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CHICAGO MEETINGS NEWS: OCTOBER 2016

Revel Motor Row Taking Reservations, O'Hare's Shrinking TSA Wait Times, Soldier Field's New Tailgate Partner — Get the latest meeting & event planning industry news.

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Lincoln Park Shopping

TRAVEL + LEISURE NAMES CHICAGO NO. 2 BEST SHOPPING CITY IN U.S.

As part of its World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asked readers to share their favorite shopping cities nationwide. Chicago ranked second in a top 10 list, just behind top-ranking New York City.

See the full list here.


revel motor row lobby event

REVEL MOTOR ROW NOW BOOKING RESERVATIONS

Situated across from McCormick Place, Revel's anticipated new Motor Row venue is now taking reservations for April 2017. The versatile event space will accommodate up to 2,500 for cocktail parties and 1,000 for seated dinners. Events can sprawl in a 7,000-square-foot courtyard and planners take advantage of 12 to 20 spaces for break-out rooms and private dining. The 1930s building was home to the Chicago Illinois Automobile Club, and more recently, the Chicago Defender building. Construction is underway to restore the building to its former glory, and doors will open to the public in early 2017.

Learn more about Revel Motor Row.


O'Hare

 O'HARE PEAK TSA WAIT TIMES ENJOY SIGNIFICANT DECLINE

Chicago O’Hare International Airport's peak Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint wait times have improved by more than 90 percent. In the month of July, the average peak wait time at O'Hare was seven minutes as compared to 105 minutes in May. This reduction in checkpoint wait times is a result of the roundtable discussion in May between the Mayor, Senator Dick Durbin, federal officials, city officials, airlines and the TSA about ways to reduce wait times in a secure way at both O’Hare and Midway Airports.

Learn more about Chicago airport TSA efforts.


Arena Partners

ARENA PARTNERS BECOMES SOLDIER FIELD OFFICIAL TAILGATE PARTNER

Arena Partners (pictured at top) acquired E3 VIP and the launch of Exclusive Event Experiences, LLC, a destination management company and the Official Tailgate Partner of Chicago’s Soldier Field. As the official tailgate producer at Soldier Field, the company offers tailgate options for a variety of fans. Among them, the Arena Club combines the amenities of a luxury suite with the authentic pre-game atmosphere of a tailgate. The Arena Club specializes in corporate clients looking for a unique and upscale hospitality option before an event. Club Passes are $179 each, including gourmet food and premium drinks, with discounts available for group purchases. The Arena Club operates for a three-hour period, prior to the start of major events at Soldier Field.

Learn more about Arena Partners.


HILTON UNVEILS NEW FOOD-PAIRING PROGRAM FOR CONFERENCES

After surveying more than 3,000 conference attendees on their opinions about food, fitness, and professional performance during a day of meetings, Hilton Worldwide is rolling out a series of food and fitness pairing programs. The programming pairs healthy food with wellness-oriented, team-building experiences at 40 Hilton properties across the U.S. Among them, Yoga & Yogurt brings guests a morning yoga session and yoga/granola breakfast. The initiative is part of Hilton’s Meet With Purpose program to formalize best practices around meeting more mindfully and responsibly.

Learn more about the Hilton pairing program.


MIDWAY UPGRADES CUSTOMS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) announced it has upgraded and expanded Automated Passport Control (APC) and Global Entry technology at Midway International Airport to allow international travelers to move more quickly and efficiently through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) clearance process. APC helps travelers move more quickly through the CBP clearance process by allowing them to enter information at a self-service kiosk - without pre-registration or a required fee. APC has been shown to reduce wait times by up to 50 percent and significantly improve the international arrival experience.

Learn more about Automated Passport Control.


FRONTIER ANNOUNCES SERVICE FROM CHICAGO TO SOUTH FLORIDA

Frontier Airlines is launching new service from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Punta Gorda (PGD) and West Palm Beach (PBI) in South Florida starting Oct. 30, 2016. The new flights will operate from O'Hare Terminal 3 on an A320 aircraft.

Learn more about the new flights


Hilton OHare

O'HARE RAMPS UP HOTEL OPTIONS

Three new hotel projects in the works at O'Hare International Airport will more than double the current hotel capacity at the airport. Two new properties will come on board and the existing O'Hare Hilton will be modernized to accommodate large-scale trade shows and events. A new hotel adjacent to international Terminal 5 will have 300 to 400 rooms and 25,000 to 65,000 square feet of conference space. A second hotel will contain 150 to 200 rooms, a business center and other amenities.

Learn more about the hotel projects.


HOTELS OF THE FUTURE ARE HERE

Hotels are embracing futuristic technology to better serve guests. New age amenities include voice-activated rooms, robot greeters and butlers, virtual reality room service and more.

Learn more about the hotel technology.


THE RITZ-CARLTON, CHICAGO UNVEILS NEW CLUB LOUNGE

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago unveiled phase one of a multi-phase renovation with several enhancements including a brand new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. The hotel also refashioned its suites and guest room corridors and upgraded its state-of-the-art fitness center. The 2,600-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge resides on the 15th floor and showcases stunning views in the city including the Historic Water Tower, the Magnificent Mile, and Lake Michigan. Serving as a hotel within a hotel, the Club Lounge is an intimate and exclusive space that offers a retreat for families to gather and for business and travelers alike to connect. A dedicated Club Concierge Team assists with any guest needs or experiences.

Learn more about the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago’s renovations.


SOFITEL CHICAGO LAUNCHES A NEW NAME

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower’s name has changed to Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile. The name change reflects the hotel’s key location just steps from Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile. While the name is evolving, the hotel promises to continue to deliver the same superb guest experience, which visitors have enjoyed since the hotel’s inauguration in 2002.

Learn more about the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile


Midway Airport
5700 S. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
(773) 838-0600
O'Hare International Airport
10000 Bessie Coleman Dr.
Chicago, IL 60666
(773) 686-2200
Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport
O'Hare International Airport
Chicago, IL 60666
(773) 686-8000
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
160 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-1000
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
20 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 324-4000