Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

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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.

Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D.

 

The work of Bob Doepel and his staff at Chicago Scenic Studios speaks for itself, having produced some of the most iconic sets for museums, TV and film and corporate events.

 

Meeting planners have more options than ever outside the city.