WALDORF ASTORIA CHICAGO UNVEILS NEW MEETING AND PRIVATE DINING ROOMS
Waldorf Astoria Chicago (pictured above, new space pictured at top) recently announced the redesign and addition of 7,914 square feet of stunning meeting and event space on the hotel’s third floor. Included in the renovation are four new venues: Hawthorne, Alcott, and Thoreau meeting rooms, along with a Private Dining Room, ideal for small corporate gatherings and private dinners. The new meeting and event spaces compliment the pre-existing 4,448 square feet of meeting space on the hotel’s fifth floor.
Learn more about the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.
TASTING ROOM AT MOODY TONGUE BREWING COMPANY OPENING SOON
Moody Tongue Brewing Company announced the Tasting Room at Moody Tongue, located alongside the brewery in the historic Glass Factory in the Pilsen neighborhood. The 75-seat space plans to feature up to 12 taps of Moody Tongue’s year-round beers and limited-edition special releases alongside a curated food menu in an intimate, mid-century modern atmosphere.
Moody Tongue will also begin offering tours with beer education and tastings led by the brewing team on a first-come, first-serve basis once the Tasting Room launches. Moody Tongue Brewery and Tasting Room are available for buyouts for private parties and corporate events, and are conveniently located near McCormick Place for convention and meeting attendees.
Learn more about Moody Tongue Brewing Company.
HOTEL EMC2 OPENING MARCH 2017
EMC2, a new 195-room Streeterville hotel, broke ground earlier this year with a March 2017 opening planned. The 21-story hotel is part of Marriott International's Autograph Collection and is partially funded by investors from China, Canada, India and Dubai.
Learn more about Hotel EMC2.
THE ROBEY CHICAGO OPENING MID-OCTOBER
Wicker Park’s 1929 flatiron-shaped Northwest Tower will become an 89-room boutique hotel called The Robey. The hotel, which sits at the corner of North, Milwaukee and Damen avenues, is expected to open by Thanksgiving. The property will include ground floor retail, two restaurants and a rooftop bar with views of the Chicago downtown skyline.
Learn more about the Robey Hotel project.
TERMINAL 5 EXPANSION AND PLAN TO REDEVELOP O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The city of Chicago and its airline partners are working together to design and develop a multi-billion dollar capital investment program at O’Hare International Airport that expands Terminal 5, redevelops Terminal 2, creates space for new gates. These initiatives serve as the next step in Mayor Emanuel’s O’Hare 21 vision for the airport. The planning process is expected to be completed next year.
The first step calls for expanding Terminal 5 by 25 percent to provide up to nine additional gates, which is underway. This represents the first expansion of Terminal 5 since it opened 23 years ago. With more gates, airlines will have the ability to offer more flights to more destinations with increased frequency. This investment – estimated at approximately $300 million and funded without any local taxpayer dollars – will support approximately 1,100 total jobs.
Learn more about the Terminal 5 expansion.
THRIVING MUSIC INCUBATOR MARKS FIRST YEAR
The City of Chicago is celebrating the growth of 2112, Chicago’s music and technology business incubator. Located within Fort Knox studios, the massive rehearsal and recording space for musicians on Chicago’s Northwest side, 2112 has become a hub for music tech startups from across the country.
Since its inception, Fort Knox/2112 has added 75 member companies with 1,500 employees. Members have access to business mentors, investors and educational programming, plus co-working space and conference rooms. The 2112 facility includes 92 practice rooms, six recording studios, instrument repair, and fabrication shop for building out studio furniture, cabinetry and sound proofing. Fort Knox recently opened The Hangar, a 7,200-square-foot facility for film and video production and photography.
Learn more about 2112.
CONRAD CHICAGO APPEALS TO ATHLETES
Opening in late summer 2016, Conrad Chicago is designating a block of rooms for professional and collegiate sports teams that includes extra-large king beds and 65-inch televisions.
Learn more about Conrad Chicago Hotel.
NEW AIR SERVICE BETWEEN CHICAGO O'HARE AND YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN REGIONAL AIRPORT
Beginning in July, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) welcomed new direct air service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The service, operated by Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) under the name Great Lakes Jet Express, offers daily flights to O'Hare with connections to more than 130 destinations via American Airlines.
Learn more about the new flight service.
CHICAGO RACKS UP DESTINATION AND CULINARY ACCOLADES
A new study conducted by travel and tourism experts Resonance Consultancy reveals Chicago among U.S. cities producing the most quality experiences. The tourism report also named Chicago No. 4 in its Top 15 Culture Rankings, No. 5 in a list of top entertainment rankings and No. 3 in its culinary rankings.
Learn more about the U.S. Tourism Quality Performance Index.
Eater recently named Chicago’s Monteverde (refined, contemporary Italian and fine wines, pictured above) and Oriole (high-end New American) among its 21 Best New Restaurants in America. See all 21 restaurants on the list.
TimeOut rounded up a list of best breakfast restaurants in America, highlighting the malted custard French toast at Chicago’s Jam and the breakfast burritos and Bloody Marys at Lula Café. See all of the breakfast hits.
Bon Appétit invited readers to step inside the best-designed new restaurants in America, showcasing Chicago’s 3 Arts Club Café (pictured above) for its tree-filled atrium and opulent chandelier and fountain. See all of the restaurants on the list.
JACKSON PARK SELECTED FOR OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
The South Side’s Jackson Park was selected as the new site of the Obama Presidential Center. This is the first time a presidential center will be in the heart of an urban community. Chicago’s South Side has been the home to the First Family for many years and the area houses institutions like the DuSable Museum, the University of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Learn more about the Obama Presidential Center.