Go off the beaten path and explore these five secret spots.
Hotel du Village captures the beauty and romance of the French countryside and places it squarely in the charming and creative hamlet of New Hope. It’s long been a New Hope landmark, beloved by visitors and residents, many of whom spent Thanksgiving dinner around a table at the hotel’s restaurant, so it was naturally met with curiosity when Hotel du Village was sold in 2013.
In 1898, Joseph B. Funke opened a candy company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It operated until 1933 when the doors were closed and no more candy shipped out. That is until this past September, when the building reopened with a new name and new idea.
This is not your mother’s hotel anymore. Nowadays, properties are upping the ante with flashy new services, experiences and atmospheres that make them a true home away from home. Today, the name of the game seems to be partnerships, and while some hotels team up with chefs to offer award-winning restaurants or team up with award-winning musicians to create branded playlists and music exclusives, we’re getting wind of two Chicago venues that are going in another cultural direction.
After years of stalled renovation projects due to the economy, change is a-comin’ to a number of hotel properties in Illinois—and it couldn’t be better news for groups
Talk about sweet treats! Ethereal Confections is a bean-to-bar confectionary located in Woodstock, meaning they are one of the few chocolate manufacturers that import their own cocoa beans from places as far away as South America and Central America. And the quality shows in tasty cocoa nibs and truffles that come in multiple flavors and can be uniquely packaged for client or corporate gifts.
It’s been three months since their playoff win, and now the championship Chicago Blackhawks hockey team has been immortalized in a brand-new corn maze that just opened August 29 at the Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois.
Showing clients and attendees a good time while they visit your city isn’t always easy. Standard tourist attractions can get stale and group happy hours and dinners are sometimes just not enough to ‘wow’ the group. SuiteHop, an online platform that allows users to directly book entire suites or individual seats in suites that would have otherwise gone unused, has unique access to ultra-exclusive suites at hard to get into events.
Dunkin’ Donuts already has the coffee and donuts, so why not the conference room, too? A brand-new location in Glenview (1945 W. Willow Road) opened in April and is one of the only in the area to offer a new design concept, at the heart of which is five conference rooms open to both regular customers and local organizations and groups.
Walk into a meeting, walk out with a perfectly fitted pair of jeans. That is the premise of the Blues Jean Bar, an event add-on that encourages networking and dress-up amongst professionals while incorporating a high-grade gift item.