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CHICAGO MEETINGS NEWS: MARCH 2016

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    $1.3 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN IN PLACE FOR O’HARE AIRPORT

    A nearly $1.3 billion infrastructure plan for O’Hare International Airport will create thousands of jobs and includes a new runway, deicing pads and other critical airfield projects. The historic agreement will pave the way for further airport improvements that will allow O'Hare to increase the number of gates, modernize the terminals and secure Chicago’s future as one of the most important aviation hubs in the world.

    Learn more about this project.


    AMERICAN ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICE BETWEEN CHICAGO AND SACRAMENTO

    American Airlines recently announced it will begin new nonstop service between Chicago and Sacramento, California beginning June 2, 2016. The airline will operate two daily flights from O'Hare International Airport to Sacramento International Airport on a B737-800 aircraft.

    Learn more about the new service.


    BIZBASH: 10 MOST ANTICIPATED CHICAGO VENUES FOR 2016

    Restaurants, a ping-pong social club, glass-lined ballrooms and more comprise the biggest up-and-coming creative spaces in Chicago for events and entertaining this year. According to BizBash, these new and renovated Chicago venues will accommodate groups large or small for private and corporate events, conferences, meetings, weddings, business dinners, teambuilding activities, cocktail parties and more.

    Learn more about the new venues.


    PENINSULA CHICAGO OFFERS PRIVATE ACCESS TO ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

    The Peninsula Chicago is teaming up with the Art Institute of Chicago to offer guests a very special insider look at a very special limited time exhibit. The hotel’s enhanced Keys to the City experiential program will grant guests private access for up to 10 guests to the museum prior to opening or after closing hours, a private guided tour of the Van Gogh Bedrooms exhibition and a curator-signed catalogue. The offer includes transportation provided by The Peninsula Chicago to and from the venue and an exhibition-inspired welcome amenity from the hotel.

    Learn more about the experience.


    CIC AND MMB UNVEIL EDUCATIONAL ROADSHOW

    The Convention Industry Council (CIC) and Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) announced Fuse 2016, a joint educational roadshow that will bring planners and properties together to reinvent the way business is done before their events and meetings begin. The five-city roadshow, sponsored by Loews Hotels, PSAV and American Furniture Rentals (AFR) will arrive in Chicago July 27. Loews Chicago O’Hare will host the event. Other city stops include Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Orlando and Dallas.

    Learn more about the Fuse 2016.


    LONDONHOUSE TO OPEN CHICAGO’S FIRST TRI-LEVEL ROOFTOP LOUNGE

    LondonHouse, slated to open at the coveted corner of Michigan and Wacker this spring, is making a significant mark on Chicago’s burgeoning rooftop bar scene with its three-level rooftop lounge overlooking the Chicago River. The rooftop is touted as Chicago's only tri-level rooftop venue and will serve up small plates and cocktails. Another bar two levels below will offer re-imagined American fare and craft cocktails and Bridges Lobby Bar will hold down the second floor.

    Learn more about the rooftop space.


    SHERATON CHICAGO HOTEL & TOWERS IS NOW SHERATON GRAND CHICAGO

    Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers has changed their name to Sheraton Grand Chicago as part of a new premier tier of the iconic hospitality brand. The new brand recognizes exceptional Sheraton Hotels and Resorts for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs and excellence in service and guests experiences.

    Learn more about The Sheraton Grand Chicago.