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Le Méridien Celebrated Opening of First Oakbrook Hotel

THE VACATED RENAISSANCE HOTEL had spent the past three years empty, abandoned and looking completely out of place within the thriving Oakbrook Center, a high-end shopping district located just west of Chicago. That is, until Paris-born hotel Le Méridien moved in.

New Venue Spotlights: Rebel Hospitality Takes on 3 Hotels

The newly rebranded Rebel Hospitality group is the spark behind three unique Chicago hotels in its portfolio. Formerly known as Neighborhood Development Corporation, Rebel Hospitality chose the new name to reflect the distinctive design and experience each property offers.

10 Reasons to Visit Grand Geneva Resort in Wisconsin

IF YOU HEADED SOUTH FOR THE WINTER, consider heading north for the spring and summer. Just across state lines in Wisconsin are the lush 1,300-acre grounds of the AAA Four-Diamond Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. It’s now easier than ever to get there with a new chartered helicopter service out of Schaumburg, but that’s just the beginning of what awaits. Fly or drive, here’s 10 reasons why you should get to know this all-season resort.

Signature Drink - The Ten Mile

Get ready for a duel—this drink is meant to be reminiscent of walking into a saloon in the mid 1800s. “The flavors are very classic. The charred wood of the bourbon and the stone fruit of the apricot are deep and rich,” says Robert LaPata, co-owner of Evanston’s newest hot spot. The recipe is even further significant, reflecting on the history of the original Ten Mile House, the town’s “first gathering point,” which opened in 1836.

Meet Billy Dec, Rockit Ranch Productions

Billy Dec has been working in the restaurant and entertainment industry for as long as he can remember. “In the sixth grade, I started as a coat check kid and eventually moved up the ropes to becoming a host.” So when his father and brother sadly passed away when he started college, Dec added on security gigs at nightclubs to make extra money for his family.

Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

Game on! The popular arcade-meets-bar-meets-private-event-space Headquarters Beercade now has a second location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The new spot, which is just a few miles from the original Lakeview venue, opened at the end of August and features two floors and three bars. The expansive space has room for 1,000 guests reception-style or up to 600 seated and, as such, has become a popular option for corporate and social events looking for flair.

Plan a Successful Charity Event With These Tips

Luscious libations, delicacies from 14 of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, fabulous music and décor guests enjoyed the works at the 22nd annual Cocktails for a Cause gala at Galleria Marchetti last November. Beyond the glitz and glam, though, the real attraction was meeting the goal of $210,000 raised for pediatric research initiatives at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

O'Hare Makes a Nice Landing Place for Planners

In April 2014, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in partnership with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and mall development company Westfield Corp., unveiled a $26 million revamp of O’Hare’s International Terminal 5. The overhaul added 24 new luxury retail and dining options as well as Chicago’s first airport spa, XpresSpa. Additional Terminal 5 features now include redesigned restrooms, lounge-style seating with outlets and USB ports, new lighting and signage and fixtures, all of which incorporate sustainable and recycled materials.

Warm Up Your Next Group Meal at these Restaurants with Fireplaces

Chiberia, Snowmaggedon. Plowed In. Last winter gave us a whole new vernacular of cold-isms as well as appreciation for warm places. To prepare you for this season, we’ve compiled a list of positively glowing restaurants that you can consider for your upcoming meeting or event. After all, the hearth was designed as the very first meeting spot.

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