• Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     

At the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Meet Chicago Northwest, professionals gathered to celebrate Chicago Northwest tourism at the 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting. The flourishing Chicago Northwest area wasn’t the only cause for celebration. Partners of the Meet Chicago Northwest organization also convened to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week and recognize the merit of five of the area’s hospitality industry professionals.

For the past several years, this event has served as a networking event for the partners of Meet Chicago Northwest. President Dave Parulo describes the meeting as a great way for their partners to build relationships. “I believe our partners find value in sharing quality time together. It is also our opportunity to get them excited about the high impact that Chicago Northwest tourism has on each of our lives,” he says. 

The following honorees were recognized for their admirable work in the industry:

Andy-John Kalkounos Chicago Prime Italian Restaurant
Past Board Chair Award
 
Sarah BillmeyerHyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago
Sales Leader of the Year Award
 
Maral Sosi Abrahamian Westin Chicago Northwest
Support Leader of the Year
 
Antoinette GonzalesAries Charter
Service Leader of the Year

Linda Karch - Retired
Chairman’s Award

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.