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CHICAGO NEWS & UPDATES FOR TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS

April 2016: The year's most anticipated hotel openings, new China-Shanghai route, plus upcoming attractions... Navy Pier theater, ping-pong & indoor skydiving.

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THE FIVE MOST ANTICIPATED NEW OR RENOVATED HOTELS OF 2016

Chicago's steady boom of hotel openings is showing no sign of slowing. Fresh brands are coming on board while time-honored properties undergo renovations.

Look for architectural marvel turned hotel LondonHouse Chicago to open at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River, Conrad Chicago to open in June with high-tech conveniences, and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago to emerge from a $22 million makeover this fall.

Learn more about the latest Chicago hotel openings.


JASLIN HOTEL OPENING SPRING 2016

Chinatown’s Jaslin Hotel (pictured above), located at 261 W. Cermak Rd., is putting on the finishing touches for its planned opening in Spring 2016. It is located in Chicago's famous Chinatown and steps from McCormick Place, the South Loop and ample public transit. The hotel is now taking reservations for May 1 and beyond.

Learn more about the Jaslin Hotel.


CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES CELEBRATES NEW DAILY DIRECT ROUTE FROM CHICAGO TO SHANGHAI

China Eastern Airlines announced new daily direct service between O’Hare International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport beginning March 18 on a Boeing 777-300ER. The new route offers business and leisure travelers traveling between Chicago and Shanghai top service and unparalleled connectivity within China with 156 connecting routes throughout the country from Shanghai as well as more than 50 connecting routes within Asia.

Learn more about the new service.


ICELANDAIR INCREASES CHICAGO CAPACITY

Icelandair announced that it has increased capacity from Chicago O'Hare International Airport prior to the launch of its inaugural flight on March 16. Icelandair will now operate a Boeing 767 on the route instead of a B757. This change will augment capacity during the busy summer season, offering an increase of up to 9,000 additional seats per year.

Learn more about the new year-round service.


AMERICAN ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICE BETWEEN CHICAGO AND SACRAMENTO

American Airlines recently announced it will begin new nonstop service between Chicago and Sacramento, California beginning June 2, 2016. The airline will operate two daily flights from O'Hare International Airport to Sacramento International Airport on a B737-800 aircraft. The airline will also extend daily service from Chicago O'Hare to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Aspen, Colorado through the summer season June 2 to August 15, 2016.

See more details.


THE YARD AT CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE TO OPEN FALL 2017 AT NAVY PIER

A new performance venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, is slated to open Fall 2017 at Navy Pier. The $35 million expansion project comes during Navy Pier’s centennial year as part of the city’s commitment to reinvigorate the attraction.

The new flexible space will be housed under the former Skyline State tent on Navy Pier and will be an enclosed, acoustically isolated, year-round performance space. The interior will have the capicity to reconfigure into nine different formations, housing anywhere from 150 to 850 people.

Learn more about The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare.


PING-PONG CLUB CO-FOUNDED BY SUSAN SARANDON OPENS

Put groups in motion and encourage engagement at Chicago’s latest creative venue. SPiN, the ping-pong club co-founded by Susan Sarandon, opened in early March in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The 16,000-square-foot venue features a center court with stadium seating, 20 ping-pong tables, two bars and three private lounge areas.

Learn more about SPiN Chicago.


IFLY TO DELIVER THE DREAM OF FLIGHT TO LINCOLN PARK

iFLY, the world’s largest Indoor Skydiving operation, is now delivering the dream of flight to adventure seekers in the Lincoln Park area. The new location at 800 W. Scott St. at Halsted marks the 17th iFLY facility in the U.S. Groups of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment. Each indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air.

Learn more about iFLY Chicago.


12 NEW RESTAURANTS COMING SOON TO CHICAGO

A new Korean-Polish restaurant opens, a breakfast favorite multiplies, dim sum comes to Little Italy, Cantonese cuisine makes a name and reggae may return to Wrigleyville.

Learn more about Chicago's newest restaurants.

Photos courtesy Jaslin Hotel, iFLY, Choose Chicago


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