• New Venue Spotlight: Exchange312

     
    POSTED September 19, 2019
     

    The new customizable Wicker Park venue was built by planners for planners.

  • New Venue Spotlight: Exchange312

     
    POSTED September 19, 2019
     

    The new customizable Wicker Park venue was built by planners for planners.

  • New Venue Spotlight: Exchange312

     
    POSTED September 19, 2019
     

    The new customizable Wicker Park venue was built by planners for planners.

Originally home to an industrial 1920s hat factory, the team behind boutique production company ESP Presents has breathed new life into its new event venue, Exchange312. Better yet, the elegant yet approachable space located in the heart of Wicker Park was built by seasoned industry experts for planners.

Skilled in planning and logistics, partners Matt Woodburn and Sarah Neukom (read more about the duo on page 48) drew from years of event production experience to create the ultimate customizable space. “We had the luxury of taking a raw space and making plenty of conscious choices while we built out an ideal interior design, including key details like extra wide doors, a beautiful builtin bar and bathrooms, and an amazing sound system,” says Woodburn. “We also kept the industrial-chic vibe with the original Chicago common brick, polished concrete floors and midcentury modern furniture and fixtures.”

With a color palette of deep blues and soothing grays, paired with plenty of wood and metallic accents, luxe lounge vignettes and lush greenery, Exchange312 creates a comfortable space for intimate dinners and corporate off-site meetings as well as large creative or social gatherings. A 2,550-squarefoot open floor plan offers a variety of flexible layouts for gatherings of up to 100 guests seated or 150 standing and an elegant private boardroom can accommodate 12-14 guests.

Planners will appreciate the venue’s onsite event liaison, back-of-house catering space with alley-accessible load-in, HiFi Sonos sound system, high-speed Wi-Fi and top-of-the-line appliances (including an espresso machine and draft beer dispenser), while guests will enjoy the venue’s creative atmosphere. Exchange312, which also houses The Collective at Exchange—a carefully curated network of creatives—was also designed to foster new ideas and inspire conversation.

“We set out to create a space where guests could feel comfortable and excited to innovate,” says Neukom. “We’re so glad it’s become a place where new ideas and unique experiences and memories come naturally.”

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.