CHICAGO EXPERIENCES RECORD VISITATION FOR 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that domestic visitation to
Chicago in 2013 hit an all-time record of 46.96 million visitors, a gain of
4.4% over 2012. Overseas visitation for the year is expected to increase to
more than 1.4 million, helping the city meet the mayor's goal of attracting 55
million visitors by 2020.
THOMPSON HOTEL NAMED ONE OF THE BEST NEW HOTELS IN THE WORLD
Condé Nast Traveler named the Thompson Hotel as one of the
winners of its 18th annual "Hot List" of the Best New Hotels in the
World. The Thompson was named as one of the best food hotels, thanks to its
restaurant Nico Osteria from noted Chicago chef Paul Kahan. The magazine
considered 510 hotels in 400 cities and 93 countries, but only 33 made the
the full list
O'HARE IS FIRST U.S. AIRPORT TO EXPAND APC TECHNOLOGY
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport announced that the
Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks have been upgraded to accommodate more international
travelers, making it the first U.S. airport to expand the technology.
Previously, the kiosks were only available to U.S. and Canadian citizens, but now
the multi-lingual kiosks will be open to travelers from 38 countries that do
not require U.S. entry visas.
out more about the APC expansion
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS TO BE HELD IN CHICAGO IN 2015
Chicago will host the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony
and Gala Reception in 2015, marking the first time the ceremony will be held
outside New York City. The 25th Anniversary of the "Oscars of the
Food Industry," is scheduled to take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4,
2015. Chicago has a deep history with the foundation, delivering restaurant and
chef winners 23 out of 24 years.
more about the award ceremony
CHICAGO SPORTS MUSEUM AND HARRY CARAY'S 7TH
INNING STRETCH OPEN
Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago
Sports Museum are the latest additions to the attractions along Chicago's
Magnificent Mile. Located on the seventh floor of Water Tower Place, the
restaurant serves up twists on classic American comfort food, while the museum
features interactive displays and sports memorabilia.
more about the restaurant and museum