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Experience Elevated Luxury at The Langham, Chicago
The Langham, Chicago—recently named to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels 2014 as #1 City Hotel in the Continental U. S.—has quickly become a destination of choice. Situated on the banks of the Chicago River in one of the city’s most prestigious downtown locations, The Langham, Chicago boasts panoramic views of the cityscape. Set in an iconic building designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, The Langham, Chicago’s detailed hospitality, modern accommodations, and array of amenities and services make for a modern masterpiece.
Exclusive Offer of “Elevated Luxury”
Enjoy the many options of Elevated Luxury and continue to inspire
Available for stay dates through March 31, 2015
Book by December 31, 2014
Meet the below requirements and take advantage of all The Langham, Chicago has to offer
Offer is subject to availability at the time of booking. Rates are per room, per night and subject to applicable taxes, gratuities and fees. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or discount. Restrictions may apply. In the event of dispute, Langham Hotels International and its properties reserve the right to the final decision.
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Features "Winter Warmer" Meetings Offer
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is offering a “Winter Warmer” offer for meeting planners that includes menu upgrades to take the chill out of first quarter meetings. Menu upgrades include:
• Oz Park Hot Breakfast Buffet for the price of a Columbus Park Continental Breakfast ($10 value per person)
• Any of our Hot Lunch Buffets for the price of a Deluxe Deli Lunch ($10 value per person)
• AM Break enhanced with the addition of Chef’s Signature Mini Cinnamon Rolls ($12 value per person)
• PM Break enhanced with the addition of Chef’s Signature Savory Mini Cornish Pasties ($12 value per person)
To book a meeting, email RFP-CHI@fairmont.com or call 312-565-7400. Please note: This offer applies to new inquiries, is contingent upon availability, cannot be combined with any other offer and must be mentioned when requesting a proposal. Offer valid for new January – March (2015–2017) business booked by January 31, 2015. No substitutions.
Last year, the hotel unveiled a $2.5 million renovation of its 63,000 square feet of meeting space, which now includes 15 meeting rooms ranging from 400 to 16,000 square feet.
New Group Tours & Activities at Monona Terrace!
Monona Terrace is excited to offer a host of exciting new experiences for groups of 10 or more! These new activities are designed to inspire, entertain and delight visitors on their journey into learning about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace.
Bus parking is available. For more information, visit http://tours.mononaterrace.com or call (608) 261-4015. Be sure to become a fan on Facebook!
Free Brunch in the 'Borg!
The J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center is offering great special rates and deals for your next meeting in January, February or March, 2015! Receive a free brunch with pastries, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee with a rental of the Board Room, Club Room, Banquet Hall or Dansstalle. Book a meeting during the week and get free all day beverage service with coffee, iced tea and ice water. We are also offering special rental fees every day of the week, including weekends.
At the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center, we want our guests to focus on a successful meeting and leave the facility details to us! For the smaller organization, we can offer intimate spaces for your event. For the group of 400+ we can furnish up to 15,000 square feet for a comfortable, enjoyable setting. If you would like further information for the special rates and on meeting space availability, please call (785) 227-2015 or email.
12.13.14 is a Lucky Day for a Special Event or Wedding at the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel
December 13, 2014 has been coined a lucky day as the last sequential date of the century giving many a reason to celebrate whether it’s a wedding or an annual holiday party. The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel is offering a sequential century close out Lucky Deal with discounts or complimentary services aligning with the 12, 13 and 14 numbers on select items to ensure the occasion is as memorable as the day is lucky.
“A sequential day that falls on a Saturday is not only lucky, but a reason to celebrate, and the last sequential day for 89 years is even more exceptional,” said Kim Corrigan, general manager of The Blackstone. “At the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago we want to spread the luck with sequential discounts and complimentary services that will help create an unforgettable evening.”
Those who book an event for 12.13.14 will receive:
Special Events at The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel
Sequential days are not the only time The Blackstone hosts lucky events. The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel’s sales and catering department helps groups plan memorable corporate events, weddings or other special events 365 days a year. The Crystal Ballroom, a lavishly restored, 3,478-square-foot ballroom has served as Chicago’s premier venue for debut parties and important society events. The Blackstone’s Art Hall, is another popular location for receptions, it houses a portion of The Blackstone’s extensive art collection and celebrates the arts with semi-annual exhibits by young, emerging local artists
For reservations or more information call 312-447-0955; or visit http://www.blackstonerenaissance.com/meetings-events/.
Share in the Spirit of the Season at theWit
‘Tis the season for planning spectacular holiday events! Whether looking to book a corporate or intimate occasion, theWit offers a variety of dramatic spaces and amenities to customize any special celebration. Holiday party planners that book early with theWit will receive a special perk of their choice in addition to their event package. Perks include a $100 Gift card to Spa@theWit, a complimentary champagne toast event add-on, or double Hilton HHonors Points.
theWit provides ample event space available in distinct and vibrant settings to accommodate groups of both small and large scale. The chic venue features stylish ballrooms for groups of up to 300, spectacular views of downtown Chicago from ROOF—named “one of the top 3 rooftop bars in the world” by Travel + Leisure--SCREEN —a lux multimedia theatre— and State and Lake Chicago Tavern—the property’s casual dining destination featuring American craft beers and comfort food with a modern twist.
theWit’s expert culinary team, professional catering service, and seasoned event planners lend their expertise and take care of the details to ensure each gathering is an unforgettable one.
To receive the bonus perks, guests should book their holiday event by the following deadlines through the contacts listed below. More information is also available on each venue’s individual website:
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center Extends ‘Delayed Response’ to Weary Travelers
The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is introducing a new plan to help relieve some of the tension that comes along with air travel these days. Starting October 6, 2014, guests who experience a flight delay of any sort, inbound our outbound, will be offered a Delayed Response food and beverage discount.
“The challenges that come along with flying today impact most of us at some point,” said Stefan Mühle, General Manager at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, which is less than 30 minutes from both O’Hare and Midway International airports. “The next time a guest of ours is delayed, we will respond with a warm gesture and show them Oak Brook Hills cares.”
As such, Mr. Mühle and his staff are offering guests 10%-off on all hotel food and beverage items for one hour flight delays, 25%-off for two hour flight delays, and 50%-off for flight delays that exceed three hours. The process for redemption is simple; guests need only verify their delay with the front desk, and in turn they will receive a Delayed Response voucher – valid at any of the hotel’s F&B outlets during the duration of their wait (for outbound delays) or duration of their forthcoming stay (for inbound delays).
Rather than proceeding to the airport for the impending wait, or alternatively after arriving at the hotel weary following a delayed flight experience, guests are invited to “decompress” at either of the scenic suburban retreat’s two seasonally-inspired restaurants, café or lounge that overlooks the peaceful 150 acre estate and Audubon-certified Championship Golf Course. The Delayed Response discount offer applies to everything Executive Chef Sean Patrick Curry’s kitchen cooks for breakfast, lunch or dinner, from Strawberry Honey Pancakes served with vanilla crème, whipped butter, organic strawberries, and local honey (harvested from beehives on property as of 2015) to an Aurora Angus Burger served on a freshly baked pretzel roll with caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and sweet potato fries. Additionally, Delayed Response partakers can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted cocktails, local designer beers or high end wines at the Lobby Lounge, from the Swinging Piglet (bacon-infused tin cup American whiskey, maple syrup, angostura bitters, and orange) to Opus One.
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch Offers Multiple Rewards For Any Size Meeting
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch announces its new group meeting promotion for 2015. The premier corporate and convention hotel in the region, Hyatt Regency St. Louis prides itself on offering inspiring event venues, a prime downtown location with unmatched Gateway Arch views, and expert staff for all types of events. As a special incentive to their business customers, meeting and event planners who book and hold a new meeting between December 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 will enjoy the following rewards based upon the total number of contracted rooms. Planners must mention offer code STL15 at time of meeting inquiry.
“At Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, we host thousands of meeting and event planners and we are always looking to make their lives easier,” said Bryan King, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. “We understand the value and productivity of connecting with colleagues and business associates in person and by providing these rewards and incentives, we hope to make the hotel an easy and convenient choice to book planners’ next meeting in St. Louis.”
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Announces Free Night for Groups This Fall With New Promotion
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center, the leading resort location on Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin Coast, announced its new “Meet For Two, Get One for You” group meeting and events promotion.
For groups who want to hold events or meetings this September through December, Blue Harbor Resort will offer a free night for all group attendees with a two night paid stay and use of meeting space.
The 246 all-suite Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is the #1 resort on the beautiful Western shore of Lake Michigan.
This Classic Lakeside Resort and Victorian style landmark is a favorite for groups because of its upgraded 17,000 square-feet of function space and the latest in audio visual capabilities.
“Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center consistently receives top ratings and reviews from meeting planners because of our excellent service delivery, stunning location on Lake Michigan and the fresh, classic appearance of our facilities and accommodations,” said John Klemme, Blue Harbor director of group sales.
Blue Harbor is a full service property and conference center, ideally suited for groups of 10-250 attendees. In addition to 182 suite accommodations, Blue Harbor offers 64 well appointed two and four bedroom villas. The resort's Reflections Spa features signature treatment from a full selection of body wraps, massages, couples massages and facials. For dining, unwind at the beautiful lake-view Latitude's Restaurant with its Chef's menu inspired by regional fare. Other culinary options include a sunrise Breakfast at the Beacon Restaurant, or a happy hour cocktail at On the Rocks Lobby Bar, all with stunning views. For groups that need additional team building and leisure activities, Blue Harbor can also arrange golf, watersports, fishing, bonfires and other entertainment.
For meeting planners who want to offer their attendees the added value of bringing spouses or families, Blue Harbor is a perfect choice with its many amenities and complimentary use of Breaker Bay indoor Water Park for guests.
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center is conveniently close to Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay and other gateway cities. The resort is located in Harbor Centre District in scenic Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city known as the “Malibu of the Midwest” for its scenic waterfront, sailing, boating and freshwater surfing. It has also received many accolades including Best Places to Raise a Family by Bloomberg and other national news organizations.
The Meet For Two, Get One for You is valid for new group bookings this September through December, 2014. The offer is based on availability. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.
For more information about this promotion and Blue Harbor meetings and events call 920-457-2554 or visit www.BlueHarborResort.com.
Award-Winning City Tours Announces 2014 Schedule
Award-Winning City Tours, in collaboration with Gray Line Tours Minnesota, has announced the 2014 Twin Cities public tour season schedule.
Serving more than 4,000 riders each year and known for their knowledgeable, well-trained and friendly guides, Award-Winning City Tours offers premiere city tours of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
The tour offerings include Twin City Highlights, the Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise and the Holiday Lights Tour.
The Twin City Highlights tour showcases historic sites and local attractions from Minneapolis to St. Paul. This three-hour long tour includes brief stops at Minnehaha Falls and Guthrie Theater (weather permitting).
2014 Twin City Highlight Tour Information:
RATES: Adults $37; Seniors (55+) $35; Students (13-21) $30; Children (6-12) $27*
* Children 5 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
Twin Cities Highlight Tour Dates:
The Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise begins with a tour of city lakes and Minneapolis landmarks aboard a motorcoach and concludes with a cruise on the Mississippi River aboard a replica of a historic sternwheeler. The six-hour tour includes a short stop at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (weather permitting) and a stop along Nicollet Mall at the Farmers Market where sightseers can have lunch.
Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise Information:
RATES: Adults $47; Seniors (55+) $45; Students (13-21) $40; Children (6-12) $37, (3-5) $17*
* Children 2 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat. Tours are available June 19 – Aug. 14, 2014 (Thursdays only).
The Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise showcases the river town of Stillwater, with a paddlewheel riverboat cruise that includes a buffet meal. Tours are available in 2014 on Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, and 18.
Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise Information:
RATES: Adults $59; Seniors (55+) $55; Students (13-21) $46; Children (4-12) $43*
* Children 3 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
In addition to these tours, Award Winning City Tours offers a Holiday Lights Tour through the cities. Live commentary is provided during the tour including residential lights and historic holiday traditions aboard a motorcoach. Tours are available Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 2014.
Holiday Lights Tour Information:
RATES: Adults $29; Seniors (55+) $28; Students (13-21) $23; Children (6-12) $20*
* Children 5 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
For ticket information, contact a tour specialist at 612-929-8687 (TOUR) or reserve tickets online.
About Award-Winning City Tours
Originally established as metroConnections Public Tours, Award-Winning City Tours has been providing sight-seeing tours of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area since 1987. Throughout the years, Award-Winning City Tours has expanded from the Twin Cities Highlight Tour to include other excursions such as the Stillwater City Tour & St. Croix River Cruise, Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, and the Holiday Lights Tour. In 2010, metroConnections Public Tours was rebranded to “Award-Winning City Tours.” Originally the company’s tagline, it was a natural switch as many customers were already referring to the tours by this name. Award-Winning City Tours is a division owned and operated by metroConnections, Inc. For more information on metroConnections, including our private and group tours, visit www.metroconnections.com.
For more information, visit www.awardwinningcitytours.com.
Three Notorious Incentives at The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel
Groups meeting in Chicago can now travel back in time to the early era of The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, when famous Chicagoans such as Al Capone strutted through the lobby. A new incentive package, The Chicago Mobsters, will help make your meetings a notorious success.
The Chicago Mobsters Incentive package is named for three of Chicago’s most historic and infamous troublemakers (Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, John “Bathhouse” Coughlin and Al Capone) and provides a tiered offering depending on the size of a meeting. Read More