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Chicago News and Updates for Travel Professionals: August 2012

Six Chicago Hotels Ranked Among the Top 10 Large City Hotels in the U.S.

Travel + Leisure recently revealed the rankings for its 2012 World's Best Awards, which includes a ranking of the top 50 large city hotels in the U.S. This year, Chicago had six outstanding accommodations rank among the best — and took the No. 1 spot.

1. Waldorf Astoria
3. The Peninsula
22. Four Seasons Hotel
27. Park Hyatt
29. Trump International Hotel & Tower
37. Ritz-Carlton, A Four Seasons Hotel

Details and complete list

Chicago Bulls Announce 2012-2013 Season Schedule

Late last month, the Chicago Bulls announced their new season schedule. Some highlights:

  • Oct. 31: Bulls season opener, versus the Sacramento Kings.
  • Nov. 8: A visit from the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Nov. 12 and Dec. 18: A visit from the Boston Celtics
  • Dec. 8 and April 11: A visit from the New York Knicks
  • Dec. 25: For the first time since the 1997-98 campaign, Chicago will play at home on Christmas Day versus the Houston Rockets
  • Jan 21: The Los Angeles Lakers make their lone United Center appearance of the season
  • Feb. 21 and March 27: Visits from the NBA Champion Miami Heat

Details and 2013 schedule

$40 Million Renovations Planned at O’Hare Airport

Get ready for new walkways, better baggage claim areas, a healthcare facility and a bigger United Club lounge at O'Hare International Airport.

In an announcement last month, United Airlines and the TSA shared plans for $40 million worth of improvements to areas at O'Hare:

The restructuring includes 10 new passenger-loading bridges costing $10 million to allow regional flight passengers to board straight from their terminal without walking outside. The first set of bridges is scheduled to be completed this month with the full completion set for mid-2013.

Another $19.5 million will provide operational and security upgrades to existing baggage areas.

United also will build a 12,500-square-foot VIP United Club, triple the size of the current lounge area at Terminal, and a medical clinic providing employees with routine check-ups and emergency care. Both projects are set to finish by the end of 2012.


34 Miles of New Protected Bike Lanes to Be Installed by End of Year

This month, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the City will be building more than 30 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of this year, part of a planned nearly 650-mile network of biking facilities to be in place by 2020. This will include:

  • A two-way north-south protected bike route through the Loop on Dearborn St., including bicycle signals to separate bicycle and motor vehicle conflicts
  • The City’s first "Neighborhood Greenway," connecting the bike routes on Lincoln Ave. and Clark St.
  • A Milwaukee Avenue “spoke route,” connecting the popular Kinzie and Elston protected bike lanes
  • New buffered bike lanes on S. Chicago Ave.
  • New protected and buffered bike lanes along Wabash Ave., Halsted St., Jackson Blvd., 55th St., 31st St., Clark St., Martin Luther King Dr. and the West Side Blvds.

Details and more Chicago's Streets for Cycling Plan 2020


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