Illinois

Digital Detox: Tips on How to Log Off and Tune In

As general manager of The Florentine at the JW Marriott Hotel, Amanda Kipp had seen this scene play out a million times before: moments when diners should have been concentrating on the food in front of them and the company around them, but instead had their eyes affixed to their phones. Although rampant, the problem didn’t fully hit home until she dined at another restaurant. “I went out to eat, and I was looking around the room and saw a blue glow on everyone’s faces,” she recalls.

Get to Know: Lisle

Population: 22,390

Location: Lisle’s convenient location is just far enough to retreat to a natural setting while close enough to all of the urban buzz. At the crossroads of I-88 & I-355, the quaint town is only 25 miles from both O’Hare and Midway airports and just 25 miles from downtown Chicago.

Key contact: Robin Friday, director of sales

Phone Number: 630.769.1000 ext 11

New Venue Spotlight: Lowdown on Loews

The Chicago area is gaining not one but two new Loews Hotels, marking the brand’s debut in Illinois. First is the Loews Chicago Hotel, a new development two blocks east of North Michigan Avenue that rises 52 stories with 400 guest rooms and 25,717 square feet of meeting space. It’s slated to open in early 2015 and will be the sixth member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) within Chicago providing support, expertise and sales services. 

Signature Drink - Cease and Desist

CH Distillery is proud to say they are “made in Illinois, distilled in Chicago” with local grains that are processed to make small batch vodka, gin and other spirits. At the West Loop location, guests can sit down and enjoy a housemade drink at the cocktail bar and order small plates; group tours are provided as well. This recipe was developed by Food and Beverage Director Krissy Schutte.

Springfield, Illinois Tourism’s New Brand Announced as “Always Legendary”

Approximately 250 hospitality industry employees and tourism supporters were in attendance last month when Mayor Mike Houston and the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed the city’s new tourism brand, titled “Always Legendary,” in downtown Springfield.

Francesca's Restaurants Offering Holiday Hostess Classes

Francesca’s Restaurants launched “Season’s Greetings in September,” an incentive for guests to book holiday parties in the month of September. Planners who are quick on the draw will receive two exclusive, complimentary tickets to the first-ever holiday hostess class series hosted by corporate executive chef Massimo Salatino, beverage director Lisa Mango and events director Robyn Jones at select locations. 

State Representative Received Illinois Office of Tourism Lincoln Award

Jen Hoelzle, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, presented State Representative Fred Crespo (44th District Illinois) with the Illinois Office of Tourism’s Lincoln Award, honoring his contributions as a member of the tourism community, at the Illinois Office of Tourism Road Show at the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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