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  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    1. Mario Ceja, founder of MarioInk, is a Chicago tattoo artist that also creates body art, as he shows on this model. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    2. A cake with Chicago and all its culinary treasures in mind. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    3. The work of Miami’s Fernando Morales, a master cigar roller. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    4. The night was capped by a headlining performance from Brooklyn’s MisterWives band. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    5. Don’t Fret Art created a community mural that all guests were encouraged to contribute to. 

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    6. The Hit + Run screenprinters busy at work. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    7. New York Jessie Bearden in action creating her brand of edible art.

In September 2016, SpringHill Suites by Marriott kicked off its “Art of Local” series, a redesign of a similar program that began in 2010. The idea behind the North American platform is to bring together some of the best creators in each destination city into hotel lobbies as a way to provide busy patrons the opportunity to explore the local art scene. Each event is different and can include visual artists, culinary whizzes, skilled crafters and live performers. 

The first installation was held at the SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North location and gave a taste for what guests can soon expect. The talent included Chicago muralist Don’t Fret Art and interactive mixologists Femme Du Coupe, as well as a sample of other national artisans that will be included in other cities, such as Los Angeles wall art painters Experimental Half Hour, New York’s creator of visual feasts Jessie Maxwell Bearden and a rollicking performance from Brooklyn hit-makers MisterWives.

Here are some sights from the night.

Autograph Collection Hotels announced The Blackstone will join the brand's portfolio of more than 100 independent hotels across the globe on June 7.

 

Calling all wannabe spies! SafeHouse and EscapeHouse are now open in Chicago. These fully immersive experiences take a cue from America’s time honored intelligence operations, offering team-building entertainment alongside savory food and drink. Here are 10 things we’ve been cleared to tell you about these “top secret” destinations.

 

Olympia Hotel Management has been chosen to manage Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Quad Cities in East Moline, Illinois. The showcase hotel project features the 134-room Hyatt Place hotel and 99-room Hyatt House hotel.