A new city visitor information center at the Macy's on State Street (111 N. State St., Lower Level) had its grand opening on June 25. Developed in partnership with Choose Chicago, it has interactive kiosks and features Choose Chicago website and neighborhood guides, as well as in-person concierges.
Popular Macy's incentives are also available, such as the International and Domestic Savings Program which gives travelers a 10% discount off purchases throughout the store. The Savings Pass can be printed in nine languages including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. The new location at Macy's on State Street is one of three official Chicago Visitor Information Centers.
United Airlines began Chicago's first-ever flights to Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 22 and began running daily summer service June 12. Flights will operate four times weekly beginning September 2 through October 5, 2014.
Chicago's First Lady Cruises christened its newest vessel, Chicago's Classic Lady, on May 29. The 229-passenger yacht goes into service in time for the start of the summer tourist season, and will also serve as a special private party venue for corporate and social events, as well as wedding functions.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Millennium Park will feature a special installation of work by Jaume Plensa, the world-renowned sculptor and creator of one of the Park's most prominent attractions, the Crown Fountain. "Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits" features four large-scale portraits of young girls positioned in the park such that they complement and expand upon the story of the 1000 LED portraits of Chicago residents that illuminate the Crown Fountain.
The installation will remain open on display through December 2015; it is free and open to the public.