CHICAGO NEWS AND UPDATES FOR MEETING PROFESSIONALS: OCTOBER 2012

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



NEW CHICAGO TO HOUSTON, BRANSON FLIGHT SERVICES ANNOUNCED

Two airlines have announced new daily flight services to Chicago:

Spirit Airlines: Chicago O'Hare to Houston once-daily service (departing Chicago at 8:15pm), begins Oct. 4, 2012.

Southwest Airlines: Chicago Midway to Branson once-daily service, begins March 9, 2013.

Details: Spirit Airlines
Details: Southwest Airlines


20-ACRE PARK SET TO OPEN DOWNTOWN IN 2015, NAMED AFTER MAGGIE DALEY

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that a nearly 20-acre site in the northeast corner of Grant Park will be redesigned, rebuilt and renamed Maggie Daley Park, after Chicago's former first lady.

The site includes Daley Bicentennial Plaza and is just east of Millennium Park. Maggie Daley Park will include:
  • A meandering ice skating ribbon
  • Curving paths
  • A children's play area
  • Climbing walls

Maggie Daley Park is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.

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CHICAGO TRAVELERS TO EXPERIENCE UPGRADED AIRPLANE CABINS

United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are implementing dramatic interior upgrades to their plane cabins — good news for anyone traveling to/from Chicago, since five out of every six commercial aircraft seats flying out of the city are on one of those airlines.

United Airlines Upgrades:
  • Flat-bed seats on nearly 200 aircraft, including all planes flying international routes
  • Personal on-demand entertainment in all premium cabin seats as well as more than 80 percent of seats on international flights (including coach)
  • In-seat power installed on the 747 fleet
  • Doubling the size of overhead bins on Airbus-made planes
American Airlines Upgrades:
  • Extra leg-room seats with an additional four to six inches of space
  • 777-200 fleet: Fully lie-flat business-class seats with aisle access for every seat, international Wi-Fi and in-seat entertainment throughout all cabins
  • Business class: On-demand audio and video with up to 120 movies, 180 TV programs, 350 audio selections and 30 games on a 15.4-inch touch-screen monitor
  • Business class: Seats with power outlets and USB jacks
  • Economy class: New seats with more knee room, power outlets, USB jacks and nine-inch touch-screen monitors
Southwest Airlines Upgrades:
  • Recyclable carpet and a brighter color scheme
  • Newly designed seats with more space underneath
  • Netted seatback pockets, providing an inch more knee room

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CHICAGOAN BUDDY GUY SELECTED AS KENNEDY CENTER HONOREE

Chicago blues talent, Rock N Roll hall of famer and owner of Buddy Guy's Legends will be recognized at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors this December.

Recipents are recognized for their lifetime contributions of excellence to American culture through the performing arts, whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television.

In a statement, Buddy Guy said, "I cannot begin to describe my feelings of deep gratitude to be receiving the Kennedy Center Honor. I am even more humbled because this award was beyond my wildest dreams in 1957 when I left home, and my mother and father, to pluck my guitar promising to return to them one day with a polka dot Cadillac. This Louisiana, and now Chicago, man respectfully thanks the Kennedy Center for such high praise and especially for recognizing and helping to keep the Blues alive today."

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CHICAGO HOTEL HIGHLIGHT: OCTOBER

Soho House: Opening Spring 2014

The West Loop's Fulton Market district will welcome this exclusive members-only club and 35-room hotel in 2014, filling a six-story 1907 warehouse on Green Street, originally used by the Chicago Belting Factory.

Amenities will inclue:
  • A glass-enclosed rooftop bar and kitchen
  • A 60-foot rooftop pool
  • A 40-seat screening room
  • A 12,000-square-foot gym
  • A spa with five treatment rooms that will be open to the public
  • Three on-site restaurants that will be open to the public

The property's three new restaurants will be: London-based Pizza East (the first in the U.S.), plus a burger joint and a chicken concept — both with a British twist.

 


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