MEETING PROFESSIONALS: JANUARY 2014 NEW IN CHICAGO

Discover the city's most recent openings, updates and renovations.

HOTEL SAX TO CHANGE ITS NAME

The Hotel Sax in River North is dropping its name and joining Marriott International Inc.'s Autograph Collection, a collection of properties operated like independent brands. This will be the second name change for the hotel in the last seven years. It opened as the House of Blues Hotel in 1998, but was changed to the Hotel Sax in 2006 after LaSalle Hotel Properties purchased it. The new name has not been revealed yet. More details are expected in February.

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NICO OSTERIA OPENS IN THOMPSON HOTEL

The new restaurant in the recently opened Thompson Hotel, Nico Osteria, is ready to serve. The 125-seat, two-story restaurant, from famed restauranteur Paul Kahan, is a seafood-focused Italian eatery. Chef Erling Wu-Bower from avec will man the kitchen along with pastry chef Amanda Rockman from L20.

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FULTON'S ON THE RIVER TO CLOSE, NEW CONCEPT FROM TONY MANTUANO TO COME

Fulton's on the River will close its doors after eight years of serving Chicago. January 11 is slated to be its last day of regular dining business. The spot will not be vacant for long. A new concept from Chef Tony Mantuano is expected to open in the spring, just in time for patio season. The restaurant will offer a casual dining hall with rustic American fare, with the menu focusing on big dishes, dramatic presentations and bold flavors. The restaurant will be revamped to showcase a brand new lower-level dining room with sweeping views of the Chicago River, two bars, a refreshed patio, a semi-private dining room and a new event space that overlooks the dining room.

During the renovation, Fulton's banquet and event space will still be available for social events, provate dinners and other functions for large groups.

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CHICAGO FIRE TO BUILD NORTH SIDE FACILITY

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club will develop a new Chicago Fire Soccer Center at 3626 N. Talman Avenue. The plans involve converting a vacant manufacturing building and the surrounding area into a year-round soccer center. The 140,000-square-foot facility will include two, regulation size turf soccer fields and the first air-supported dome within Chicago's city limits. The plan also includes a 15,000-square-foot building meant for field management offices, restaurants, retail and training.

Find out more about the new venue.