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CHICAGO MEETINGS NEWS: FEBRUARY 2016

Airport parking, Ritz makeover — Get the latest meeting and event planning industry news.

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    FOOD TREND PREDICTIONS FOR 2016

    Chicago’s Kendall College boasts the city’s No. 1 culinary arts program. The school's vice president of culinary Chris Koetke shares what he sees coming down the restaurant and food trend line in 2016. Hint: A new nutrient-laden grain makes its debut, wine expands to more obscure regions, and home dining meets Instagram.

    Learn more about these food trends.


    RITZ-CARLTON CHICAGO TO BEGIN MAJOR MAKEOVER

    The 434-room Ritz-Carlton Chicago is launching a multimillion-dollar makeover that will be done in two phases starting in early 2016. Facelift highlights include a new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge resembling a high-end residential apartment complete with a separate library available for private events.

    Learn more about the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.


    CHICAGO AUTO SHOW SNEAK PEEK

    First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 108th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. 

    Learn more about the Chicago Auto Show.   


    SIX BUSINESS TRAVEL TRENDS TO TRACK

    Airline surcharges and upsells, U.S. and Mexican airline freedom, big chain hotel industry growth and more.

    Learn more about  business travel trends.


    SPIN BAR AND RESTAURANT BRINGING 20 PING-PONG TABLES TO RIVER NORTH

    A New York original backed by Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, ping-pong-focused SPiN Bar and Restaurant is planning its Chicago soft opening for mid-February.

    Learn more about SPiN Bar and Restaurant