• Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Appoints General Manager

     
    POSTED February 8, 2017
     

Paul E. Cardona has been appointed the new general manager of Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center. He brings more than 22 years of hotel experience to his latest position.

“Paul’s experience working with luxury, world-class brands, such as the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt Chicago,” says Paul Wischermann, president and CEO, Wischermann Partners, Inc. “Makes him the perfect addition to our Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center team and has further solidified the hotel as one of the best in the Chicagoland area.”

Cardona previously held executive positions in Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Soho House & Co., Miami’s SLS Hotels and the Park Hyatt Chicago.

“I am extremely proud and excited to join the team at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center,” says Cardona. “As a local resident, I look forward to truly embracing the vibrant communities surrounding the hotel through Le Méridien brand’s hallmark of providing personalized service by showcasing our location and culture.”

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.