The Places

The Places

BY Margaret Galush


Get in a Good Workout at One of These 3 Hotels

Chicago hotels are inviting meeting attendees to bust a move with new fitness programs that really stretch the limits of breakout sessions.

JW Marriott Chicago recently launched the “Fit Meetings” program, exclusively tailored to meeting participants. It offers a choice of three breakout enhancements that focus on meditation, posture and boosting energy or three longer-format fitness classes led by the spa’s Nike-certified personal trainers. Groups of up to 200 are welcome. 

It's Official: America Needs a Vacation

A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!

However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year. 

Discover Why Rosemont is Growing in Popularity

In January, the Village of Rosemont celebrated its 60th anniversary—and boy has the community come far in that time, from an incorporated village with a burgeoning convention district to an all-out entertainment destination vital to locals and visitors traveling to and from the nearby O’Hare Airport.

Lillstreet Ignite Workshops Bring Work and Art Together

If you’re playing a lot of hide and seek in finding the right team-building activities for your corporate group, consider Lillstreet Ignite. An extension of the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, the Ignite program offers hands-on workshops, taught by a professional artist, that bring art and business together. Each teaches the effectiveness of collaboration and communication as well as creativity and mindfulness, according to Program Director Samantha Hostert.

New Venue Spotlight: Smith + The Loyalist

It’s the long-awaited return of culinary duo John B. and Karen Shields—and they are making quite the re-entrance in Chicago’s culinary scene after almost a decade away. The married pair recently moved back to the city to unveil Smyth + The Loyalist in the West Loop, a respective restaurant and downstairs lounge that carries on their legacy of 30 years in the business.

That’s the Team Spirit! New Group Activities in Illinois

Hello readers,

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s your boss! In March the latest iFLY opened in Lincoln Park, joining a sister spot in Rosemont and the 17th location nationwide. The world’s largest skydiving operation gives thrill seekers the experience of flight in a safe, indoor environment and with the guidance of certified flight instructors. All ages and abilities are welcome to partake in the unique activity (although those with shoulder, back or neck injuries should check with a doctor first).


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