Chicago

Minnesota’s First Portillo’s to Open in Early July

The fast-casual Chicago-style food concept, Portillo’s, will be opening its first Minnesota location at 8450 Hudson Rd. in Woodbury at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11. The new location marks the brand’s 50th restaurant opening.

The restaurant will feature a 1920s theme with décor inspired by the Prohibition era. The restaurant will include seating for more than 200 guests, with double drive-thru lanes and an outdoor patio.

Visit Jacksonville Hosts an Array of 2017 Sporting Events

Jacksonville, Fla., played an important role in hosting this spring’s premier events: The 2017 NFL Consumer Products Summit and the NFL Equipment Managers Meeting. Occurring in late March, the events brought 1,000 guests to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, plus nearly 150 exhibitors that showcased their licensed NFL wares to general retailers and buyers. Jacksonville was selected to host this exclusive event from a short list of candidates—Chicago, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.

Hotel EMC2 Announces its Executive Team Ahead of May Opening

Just before its opening, Hotel EMC2, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, has announced its brand-new executive team. The first of its kind, the hotel celebrates the melding of art and science through its design, cuisine and guest experience. The team includes: Christine Wechter, general manager; Brandon Brumback, executive chef; Rebecca Royster, director of food and beverage; Stefanie Rowe, director of sales and marketing; Alexander Foster, director of rooms; and Yesenia Salas, human resources manager.

Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

In September 2016, SpringHill Suites by Marriott kicked off its “Art of Local” series, a redesign of a similar program that began in 2010. The idea behind the North American platform is to bring together some of the best creators in each destination city into hotel lobbies as a way to provide busy patrons the opportunity to explore the local art scene. Each event is different and can include visual artists, culinary whizzes, skilled crafters and live performers. 

New Golf-Themed Gastro Pub Opens at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center

A new gastro pub, Tin Cup, located at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center has officially opened its doors.

Formerly The Grille, the restaurant can hold 88 guests and now features a new menu and design.

"Tin Cup has that gathering place vibe, where friends can meet up to enjoy a freshly made salad or sandwich," says Brad Ott, director of operations. "There's a casual air about it, conducive to hoisting a cold one after a hard-day of work or a hard-played 18 holes."

Develop a Secure Safety Plan for Event Success

Security means different things to different people. For airport employees, it’s using metal detectors and bag searches. For data centers, it’s preventing cyber theft and hacking. For political figures and celebrities, it means hiring bodyguards and Secret Service. And for the average person, it can mean just about anything. 

Event planners in particular have to take all of these security measures and more into account because they are entrusted to keep every level of people, from your average Jane Doe to the President, safe and secure.

Chicago's Hotel Versey to Debut Spring 2017

The Days Inn Chicago of Oxford Capital Group, LLC has announced the renovation and repositioning of the 1920s Lincoln Park-Lakeview building. The transformation will make way for the brand-new lifestyle hotel, Hotel Versey, in late spring 2017. Located in one of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods, the hotel will cater mainly to locals and travelers looking for a modern-style, boutique hotel.

Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/West Loop Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system has awarded The Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/West Loop LEED Silver.

The hotel received the designation due to its high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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