Defying industry norms by opening earlier than originally planned, the first-ever tri-branded Hilton development joined The Collection at McCormick Square this month.

Comprised of a Hilton Garden Inn, a Hampton Inn and a Home2Suites, the 23-story Hiltons at McCormick Place has a total of 466 guest rooms and 6,600 square feet of meeting space split among the three brands, and is directly attached to McCormick Place. Convenient for meeting guests, there’s one entrance point that allows access into all three properties. The complex also includes a shared fitness center, a Starbucks, an indoor pool and a business center.

“The Hiltons at McCormick Place make a phenomenal addition to the continuously developing landscape of McCormick Place and the Motor Row District,” says Kevin Calin, director of sales and marketing.

When it comes to F&B, complimentary breakfast is included at Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites, and made-to-order breakfast is available for at Hilton Garden Inn. Additional on-site dining options include a McCormick outpost of popular Wicker Park-based Fatpour Tapworks, offering 200 beers; and VU Skyward Bev + Eat, with two terraces and a solarium.

The entire Collection at McCormick Square development has more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space, 2,463 hotel rooms, 28 dining options, a 4,249-seat theater and the 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena, where ASAE will host its annual meeting opening night party next Saturday evening.

Have you ever wanted to tell an attendee to get lost? Well, now you can do so while maintaining your professional integrity. In conjunction with the Illinois Bicentennial celebrations happening this year, the Illinois Office of Tourism has partnered with 17 farms and orchards around the state to debut Bicentennial-themed corn and apple tree mazes for the public to enjoy.

 

Winning a golf tournament constitutes a pretty fantastic way to end a weekend, as my husband and I learned first hand yesterday. Together with professional golfer Heather Angell and two other great local amateurs, we took home the trophy for the 2018 Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open Pro-Am, held at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.

 

The 36-room Atticus Hotel in McMinnville, Oregon, opened for business this past spring. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar, private dining in the Atticus Hotel Drawing Room, a boardroom for meetings of up to 16 people, a business center and a fitness room. Additional amenities include Dutch-style bicycles, electric-car charging stations, rooms with fireplaces and original artwork from local artists.