Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have named 2017 as the "Year of Public Art", and some of Chicago's hottest hotels will be housing living, breathing art installations. Chicago's reputation as a host of cultural and artistic inclusivity has inspired hotels to showcase art in their spaces for the rest of the year. Some of the hotels that will be hosting art pieces are the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel; The Blackstone, Autograph Collection; and Thompson Chicago.
SommCon, an education and training conference for beverage professionals and enthusiasts, will return this year Nov. 16=19 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. This year, more than 40 sessions will be offered through keynote sessions and educational classes. These include The Nightmare Scenario, Dealing With a Difficult Guest, Digging Into Unique Terroir, Hungarian Furmint: Ancient Grape, Modern Wines, Blind Taste With the Masters and many more. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, certification opportunities will be offered to those interested; the main conference is held Nov. 17=18.