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Ballparks & Stadiums are Always Game for One-of-a-Kind Experiences

It’s a cold and dreary Monday in the city, but Chicago Cubs Director of Ticket Sales Andy Blackburn sounds wide awake and full of pep when he gets on the phone. “The vibe at Wrigley Field just feels different this year,” he says with more enthusiasm than a Monday deserves.

Yes, a true blue Cubs fan.

New Venue Spotlights: Rebel Hospitality Takes on 3 Hotels

The newly rebranded Rebel Hospitality group is the spark behind three unique Chicago hotels in its portfolio. Formerly known as Neighborhood Development Corporation, Rebel Hospitality chose the new name to reflect the distinctive design and experience each property offers.

SHAY: Night Club Meets Practicality for Groups

Looking for a distinctive venue or energetic post-meeting gathering spot? Look to SHAY, a new venture from the Spot On Group in the former Soundbar space that combines an edgy look, open floor plan and bold symmetry. SHAY merges the nightclub feel with practical amenities, including a small bites menu and a cocktail program supplemented by draft cocktails, champagne from around the world, local spirits and craft beers.

New Venue Spotlight: Lowdown on Loews

The Chicago area is gaining not one but two new Loews Hotels, marking the brand’s debut in Illinois. First is the Loews Chicago Hotel, a new development two blocks east of North Michigan Avenue that rises 52 stories with 400 guest rooms and 25,717 square feet of meeting space. It’s slated to open in early 2015 and will be the sixth member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) within Chicago providing support, expertise and sales services. 

Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.

Put Private Dining in the Palm of Your Hand

I am insatiably curious and always keen to learn something new, but I find that I am surprised by the seemingly familiar more often than not. Case in point? The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia. This elegant steakhouse is tucked inside the landmark Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel. It exudes that classic steakhouse appeal – a dark wood bar, a buzzy “business is getting done here” ambience and professional male waiters sporting jackets.

New Venue Spotlights: Soho House & Mistwood

The lush Soho House Chicago finally opened its doors this month—and what an entrance. For nearly 20 years, the artsy London brand, which offers hotel, dining and private memberships for those in creative fields, has emulated and embraced the unique characteristics of each of its properties while maintaining a distinct signature style. Located in the West Loop, Soho House Chicago offers 40 guest rooms and two front-facing restaurants on Restaurant Row, an exclusive 40-seat screening room, fitness center, Cowshed Spa and Salon and the Allis Bar.

So-So? Oh No! A Look Inside the Luxe Soho House

Hello Readers!

There hasn’t been this much fanfare for a Chicago hotel in years. But then again Soho House isn’t your typical lodging. Originally started in London as a private member’s club for creatives in film, media and other arts fields, the brand has since expanded in its nearly 20-year tenure by bulking up revamped hotel properties with all the same prominent perks that first attracted notables to sign up. Think restaurants, cinemas, spas, special events and more.

The Freedom to Do What you Want at Cuba Libre

One of the phrases that my mother often utters is "kill two birds with one stone." She’s far from violent. Instead, she is highly organized and is the embodiment of a multi-tasker. Like mother, like daughter. I love nothing better than getting two things done at once and just last week I managed to do just that. I interviewed a terrific Philadelphia personality (stay tuned to read that fun interview in our fall issue) and rediscovered a terrific event space. Our interview just so happened to be a lunch meeting at Cuba Libre.

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