• New Venue Spotlight: LOFT 21

     
    POSTED December 11, 2017
     

    The new Lincolnshire venue takes the spot of the former Cubby Bear North. B

  • New Venue Spotlight: LOFT 21

     
    POSTED December 11, 2017
     

    The new Lincolnshire venue takes the spot of the former Cubby Bear North. B

The community of Lincolnshire proudly welcomed LOFT 21 earlier this year, in the former spot occupied by Cubby Bear North. The new private event space is owned and operated by Jazmine Gonzalez, owner of H.Y.P.E. Productions, one of Chicago’s most successful entertainment companies. Gonzalez’s goal was to make LOFT 21 a one-of-a-kind venue that’s flexible enough to host a wide variety of events. 

To do so, the 31,000-square-foot venue offers a host of amenities, such as 11 video screens, cabarets, a sound and lighting designer and venue director that can help coordinate events for up to 600 seated or 1,800 for a reception. LOFT 21 also boasts several customizable features including tailored bar packages and mechanical walls that can transform the space with the push of a button. A towering 22-foothigh brick wall, an outdoor terrace and neighboring forest preserve also provide scenery unlike other event spaces in the area. For those that have a flair for the dramatic, there are also four trap doors in the ceiling for stage-worthy grand entrances. 

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.