Illinois

Signature Drink: Jimmy Two Times

Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit.

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Is Undergoing Major Transformations

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort—managed by The Bricton Group—has revealed their $22 million renovation plans. The renovations are set to begin in December 2016 and for completion in the second half of 2017.

Now Open! Conrad Chicago Takes Over the Mag Mile

Hello readers,

Last week, Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly, Hotelier Laurence Geller and Hilton executives gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to proudly announce the opening of the Conrad Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. Though the luxury hotel originally operated under the same name with a former location on Rush Street, the venue has been completely refreshed with new design elements and a new location in the former Draft FCB building.

Event Snapshots: HeliNights Provides a Whole New Perspective on Chicago

While you can always view the city of Chicago from one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Willis Tower, there’s a new way to see the vast landscape—from a helicopter hovering 100 stories high. Chicago Helicopter Experience is the latest option for meeting and event professionals to take their event to a whole new level. Guests can enjoy dinner, cocktails and entertainment before taking flight on a unique day or night tour that also provides a little history. 

Wintrust to Open McCormick Square Venue

Chicago’s leading community and corporate company Wintrust Financial Corporation has announced they’re opening a new event center at the McCormick Square that will be called Wintrust Arena. This announcement came from a letter of intent that was signed with DePaul University.

Meet Haley Stein

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Haley Stein was recently hired as the director of the Sherpa Experience Group in Chicago.

Flashback: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Builds on Long History

Though the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has become one of the hottest new properties in Chicago, the history of the building goes back more than a century. The original CAA was established in 1890 with a mission of “providing a setting for athletic, business and social activities.” Founding members included AG Spalding, Cyrus McCormick and Marshall Field.

Choose Your Own Team-Building Adventure in Oak Brook

Looking for a thrill-seeking experience? There’s nothing quite like the new adventure campus coming to Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center to fill the void. This unique setup, slated for spring 2017, will feature three challenge areas, anchored by a low teams challenge course where groups can work on skills such as problem solving, trust and communication. Other options include a high ropes course and “Leap of Faith,” where leaders and managers can improve upon an ability to trust others.

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