CHICAGO NEWS AND UPDATES FOR MEETING PROFESSIONALS: NOVEMBER 2012

Get the latest Chicago news and updates for November 2012, including hotel highlights.



CHICAGO RANKS NO. 3 AMONG TOP 10 CITIES

Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards revealed the top 10 cities in the U.S., ranking Chicago third.

Chicago's stand-out elements, according to readers, included restaurants (90.0), culture/sites (87.3) and shopping (86.3).

The "terrific architecture" and "great ethnic food" help make Chicago a must-see city, landing it a place on our list. The restaurants, skyscrapers, museums, waterfront and more make Chicago a "perfect city for solo, friend, family, or romantic getaways."

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NEW VENUE, RESTAURANT AND BAR TO OPEN IN HYDE PARK

The Promontory, named after Hyde Park's Promontory Point, is planned to open in the south side neighborhood in early 2013.

This new restaurant/bar/concert venue will be housed at 1539 E. 53rd St., a 25,000-sq.ft. site just across the street from the currently-in-development Harper Court. (Harper Court is a mixed-use development that will include the Hyatt Place Hotel, dining, retail and entertainment — scheduled to open in the spring of 2013.)

The owner of Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle, Bruce Finkelman, will partner with acclaimed Longman & Eagle chef Jared Wentworth at the Promontory, though neither has revealed what type of cuisine will be served. Live music, however, will certainly be on the menu.

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PREVIEW THE MAJOR UPGRADES AT O'HARE'S INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL



The International Terminal at O'Hare will undergo a substantial transformation, adding 15 new dining and retail brands, as well as new passenger amenities.

Among other establishments, this will include:
  • A pass-through duty-free store with luxury shops from Bvlgari, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo and Emporio Armani
  • XpresSpa, providing massages, manicures, pedicures and facials
  • A food court with performance kitchens
  • Four concepts from Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You: Hub 51 (sushi, tacos, burgers and more), Urban Olive (Mediterranean), Big Bowl (Chinese and Thai) and Wow Bao (hot Asian buns)
  • Mexican restaurant Tortas Frontera, by award-winning chef Rick Bayless
  • Rustic Italian restaurant Tocco
  • Gastropub Local Headlines Bar
  • Locally owned and operated Intelligentsia Coffee
  • Chicago-based Vosges Haut Chocolat

The upgrades will be completed by the fall of 2013.

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CHICAGO HOTEL HIGHLIGHT: NOVEMBER

The Godfrey Hotel: Opening Summer 2013

Chicago's vibrant River North neighborhood will welcome a new hotel next summer. The 16-story, 221-room Godfrey Hotel will open at 127 W. Huron St., showcasing unique cube-inspired architecture. From the press release:

The Godfrey Hotel is an iconic modern structure designed by Chicago-based Valerio Dewalt Train. Architect David Jennerjahn explains, "We conceived of the hotel's design as a taut wrapping of cubist forms that shift inward and outward to reveal the building's expressive structural frame. Both daring and honest — a real Chicago building."

Meeting space: A 12,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge and conference space accented with water elements, fire pits and greenery allow for flexible indoor/outdoor events ranging from small corporate board meetings to receptions for 400 or more.

Additional amenities: A chef-driven restaurant and lobby bar, a spa, 24-hour fitness center, two floors of parking, free Wi-Fi.

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