Illinois

AmpliVox Honored For Disaster Communication System

On Nov. 16, AmpliVox was awarded the ASTOR Award for the Best Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Recovery System, presented at the 2016 ISC East Show in New York.

The AmpliVox Radio Hailer is a transportable system that allows for communication even when other sources have been eliminated. The Hailer joins with two MURS radios, one for receiving the other for transmitting. Additionally, it includes an amplifier, a horn speaker that has 108 dB of sound, and a warning siren with 120 dB.

Canopy by Hilton Prepares To Open In Chicago

A new 223-room lifestyle hotel, Canopy by Hilton in Chicago, will open in fall 2018 on S. LaSalle Street and W. Adams Street, in the Chicago Loop area.

Event Snapshots: A French Twist

At this year’s Alliance Française De Chicago gala, guests had a roaring good time taking in the whimsy of 1920s Paris. The biennial event benefits the nonprofit institution, founded 120 years ago, which has become the Midwest’s leading French cultural and learning center. It’s dedicated to studying the language and exchange of friendship between the two countries, and has one of the largest private French libraries in the area.

Joliet to Host Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars for the Joliet Area’s first-ever Restaurant Week! This winter, The City of Excitement will be heating things up by showing guests around some of the best eateries in the area. The big event, put on by Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, will go through Feb. 17–26.

Dare to be Different with 10 Unique Venues in Illinois

For your next event, it’s time to think outside the hotel box. Here are venues that highlight the great outdoors, working farms and even pingpong.

Karen McGuigan Celebrates 30 Years in Chicago Hotel Industry

Chicago native, Karen McGuigan, general manager at Hyatt Centric The Look Chicago, has just reached a milestone in her career—30 years in the Chicago hotel industry.

McGuigan began her career in January 1987, working at the front desk at Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For 15 years, she worked at various Hyatt locations in the Chicago area in a number of different capacities, including director of security at Hyatt Regency Chicago. In 2014, she joined the pre-opening team for Hyatt Centric, which opened last April.

New Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Schaumburg

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Chicago Schaumburg is the most recent hotel to join the Hampton by Hilton brand. Located at 891 Plaza Drive, the hotel is owned and managed by Superhost Enterprise LLC.

The 107-room hotel is in the center of Schaumburg’s business district and in walking distance of Woodfield Mall and the Schaumburg Convention Center. They offer a range of amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing, a 594-square-foot meeting space that holds 24 people and a business center.

Rockford Prepares for Multiple Sports Tournaments

Four large-scale sports tournaments are set to be hosted in the Rockford, Ill., region next year. It’s estimated that the participants, coaches and fans flocking to the area will contribute $5 million to the local economy during their stay.

The tournaments that have been booked so far include: the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Feb. 23–25; Amateur Athletic Union Midwest Regional Gymnastics Championships, May 5–7; Premier SuperCopa Championship, Jun. 9–12; and the Elite Clubs National Playoffs, Jun. 22–27.

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