• The Statehouse Convention Center Completes Renovations

     
    POSTED February 6, 2013
     

    All three levels of the center have gone through several renovations including upgrades to the sound system, lighting and security, wall treatments and door hardware.

The Statehouse Convention Center, which has been under construction since 2010, is finally completed. All three levels of the center have gone through several renovations including upgrades to the sound system, lighting and security, wall treatments and door hardware.

The Woody Allen ballroom received the most significant changes with the instillation of air-walls to expand meeting capabilities and space flexibility in the 18,500 square foot space. Additionally, the ballroom level is now carpeted in a vivid red, teal, taupe and blue pattern that resembles the waves of the Arkansas River, which the ballroom overlooks.

Besides the Woody Allen ballroom, the largest such facility in the state, the Statehouse Convention Center features four large, adaptable exhibition halls and meeting rooms. For more information about The Statehouse Convention Center, located in the heart of the downtown meeting and entertainment district.

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.