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The summer of 2014 was good to Chicago; indeed, it was the city's best ever, as occupancy rates rose for a fifth straight year. For the first time, Chicago saw records across all key performance indicators - demand, occupancy, supply, average daily rate, revenue per available room and overall revenue. Chicago is well on pace to achieve Mayor Emanuel's goal of 55 million visitors a year by 2020.
Chicago is the largest city included in this year's "Best Places to Live in America" list by Money Magazine, based on its rankings of livability, housing affordability and economic strength. The magazine also ranked Chicago's Edison Park neighborhood in its top 10 for big-city bargains, stating the "family-friendly neighborhood combines a surburban feel with some urban advantages."
Condé Nast Traveler named Chicago one of the Top 25 Cities in the World, and The Langham, Chicago earned a spot in its Readers' Choice Awards 2015 list of the 100 Best Hotels & Resorts in the World. Visit Condé Nast Traveler's website to see how Chicago ranked.
The Damen Blue Line station will be closed for major renovations until Dec. 22. The station will undergo substantial improvements to the station house, platform and other elements, as part of the Chicago Transit Authority's New Blue Project. The CTA will provide expanded bus service to accommodate customers. Keep the Blue Line closure in mind especially when traveling to and from O'Hare International Airport.
The new Virgin Hotel Chicago, which has gotten a fair share of hype through its #virginrumors whisper campaign, is scheduled to open Jan. 15, 2015. Now accepting reservations, the 292-room Virgin Hotel Chicago will have a number of unique amenities, including free Wi-Fi, an app that will allow guests to check in and control in-room functions, sliding doors that divide rooms into two chambers, and much more. The Virgin Hotel Chicago will also have four dining concepts: a lobby-meets-social-club, hip American diner, Italian beverage bar, and a rooftop bar.
The 80th NFL Draft will be held April 30-May 2, 2015 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Rounds 1-3 will feature a number of city-wide festivities, including a red carpet on Michigan Avenue for prospects and an outdoor fan festival at Grant Park and Congress Plaza. The draft will be a week-long celebration of football for fans and will highlight Chicago as a premier sports town and world-class destination.