is owned and managed by Superhost Enterprise LLC.

The 107-room hotel is in the center of Schaumburg’s business district and in walking distance of Woodfield Mall and the Schaumburg Convention Center. They offer a range of amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing, a 594-square-foot meeting space that holds 24 people and a business center.

Rockford Prepares for Multiple Sports Tournaments

Four large-scale sports tournaments are set to be hosted in the Rockford, Ill., region next year. It’s estimated that the participants, coaches and fans flocking to the area will contribute $5 million to the local economy during their stay.

The tournaments that have been booked so far include: the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Feb. 23–25; Amateur Athletic Union Midwest Regional Gymnastics Championships, May 5–7; Premier SuperCopa Championship, Jun. 9–12; and the Elite Clubs National Playoffs, Jun. 22–27.

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