• Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    1. Mario Ceja, founder of MarioInk, is a Chicago tattoo artist that also creates body art, as he shows on this model. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    2. A cake with Chicago and all its culinary treasures in mind. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    3. The work of Miami’s Fernando Morales, a master cigar roller. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    4. The night was capped by a headlining performance from Brooklyn’s MisterWives band. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    5. Don’t Fret Art created a community mural that all guests were encouraged to contribute to. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    6. The Hit + Run screenprinters busy at work. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    7. New York Jessie Bearden in action creating her brand of edible art.

In September 2016, SpringHill Suites by Marriott kicked off its “Art of Local” series, a redesign of a similar program that began in 2010. The idea behind the North American platform is to bring together some of the best creators in each destination city into hotel lobbies as a way to provide busy patrons the opportunity to explore the local art scene. Each event is different and can include visual artists, culinary whizzes, skilled crafters and live performers. 

The first installation was held at the SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North location and gave a taste for what guests can soon expect. The talent included Chicago muralist Don’t Fret Art and interactive mixologists Femme Du Coupe, as well as a sample of other national artisans that will be included in other cities, such as Los Angeles wall art painters Experimental Half Hour, New York’s creator of visual feasts Jessie Maxwell Bearden and a rollicking performance from Brooklyn hit-makers MisterWives.

Here are some sights from the night.

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast.

 

By training her team to view every guest as an individual, Catherine Mrowiec is changing the impersonal perception of large hotels.

 

New venues in this iconic neighborhood are a grand slam.