CHICAGO NEWS AND UPDATES FOR MEETING PROFESSIONALS: SEPTEMBER 2012

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



CHOOSE CHICAGO LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE APP

Choose Chicago now puts the city in the palm of your hand, with the launch of its free mobile app, available for both iPhone and Android.

Get the free app.

Features include:
  • Maps and business contact info
  • Things to do and see near your location
  • Money-saving deals and offers
  • Events happening all around the city
  • The latest Chicago weather
Users can also create a list of favorites to keep track of the places they most want to see, and access Choose Chicago's Facebook and Twitter accounts for daily updates on what's happening during their visit.

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QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES CHICAGO AS NEWEST ROUTE

Beginning April 10, 2013, Qatar Airways will begin daily nonstop service from Doha, the capital of Qatar, to Chicago. Approximate flying time will be 15 hours.

From the press release:

Qatar Airways' Boeing 777 aircraft operating on the Chicago route will feature 335 seats in a two-class configuration of 42 Business Class seats and 293 in Economy.

Business Class, configured in a spacious 2–2–2 layout, features seats that convert into fully-flat horizontal beds, 17 inch individual TV monitors and an award-winning dining experience.

The airline’s Economy Class has the most generous leg room of any long-haul aircraft flying today with a seat pitch of up to 34 inches and seating in a 3–3–3 configuration.

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CONGRESS THEATER TO UNDERGO RENOVATIONS

The historic Congress Theater, located in the Logan Square neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, will undergo a renovation beginning this fall.

The renovation involves creating an "entertainment complex" with 8–10 street-level spaces that will include a farmers market-inspired grocer, a café called Flat White and a gastropub restaurant, all independently owned and operated.

"I don't want this building to be a cookie-cutter franchise-type building," Congress Theater owner Eddie Carranza said in a press release. "I want to give it its own character. This isn't a strip mall, this is Logan Square. We want to grow that indie spirit not break it up with a bunch of franchises."

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NEW MICROBREWERY PLANNED NEAR MCCORMICK PLACE

Funding has been approved for a new microbrewery restaurant planned near McCormick Place, in the Motor Row district near the convention center.

The project will transform a vacant three-story building at 2337 S. Michigan Ave. into the Broad Shoulders Brewery by early 2013, complete with a large tasting room and bar selling both housemade brews and food.

The Motor Row district housed automobile showrooms, dealerships and repair shops in the 1900s, and is now in the midst of transforming its historic buildings and warehouses into a premier entertainment district. Motor Row is across the street from McCormick Place and ideally positioned to offer a variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment options to convention attendees.

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CHICAGO HOTEL HIGHLIGHT: SEPTEMBER

New Multi-Hotel Development: Opening June 2013

Business meets style in the heart of River North, amid a new development that will house the following hotels:

  • Aloft Chicago City Center (272 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place (212 rooms)
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/River North (180 rooms)
Within the development will be 3,500 sq. ft. of shared, flexible meeting space, as well as a street-level restaurant, the sophisticated Aloft w xyz bar, a self-serve gourmet eatery and two separate exercise facilities (one dedicated to Aloft guests, and one shared by Hyatt and Fairfield guests).

Plus, the development is officially a LEED-registered project, citing several of its eco-friendly efforts, including:

  • A 16,334 sq.-ft. green roof
  • LED lighting
  • A hotel-wide recycling program
  • Landscaping that does not require permanent irrigation
  • The installation of high-efficient water fixtures, such as low-flow toilets

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