Hello readers,

This week we may witness history as the Chicago Cubs travel to Cleveland and continue their bid in the World Series where they could end up winning the championship for the first time in more than 100 years. The stakes are high, with everyone making wagers on the final team standing—including Kimpton Hotels. Last week Kimpton’s combined Chicago properties (the Allegro, Monaco, Palomar, Burnham and the Gray) sent a goat and the following message to their partner, The Schofield Hotel in Ohio.

“Your Kimpton sister hotels in Chicago wanted to let you know: [We Aren’t] Afraid of No Goats! But YOU should be. We’re so confident that our Cubbies will bring home the big W for Chicago that, if they don't, all Kimpton Chicago hotels will offer Ohio residents rates of $99 the month of December. And if the reverse happens, Schofield Hotel will offer Illinois residents the same deal the month of December. Do you accept our challenge?"

The Schofield did accept—now all fans of the Cubs (and Kimpton) just have to wait for the final play.

Note, the rates are limited and subject to blackout dates, but even so this is a great deal for the boutique hotel in Cleveland.

Happy Planning!

Selena Fragassi
Editor
Illinois Meetings + Events

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The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.