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BY Margaret Galush

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Whet Your Appetite for These Mouth-Watering Menus

Hello readers,

Get ready to eat (and drink) your heart out with these tempting new menus from two of Illinois’ popular hotels. First, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center now offers uniquely themed break menus, all inspired by local touchstones. For your next meeting or event you can choose from:

Illinois Farm Table: Local crops are the focus with fresh ingredients, such as kale carrots and beets used to make smoothies, juices and pastries. Chalkboard signs and straw accents round out the theme.

Winning Over Event Attendees is Easy at the Chicago Sports Museum

Chicago is still enjoying the historic, 108-years-in-the-making win by the Cubs who became the World Series champions last October. To celebrate, there are few places better than the Chicago Sports Museum, located inside Water Tower Place, which has some of the most impressive artifacts from the city’s many teams. 

Now Open! Niles Welcomes Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago North Shore

Hello readers, The ribbon has been cut and the doors are now open at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago North Shore in Niles. The four-story hotel is the latest property in the Lakhani Hospitality portfolio; the family-owned business also owns and operates several locations in the Chicagoland area, including the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore in Skokie, the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare in Chicago and the Holiday Inn Chicago Oak Brook.

One Last Winter Fling: The Area’s Best Ski Resorts

Hello readers,

If we’re lucky, winter will be wrapping up soon. But there’s still time to get in one last seasonal excursion with your group at one of the Midwest’s top five ski resorts. This curated list was provided by travel expert Radek Mista. He’s also the founder of FastToll, an app that allows non-IPASS users to bypass the tollbooth lanes on Illinois roadways and pay later.

Experience Nature in Illinois with a Trip to Historic State Parks

In 2016, the National Park Service turned 100 years old, having spent the last century preserving some of the United States’ most unique, stunning and ecologically diverse sites—much to the delight of visitors. 

In fact, a new report shows that roughly 21 million people made a trip to National Parks in the Midwest Region in 2015, spending $1.3 billion in communities within a 60-mile radius of the chosen destination, supporting jobs and local economies. In Illinois alone, that figure tallied around 233,000 recreation visits and a total visitor spending of almost $14 million.

Choose Your Own Team-Building Adventure in Oak Brook

Looking for a thrill-seeking experience? There’s nothing quite like the new adventure campus coming to Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center to fill the void. This unique setup, slated for spring 2017, will feature three challenge areas, anchored by a low teams challenge course where groups can work on skills such as problem solving, trust and communication. Other options include a high ropes course and “Leap of Faith,” where leaders and managers can improve upon an ability to trust others.

Dare to be Different with 10 Unique Venues in Illinois

For your next event, it’s time to think outside the hotel box. Here are venues that highlight the great outdoors, working farms and even pingpong.

Kimpton’s World Series Wager Means Everyone Wins

Hello readers,

This week we may witness history as the Chicago Cubs travel to Cleveland and continue their bid in the World Series where they could end up winning the championship for the first time in more than 100 years. The stakes are high, with everyone making wagers on the final team standing—including Kimpton Hotels. Last week Kimpton’s combined Chicago properties (the Allegro, Monaco, Palomar, Burnham and the Gray) sent a goat and the following message to their partner, The Schofield Hotel in Ohio.

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