Category: Illinois

Cézanne to Picasso exhibition opens in Chicago

Cézanne to Picasso exhibition opens in Chicago

Featuring scores of works by such legendary modern artists as Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso, the Cézanne to Picasso exhibition has already received national and international acclaim and drew a devoted audience at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Tomorrow it will  open at The Art Institute of […]

American Girl Package from Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel

American Girl Package from Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel

American Girl Place is the place for girls; the place where imaginations soar from boutiques to cafés, to theatres and beyond. Why not extend your experience  and  stay at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel, taking advantage of its American Girl Chicago hotel package? The package starts from $159, includes milk and cookies at […]

Interview with Tahnya Butterfield of Style Clinic

Interview with Tahnya Butterfield of Style Clinic

Tahnya Butterfield is ‘Head Honcho’ for Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc., having previously worked in the hotel industry, human resources and organisational development consulting. She is a relentless collector of successful talent who immerse themselves in generating dynamite bespoke luxury shopping tours, style guides and precision personalised itineraries. What is it that  you do […]

Best new business hotels of 2006

Best new business hotels of 2006

In a review of the new business hotels that have debuted in 2006, Forbes’ Sophia Banay gives her pick of the best: Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel de Rome, Berlin InterContinental Boston The James Chicago Hotel The London NYC Mandarin Oriental, Prague Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street Traders Hotel, Kuala […]

THE JAMES Chicago

THE JAMES Chicago

Opened in April 2006, THE JAMES Chicago is a 297-room hotel that provides a stylish choice for the discerning business and leisure traveler.   The hotel features a JBar lounge, The Spa, The Gym, an exceptional restaurant, state-of-the-art technology, unique event spaces, beautiful guest rooms, and above all, classic ‘guest-centric’ hospitality.   The partners behind […]

Kimpton Hotels Winter Special

Kimpton Hotels Winter Special

Enjoy 15% off the Best Available Rate from now through to 24th  February 2007, with select Kimpton Hotels.  Participating hotels are in Alexandria, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Seattle,  Silicon Valley, Vancouver  and Washington DC.

Sensation Bars from Omni Hotels

Sensation Bars from Omni Hotels

Local treats ranging from Yoo-hoo to California Golden Pretzels await guests of Omni Hotels on both coasts of the US, as the brand’s  new Sensation Bar expands to the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza and Omni Berkshire Place in New York City, following successful introductions to the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas near […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Illinois

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Illinois

All of Illinois’  hotels to receive  Five Star Diamond Award  status in the latest  AAA inspection are Chicago-based. In all,  there are three achieving the grade: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago The Peninsula Chicago The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel (new in 2006)

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Hotels has opened its newest property: the Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. It is  an upscale, all-suite property located in the heart of Chicago’s nightlife. It is close to the John Hancock Center, Lakeshore Drive, Water Tower Place and  Magnificent Mile shopping. The hotel’s 345 guest suites have all been renovated and there’s a […]

Nicky O, from Nicky Hilton

Nicky O, from Nicky Hilton

A month ago  I  blogged that Nicky Hilton was possibly going to be opening her own line of boutique hotels. It appears this is now becoming a reality. The chain will be called Nicky O and the first hotel will open in South Beach in November 2006. The second will follow in Chicago a month […]

The healthiest hotels in the USA

The healthiest hotels in the USA

If you’re someone that likes to take good care of yourself when you travel, you’ll be interested to hear that Health magazine and AOL CityGuide recently listed the healthiest hotels in America. Details such as fitness facilities, healthy food offerings, spas, and stress-reduction services were all taken into account to produce the following list: Four […]

Nicky Hilton following in her father's footsteps?

Nicky Hilton following in her father’s footsteps?

Not wishing to have sister Paris steal all the limelight, Nicky Hilton has supposedly expressed an interest in going into the hotel industry with her own line of boutique hotels.    Her manager Paul Fisher recently told the  NY Daily News that she is exploring possible locations in Miami, Chicago and San Francisco.

Chicago bans foie gras

Chicago bans foie gras

The City Council in Chicago has voted to ban the sale of foie gras by retailers and restaurants in the city. The ban comes into play in 90 days and a fine of $500 faces anyone who violates the regulations.   Reservations have been expressed by restaurant owners, unsurprisingly, but also by  Richard Daley, the […]

Top skylines in the world

Top skylines in the world

According to diserio.com, the best skyline in the world is that of Hong Kong, pictured right. Personally, 15th-placed Seattle gets my vote, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Mount Rainier. The article sums up the top 18 skylines in the world as: 1. Hong Kong (China) 2. Chicago (USA) 3. Shanghai (China) 4. New York […]

LimoJet from ExoticCoach Limosuites of Chicago

LimoJet from ExoticCoach Limosuites of Chicago

A Chicago-based company, ExoticCoach Limosuites of Chicago, is converting old Lear Jets into limousines (or learmousines as they like to call them!). The vehicles can accommodate 16-18 passengers and will be in service in summer of this year.  The LimoJets come complete with 42″ plasma screen, theatre surround sound and even a disco ball.

Sofitel sells 6 hotels

Sofitel sells 6 hotels

A portfolio of six Sofitel hotels has been sold for $370 million. Accor sold the six hotels to a joint venture comprised of GEM Realty Capital and Whitehall Street Global Real Estate Limited Partnership 2005, but will maintain a 25% stake. The hotels included in the deal are located in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San […]