• Prairie Capital Convention Center Will House Illini Basketball Next Season

     
    POSTED November 21, 2014
     

Located in Springfield, Illinois, the Prairie Capital Convention Center was announced to be the host of the Fighting Illini men’s basketball games in November 2015.

The Prairie Capital Convention Center is proud to entertain the games and showcase its $15 million renovation. New lighting, state-of-the-art audio visual services, an expanded lobby, a food court, outdoor plaza and the addition of first-floor restrooms are just a few of the notable developments to the center.


“Hosting the University of Illinois basketball team for five games next season is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the City of Springfield," said Brian Oaks, Prairie Capital Convention Center general manager. "We are excited to have the Illini team on our court, and showcase our facility to all of the fans who will be attending.” 

 

The 2015 Springfield schedule marks November 8 for the exhibition game. The season opener will take place on November 13, with games on November 15, 21, and 23 to follow. 

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.