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CHICAGO NEWS AND UPDATES FOR TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS: FEBRUARY 2014

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FIELD MUSEUM PLANS MAJOR GREEK ANTIQUITIES EXHIBIT

The Field Museum announced plans for a major exhibition with the government of Greece and 17 museums from that country to display some of the oldest antiquities in the world. The 2015 showcase of Greek antiquities and other upcoming exhibits is part of a larger effort to attract visitors. The museum also plans to open up behind-the-scenes tours for the public into its treasures, and make its labs available to the public to see scientists in action. Other additions include unveiling rare objects from the museum's collection and a soundscape exhibit that will take guests on an audio tour back in time.

Learn more about future exhibits




JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY ANNOUNCES NEW NAME, BRAND IDENTITY

John Hancock Observatory announced a transformation for 2014, including a new brand identity and a multi-million dollar renovation. In March, the observatory will be re-introduced as 360 CHICAGO. The new name will be accompanied by the tagline "Best Views. All Around," which best describes the experience guests have at the 94th floor observatory.The renovations will enhance the overall experience and elevate how visitors view the city.

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CUBS INTRODUCE NEW MASCOT

The Chicago Cubs introduced the team's first-ever mascot, Clark, a large wide-eyed bear with a big smile and a backwards cap. The new mascot was created in response to fan feedback asking for more Cubs-related family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field. Clark will interact with the community and engage with young fans, while also acting as a champion for Cubs Charities' mission of targeting improvements in health and wellness, fitness and education for children. During games, Clark will greet fans at the entrance to the stadium and will stop by the "First Timers Booth" to welcome new guests. On family Sundays, he will help kids run the bases after the game.

Learn more about the new mascot




TWO CHICAGO HOTELS NAMED TO TRAVEL & LEISURE IT LIST 2014

Two Chicago hotels made it on Travel & Leisure's It List of the 70 coolest hotels that are changing the travel landscape. The Langham, housed in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1972 IBM building, made the list for its floor-to-ceiling views of the river and downtown, as well as its impeccable service. Thompson Chicago (formerly Sutton Place) also made the list thanks to its next-generation designs and its popular lobby fireplace.

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