• New Venue Spotlight: Ace Hotel Chicago

    Chicago is the newest location in the Ace Hotel’s expanding portfolio.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

Ace Hotel is expanding its portfolio of popular boutique properties, announcing the opening of Ace Hotel Chicago on Sept. 1. It will be the brand’s ninth hotel, joining sister properties in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans. The Ace Hotel has long had a goal to support artists and musicians in its local communities through various partnerships and programming. The Chicago property has already made waves in its new home, teaming up with youth organizations like Little Black Pearl, Young Chicago Authors and 826CHI. Ace Hotel Chicago has donated 10 percent of revenue from its preview bookings to these local charities and has plans to continue to implement various events and initiatives throughout the year.

Located in the West Loop, the 159-room hotel has plenty of features for business and leisure guests to enjoy, such as a ground-floor restaurant, rooftop bar and lounge with roasts from Portland-based Stumptown Coffee. There are also plenty of meeting and event spaces to choose from, including two ground floor spaces, two meeting rooms on the 6th floor and two terraces on the 7th floor.

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast.

 

By training her team to view every guest as an individual, Catherine Mrowiec is changing the impersonal perception of large hotels.

 

New venues in this iconic neighborhood are a grand slam.