Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to feel your best. That is exactly what Conrad Chicago had in mind when planning its latest move. The former Rush Street hotel (which was rebranded into The Gwen almost two years ago) will reopen at a new location at 101 E. Erie Street in September.

The 287-room luxury property will offer 65-inch flat-screens in each room (the largest TVs of any Chicago hotel), plus 10,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s also going to be the first Hilton Worldwide location to utilize 3-D custom imaging software from Social Tables. With this unique technology, planners are able to see an instantaneous and fully dimensional rendering of a proposed event space, complete with décor and table arrangements.

The hotel will also be implementing real-time digital communication channels, such as SMS, which simplifies requests of staff. As well, three restaurants will be available—one on the ground level and the others occupying the top two floors with a look at the buzzing downtown scene below. 

An empowering approach to leadership makes Jill Torke, director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, a superwoman in the city’s hotel scene.

 

Think creative F&B always has to be expensive? Think Again. We asked a hotel, a restaurant and a conference center to create three menus at three different price points - and they delivered. 

 

Lucky Strike served as the host venue for the third-annual Hospitality Fest, which gathered more than 750 meeting and event planning professionals for a four-hour evening event. With the goal of spotlighting options across Chicagoland for holiday parties, 74 table sponsors showcased ideas for F&B, event spaces and corporate activities. The teams and volunteers wore bowling shirts with presenting title sponsors’ names on the front to create a fun, laidback atmosphere.