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    Kimpton Gray Hotel GM Nabil Moubayed and IHLA’s Jennifer Chase.

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    A view of the races from the Beverly D. Suite.

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    JW Marriott GM Lisa Timbo and IHLA’s Karrie Teel.

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    Chris Collins, Larry McCullum and Misty Johanson of the School of Hospitality Leadership at DePaul University, and Jordan Engerman, Choose Chicago director of partnerships.

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    Hotel Allegro’s Sarah Gregory and Nabil Moubayed.

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    Richard Cialabrini, Monica Schmidt and Kim Weaver of Constellation.

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    Guests enjoying a chef’s table and open bar.

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    Choose Chicago staff, including President and CEO David Whitaker, Board of Directors Chair Desiree Rogers and Senior Advisor Ken Bennett.

Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D. Suite with incredible views of the activity below as well as a chef’s table, premium open bar, private teller and networking opportunities. A horse racing professional was also on hand to offer winning selections and betting strategies. Here are some sights from the night:

 With rich histories and charming amenities, these inns offer a departure from busy downtown hotels.

 

Dawn Young first joined Choose Chicago in June 2005 as director of association sales, and in May this year, was promoted to vice president of hotel sales. It’s a perfect example of rising up the ranks for someone who’s so passionate about moving tourism forward. Though her experience in the industry runs deep, she’s got her work cut out for her to keep the numbers growing: Chicago set a tourism record in 2017 with more than 55 million visitors. A major reason for that? “Chicago just rocks accessibility,” says Young.

 

As part of its ongoing, multimillion dollar renovation, Hotel Crescent Court celebrated the opening of Beau Nash, its new champagne bar and cocktail lounge. The luxury hotel is located in Uptown, just steps away from the Dallas Arts District.