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Signature Drink: "Bo Knows This"

After a two-year hiatus from the restaurant world, chef Jason Vincent is back with Giant. The 40-seat spot in Logan Square offers classic Midwestern dishes from the culinary genius named Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” and a winner of the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award. General Manager and Partner Josh Perlman will oversee Giant’s beverage program, which includes a boutique wine and beer list and classic cocktails like this one—named after A Tribe Called Quest song.

David Ranalli’s Magic Act is a Crowd-Pleaser

David Ranalli, aka “The Corporate Illusionist,” has been practicing magic since he was 13 years old, first gaining exposure in nightclubs before moving to the business world where tricks like mind reading and Russian roulette wow crowds of around 1,000 people (or more if needed). Here, he shares his secrets to being a successful entertainer. 

Conrad Chicago Goes from Rush to Erie Street

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.

Meet Kristin Cox

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.

Kristin Cox was recently hired as sales association at Conference Chicago.  

1. What are you most looking forward to as the new sales associate for Conference Chicago? I’m most looking forward to cultivating new relationships within the hospitality industry and learning more about sales techniques in the meeting industry.

Meet Michelle Revuelta

 

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.

Michelle Revuelta was recently hired as the vice president of media relations for Choose Chicago.  

Meet Daniel Corcoran

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.

Daniel Corcoran was recently hired as the chief operating officer for the Corcoran Expositions.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as chief operating officer at Corcoran Expositions?

Burrito Beach Party Platters Put a New Twist on Box Lunches

Although they’ve been around for the past 20 years, Chicago’s Tex Mex emporium Burrito Beach is charting new waters with a foray into affordable catering for meetings and events. While its taco and nacho bars bank on the popularity of “build-your-own” stations, “beach boxes” update the old lunch staple with a choice of burrito, salad or quesadilla. Even breakfast gets a wakeup call with genius breakfast burritos and a breakfast taco bar.

Lisa Timbo Appointed General Manager of JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriott Chicago has announced the appointment of Lisa Timbo to the role of general manager. Timbo, a Chicago native, has been in the industry for 30 years

Previously, she served as general manager at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center since 2010.

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