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Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Appoints General Manager

Paul E. Cardona has been appointed the new general manager of Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center. He brings more than 22 years of hotel experience to his latest position.

“Paul’s experience working with luxury, world-class brands, such as the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt Chicago,” says Paul Wischermann, president and CEO, Wischermann Partners, Inc. “Makes him the perfect addition to our Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center team and has further solidified the hotel as one of the best in the Chicagoland area.”

3 Chicago Hotels Designed Events Based off Mock RFPs

Long gone are the days of PDF diagrams and floor plans laid out on Word documents. Now, in the age of 3-D printing and virtual reality goggles, event planning is more visual and tangible than ever—the way it was always meant to be. 

Ring Leaders Turned a Cirque-Style Show into a Performing Arts Tour

Ten years ago, when Jeff and Julie Jenkins wanted to raise money for their local Chicago park, they turned to something they knew best: the circus. 

Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake, Oh My!

Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.

Goldmoor Inn Appoints New Director of Events

The Goldmoor Inn has announced Glenn Griffith as its new director of events. Griffith will all event planning at the 21-acre property based in Galena, Ill.

He brings more thanr 25 years of experience to his new role, previously serving as director of catering in hotels such as The New York Palace Hotel, The Charles Hotel at Harvard Square and Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. He also has owned his own social and corporate event planning company, Glenn Griffith Inc.

New Venue Spotlight: Nobu Hotel Chicago

Nobu Hotel Chicago is set to debut in late 2017 in the popular West Loop neighborhood through a partnership of actor Robert DeNiro, Chef Nobu Matsushisa, Hollywood producer Meir Teper and Australian business tycoon James Packer. The luxury property will offer 103 guest rooms, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, as well as a rooftop bar, indoor pool, private spa services and various unique event and private dining spaces. 

Chicago-Style Crafts Make Great City-Themed Gifts

These gifts beat your usual pit stop souvenirs. Instead, illustrator Tammy Smith hand-makes cityspecific items including tea towels, pillows, platters and totes that provide novelty items for gift bags and clients. After being laid off as an artist for Hallmark Cards, Smith started her city collections in 2014 with a series devoted to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, but it’s her Chicago assortment that’s really taking off.

Signature Drink: Jimmy Two Times

Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit.

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Is Undergoing Major Transformations

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort—managed by The Bricton Group—has revealed their $22 million renovation plans. The renovations are set to begin in December 2016 and for completion in the second half of 2017.

Event Snapshots: HeliNights Provides a Whole New Perspective on Chicago

While you can always view the city of Chicago from one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Willis Tower, there’s a new way to see the vast landscape—from a helicopter hovering 100 stories high. Chicago Helicopter Experience is the latest option for meeting and event professionals to take their event to a whole new level. Guests can enjoy dinner, cocktails and entertainment before taking flight on a unique day or night tour that also provides a little history. 

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