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Fourth Annual James Beard Eats Week in Chicago

Friday, April 6, 2018 3:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Al Orendorff, Director, Corporate Communications
312.567.8482
aorendorff@choosechicago.com

(CHICAGO, April 5, 2018) – Choose Chicago, in partnership with the Illinois Restaurant Association, announces the return of James Beard Eats Week, taking place April 27–May 7, 2018.

“Chicago proudly sits at the head of the culinary table,” said David Whitaker, Choose Chicago President and CEO.  “Eats Week represents both a unique opportunity for visitors and residents alike to explore and appreciate the city’s world renowned chefs and restaurants, as well as celebrate Chicago hosting the annual James Beard Awards by experiencing special dishes and menus.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2017

CONTACT:
Mayor’s Press Office
312.744.3334
press@cityofchicago.org

Strong Performance through the First Half of 2017 Poised to Break Tourism Record Set Last Year; Chicago Welcomed 28 Major Conventions so far in 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago, today announced that projected hotel room demand and hotel occupancy continue to grow in the first half of 2017 as Chicago remains a destination for major meetings and conventions as well as leisure travel. Hotel room demand is projected to set records in each of the first six months of 2017 with year-to-date rooms occupied at the end of June projected to be up 4.0 percent. The 4.0 percent increase is fueled by growth in leisure visitors and group/meetings visitors. Hotel occupancy rates for Chicago also grew, now averaging a projected 70.7 percent rooms-occupied for the first six months of 2017. This continuously growing demand for hotel rooms occurred while room supply growth of 3.2% occurred, a result of three additional hotels opening in the first six months of 2017.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2017

Contact: 
Mayor's Press Office 
312.744.3334 
press@cityofchicago.org

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced Chicago Friday Night Flights, a summer-long series of events that will highlight Chicago's thriving craft beer scene. Produced by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Choose Chicago, the six bi-monthly festivals will showcase neighborhood breweries and celebrate Chicago's beer scene, which has become an epicenter of the global craft beer movement. Chicago's neighborhoods are home to more than 60 breweries featuring some of the nation's best award-winning beers, creating a diverse array of styles.