On Dec. 3, D. Bradley Kent joined Choose Chicago as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Services. In this role, Kent will lead the 32-person Sales & Services team to ensure the annual goal of securing 2.3 million hotel room nights and 50 new pieces of meetings and convention business. Key initiatives include the development and implementation of comprehensive sales strategies to impact new business to McCormick Place, hotels and all Choose Chicago members, and to work with the McCormick Place team and stakeholders to develop an effective plan for seamless delivery of attendee and exhibitor services.
Three stars: Alinea
Two stars: Graham Elliot and L2O
One star: Acadia, Blackbird, BOKA, Everest, Goosefoot, Longman & Eagle, Mexique, Moto, NAHA, Schwa, Sepia, Sixteen, Spiaggia, Takashi, Topolobampo and Tru
The Bib Gourmand designation represents restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). This year, 64 esteemed Chicago restaurants made the list, with 19 newly added to the category. Among the Bib Gourmands, 22 different cuisine types are represented.
In a recent test run on a 15-mile stretch in Illinois, the Amtrak "smart train" reached speeds of 111 miles per hour. The short leg is on part of what's essentially a brand new railroad being built over 284 miles of the Union Pacific Railroad corridor to safely accommodate faster trains between Chicago and St. Louis.
About 75 percent of the route between Chicago and St. Louis will be equipped by 2015, dropping travel times between Chicago and St. Louis to 3 hours and 49 minutes.
The AAA Four-Diamond Sutton Place Chicago will soon become the Thompson Chicago, beginning in 2013.
Meeting space: Eight distinctive event rooms with wall of windows, accommodating up to 300.
Additional amenities: Wireless Internet throughout the hotel, 24-hour in-room dining, business center, fitness center, Whiskey Bar & Grill